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Kettle Moraine State Forest—Northern Unit Lakes

Kettle Moraine northern unit has more than a dozen lakes and ponds—mostly kettles, but also two impoundments of the Milwaukee River. The eight lakes listed below range in size from 477 acres(Long Lake) to less than seven acres, accounting for a total of 786 acres. A state park vehicle admission sticker is required at some boat landings.

Auburn Lake

A medium-sized kettle lake, Auburn Lake provides a diverse fishery. A paved boat launch and trailer parking area are across from the Forest Headquarters entrance road. Access to launch is a narrow gravel road not suitable for large boat trailers. A local wake ordinance, posted at landing, is in effect. A state park vehicle admission sticker is required.

Expect to catch...
Bluegills Common. Average size.
Crappies Present, but generally not quality size.
Northern Pike Often found near outlet stream mouth and on north end across from boat landing.
Yellow Bass Abundant, but small.
Largemouth Bass Present. Some of quality size.

Butler Lake

Butler Lake is the smallest of the easily-accessible Kettle Moraine Lakes. It is a kettle lake with an emergent wetland fringe around most of the lake. The Ice Age Trail meanders through the Butler Lake area and there is a loop hiking trail system near the lake. Butler Lake is spring-fed and the water remains fairly cold and oxygenated. There is a paved parking lot and gravel launch area for canoes or small rowboats. Gas motors are not allowed. A water pump is available near the parking lot. A state park vehicle admission sticker is required.

Expect to catch...
Bluegills Small, but abundant.
Largemouth Bass Present, average size.

Crooked Lake

This medium-sized kettle lake has relatively clear water and a diverse aquatic plant community. A gravel access road, boat launch, and parking area are off of County Road SS. The launch, suitable for canoes and small boats, is shallow and weedy.

Expect to catch...
Bluegills Common, average size.
Yellow Perch Common but small.
Crappies Population fluctuates widely with very good fishing some years.
Northern Pike Present, average size.
Largemouth Bass Present and of quality size.

Forest Lake

Forest Lake is a small kettle lake with a mostly-developed shoreline. A marked and fairly steep walk-in public access is off County Highway GGG. The lake is only suitable for canoes, small rowboats or paddle boats. No motors are allowed. Northern pike, walleyes and bass, are catch and release only.

Expect to catch...
Bluegills Abundant, but small.
Crappies Present.
Northern Pike Present. Catch and release only.
Largemouth Bass Quality population. Catch and release
only.

Kettle Moraine Lake (Round Lake)

The second-largest lake in the area, Kettle Moraine Lake has relatively clear water. Many parts of the lake are weedy and shallow. There is no State Forest access available on this lake, but the public can launch at NanSea's Tiki Bar on the east side. Obey the local wake ordinance, posted at the landing

Expect to catch...
Bluegills Abundant, few of quality size.
Yellow Perch Present, generally small.
Crappies Present, quality size at times.
Northern Pike Large population for a lake this size. Commonly found in the 17-inch to 21-inch size range.
Walleye Present. Some of quality size.
Largemouth Bass Common, and of quality size.
Bullheads Bullhead fishing is the highlight of Kettle Moraine Lake in summer.

Lake Seven

This small, mostly undeveloped kettle lake has clear water and a diverse aquatic plant community. It is historically known as a tremendous bluegill lake. No gas motors allowed. Fairly shallow gravel boat launch for canoes and small rowboats.

Expect to catch...
Bluegills Abundant, average size.
Largemouth Bass Very abundant, but small size.

Long Lake

Long Lake is a 3-mile long impoundment of the East Branch of the Milwaukee River. The lake has relatively clear water and is stocked by the DNR and the Long Lake Fishing Club. Heavy recreational use in the summer may make fishing difficult. An accessible fishing pier and shoreline fishing opportunities are found in the Long Lake Recreation Area. The area has a developed boat launch and parking for over 20 vehicles and trailers. The boat launch fills on summer weekends. Obey the local wake ordinance, posted at the landing. A state park vehicle admission sticker is required.

Expect to catch...
Bluegills 6-7 inches is common in summer. Best fishing along mid-depth weed lines and in deeper water on vegetated mid-depth flats.
Crappies Present.
Walleye Present. Some of quality size.
Northern Pike A good population with some larger fish.
Largemouth Bass Common in summer. The lake has a very good population with a nice size structure of fish available.
Bullheads One of the most popular summer fish to catch, especially near the boat launch.

Mauthe Lake

Mauthe Lake is a 78-acre impoundment of the East Branch of the Milwaukee River and is entirely within the state forest boundaries. Accessible fishing pier, trail to dam and shoreline fishing opportunities are within the recreation area. Paved launch for canoes and small boats. No gas motors allowed; electric trolling motors are allowed. A state park vehicle admission sticker is required. No off-road vehicles (snowmobiles, ATVs) allowed on the ice or at any time.

Expect to catch...
Bluegills Abundant, but small.
Crappies Occasionally the highlight of the fishery.
Largemouth Bass Common, and of quality size.
Northern Pike Although not a large lake, some pike in the 30-inch range are caught.
Last revised: Friday November 04 2016