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For information on this Master Plan in progress, or to submit comments, please contact:
Shelley Warwick, planner
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S Webster St.
Madison WI 53703

Property Master Planning Southern Kettle Moraine Waters Master Plan

Welcome to the master planning site for the Kettle Moraine State Forest: Mukwonago River Unit and Lulu Lake State Natural Area. We hope you find this to be an interesting and informative source of information about this project in Waukesha and Walworth counties, Wisconsin.

Mukwonago River.

The Mukwonago River runs through a portion of the properties.

Master Plan Update

The draft master plan and environmental analysis for Kettle Moraine Waters is now available for public review. We will present this document to the Natural Resources Board at their August 8th, 2018 meeting in Green Bay. Please visit the Natural Resources Board web page for additional information including the meeting agenda and public participation guidelines.

Vision and goals

Vision and Goals

Vision Statements

  • Conserve and protect the outstanding collection of scenic, scientific, biological, and cultural features and values as part of the Mukwonago River Watershed.
  • Provide recreational connections to the surrounding community and public lands.
  • Preserve the benefits of the mostly natural, undeveloped Southern Kettle Moraine Waters for present and future generations.


  • Goal: Fundamental Recreation
    This site provides a rare opportunity to experience the land and waters of the kettle moraine landscape along with traditional passive outdoor recreation activities in a natural setting.
  • Goal: Ecological Management
    The waters and associated landscapes that have been shaped by the glaciers support important ecological communities such as oak savanna, wetlands and cold water fisheries. These unique features sustain rare habitats and species of plants and animals
  • Goal: Education and Interpretation
    These lands and waters offer interpretive and educational opportunities focusing upon natural and human history. These opportunities provide for a rich story to be told about the Mukwonago River and the surrounding landscapes while enhancing outdoor recreation skills.
  • Goal: Public Access
    This landscape offers a number of opportunities for safe public access to both the lands and waters.
  • Goal: Regional Connections
    These properties are important conduits for recreation and conservation opportunities and can serve as a key link by connecting the kettle moraine landscape to the surrounding communities.



Purchased in 2008, the Mukwonago River Unit (MRU) of the Kettle Moraine State Forest possesses an abundance of natural resources and is an important location for providing recreational opportunities in southeast Wisconsin. This state forest is only 35 miles west of Milwaukee. About five million people live within 100 miles of the property. Through its healthy wetlands and river ecosystems, the MRU offers exceptional outdoor recreation benefits for public enjoyment among a diversity of wildlife. The ongoing restoration and conservation project will result in all-season access to the property. There are currently five nature-based outdoor recreation activities allowed: hunting, fishing, hiking, trapping and cross country skiing. Including its lakes and tributaries, the Mukwonago River supports 59 species of fish, and is one of the most biologically rich mussel habitats in Wisconsin. Although water clarity is typically low, the river provides suitable habitats for panfish, largemouth bass and northern pike. The frontage along the Mukwonago River is classified as an outstanding water resource and a Class II trout stream.

Lulu Lake was designated a State Natural Area in 1977 to protect the habitat of the diverse wetland and upland wildlife communities which have been nearly eliminated from southeastern Wisconsin. Lulu Lake contains open stands of oak trees, a natural phenomenon which is increasingly rare in Wisconsin. Calcareous fens, the rarest type of wetland in Wisconsin, provide a habitat for plants that tolerate the calcium and magnesium derived from the underlying dolomite bedrock. Lulu Lake State Natural Area also has good examples of dry prairies and dry oak forests. Lulu Lake itself is exceptionally clear and possesses an unusual number of fish species. Altogether, Lulu Lake provides an intermingled set of wildlife communities which are rare, and exist in a way which is unique in Wisconsin. Lulu Lake State Natural Area provides support for the adjacent Mukwonago River Unit which has the potential to offer a greater range of recreational opportunities. With careful management, Lulu Lake State Natural Area will be able to continue to support nearby recreation, as well as provide an excellent example of natural Wisconsin for years to come.

Last revised: Friday July 27 2018