Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake UnitActivities and recreation
Nine different hiking trails provide you with a variety of topography and scenery. Summer is a great time to view wildflowers while walking the forest trails. Pets must be on a leash 8 feet or shorter at all times.
Bikes are allowed on all roadways and on the designated bike trail within the forest. This bike trail begins at the beach and picnic area and ends at the northwest property boundary of the forest. The City of Hartford maintains the bike trail that continues from the Forest into Hartford.
The state forest has a swimming beach. Lifeguards are not provided.
Boating, canoeing and kayaking
Pike Lake provides a great place for boating and fishing for the entire family. There is not a boat launch within the state forest boundaries. However, there are one public and two private landings across the lake from the state forest.
The Pike Lake Unit has picnic tables and grills available throughout the picnic area. Two shelters can be reserved for group activities.
Pike Lake was named for its excellent walleye pike fishing, but there are also several other types of game fish in the lake. Anglers can either fish from boats or from shore, outside the marked swimming area (tall white buoys).
There are 2.5 miles of cross country ski trails groomed for both traditional and skate skiing. The groomed ski trails are east of Powder Hill Road. Use the Nature Trail Parking Area for cross-country ski trail access. Winter hiking and snowshoeing are allowed on all trails west of Powder Hill Road and the Ice Age Trail.
The lake freezes over for about three months each winter. The forest does not monitor or measure the thickness of the ice on the lake. Ice thickness and safety can vary from day to day and from location to location. Use your best judgment about the safety of the ice.