The Kettle Moraine Northern Unit is comprised of about 30,000 acres stretching 30 miles across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Washington Counties. The forest is managed for multiple use, including recreation management, sustainable forest products, water quality and soil protection, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, native biological diversity and aesthetics.
- Contact information
- For information, contact:
- Forest Headquarters
N1765 Highway G
Campbellsport WI 53010
Ice Age Visitor Center
Jason Quast, Superintendent
Jackie Scharfenberg, Naturalist
Deb Harder, Visitor Services
Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Entrance Station
Long Lake Recreation Area Entrance Station
Wisconsin State Park System Kettle Moraine State Forest—Northern Unit
Horse Trails Notice: The horse trails in the forest remain closed. Rain received over the weekend of Sept. 24-25 added to already saturated conditions, and there is standing water on some trail sections. Staff will monitor trail conditions and weather, and updates will be posted on this website and office phone. For updated trail conditions, visitors can call the forest office at 262-626-2116.
- The forest is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
- Forest headquarters: Open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
- Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center: Open 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday; and 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends. Hours vary November-March.
- Mauthe Lake Recreation Area entrance station: Memorial Day - Labor Day, Open Saturdays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.. and Fridays 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Hours vary during off-season.
- Long Lake Recreation Area Entrance Station: Memorial Day - Labor Day, Open Saturdays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Hours vary during off-season.
The northern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is 45 minutes north of Milwaukee. Suggested routes from Fond du Lac/Oshkosh/Appleton, Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago and Sheboygan/Plymouth to Forest Headquarters, Ice Age Center, Mauthe Lake, Long Lake and Greenbush are provided as a courtesy. For best results, see a Wisconsin State Highway Map and our Forest Map to determine if the suggested route will work best for you. Additional information is available, if you use computerized mapping software or a vehicle navigational system.
- Vehicle admission sticker is required.
- Camping fees for the Wisconsin State Park System.
- State trail pass is required for bikers and horseback riders 16 years of age and older.
- Hunting and fishing licenses apply.
- The Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit is part of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve and Federal passes are honored. Holders of National Parks passports receive a waiver of the vehicle admission fees, but camping fees are not affected.
Concessions and rental equipment
A concession stand is located at the Mauthe Lake picnic area. Food and beverages are available for sale. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day the concession stand is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday/Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Parkview General Store provides a fleet of rowboats and canoes for fishing or just paddling. It also has three funyaks and two four-seat paddle boats. Most of the float craft are at Mauthe Lake Recreational Area's boat landing, however rowboats are also at Lake Seven, Forest and Auburn Lake. To rent a watercraft, first go to the Parkview General Store on County Highway GGG, about 0.2 miles north of the Mauthe Lake Recreation Area's entrance road. After paying rental fees, you will receive a key to unlock your rental at the boat launch area. A personal floatation device for each person is included in the rental.
Firewood ($5 per rack) is available near the Mauthe Lake and Long Lake entrance stations when open. An honor system keeps the cost of firewood low.
Friends group and volunteering
- Butler Lake trail—hiking
- Crooked Lake and Forest Lake trails—bridle trails
- Greenbush trails—hiking and cross-country skiing
- Greenbush trails—mountain biking and snowshoeing
- Horse trails
- Lake to Lake Bike Trail—hiking, biking
- Moraine self-guided nature trail
- New Fane trails—hiking, biking, skiing
- Parnell Tower trail—hiking
- Tamarack trail—hiking
- Zillmer trails—hiking, skiing
- Mauthe Lake campground map
- Long Lake campground map
- Greenbush campground map
- New Prospect horseriders' campground map