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a Wisconsin state park, forest, recreation area or trail.
Camping opportunities
in state parks and forests.
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a vehicle admission sticker or state trail pass.
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to attend a nature program or event with family and friends.
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For information, contact:
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Unit
3544 Kettle Moraine Road
Hartford, WI 53027

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Current conditions


The main campground is open. Three backpack campsites (about a 20-minute hike from the parking lot) are off of the Ice Age Trail and are open year-round.

The Friends of Pike Lake sell firewood bundles at the camp host site or at the office for $5 per bundle.

The campground fills up very quickly during the summer, if you are looking to make a reservation, make sure to do it far in advance!


Please remember that pets are not allowed on the Black Forest Nature Trail or on the observation tower and must be on a leash 8 feet or shorter at all times. Please pick up after your pet. Bag dispensers are located in each parking lot.

Staff and volunteers at Pike Lake are continuing to work hard throughout the year rerouting sections of trails that will remove a few washout areas. These trails will be more sustainable, with a goal of needing less maintenance.


See the DNR events calendar for a list of upcoming events at Pike Lake and all state park properties.

Lake and Beach

Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.

All visitors parking at the beach are required to have either a valid daily or annual vehicle admission sticker.

A pet swimming beach is located off the boardwalk trail north of the beach.

A canoe/kayak launch is located on the north side of the beach area.

A handicap accessible fishing pier is located north of the beach. There is a paved pathway leading directly to the pier.

For current beach conditions, please refer to the Wisconsin Beach Health website [exit DNR].


The forest office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays. The beach contact station has variable hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Last revised: Tuesday July 25 2017