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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

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Northern Unit Current conditions


Trail Notice: The mountain bike trails are all open, although riders should be alert for any remaining obstructions. The Tamarack and Lake to Lake trails still have some standing water, but are open.

Work continues to clean up fallen trees from the August storm. The horse trails are all open, but messy. The endurance ride for the weekend of Sept. 15-16 will proceed, although there may be a route change.

The Ice Age Trail is closed from County V to Scenic Dr., and has not been inspected north of County Rd U. The access trail to Shelter 3 is impassible, but the shelter can be reached from Division Rd.

The Butler Lake and Summit trails are closed. The Parnell Tower trail is open to the tower and Shelter 4, but the rest of the trail is closed. Greenbush, New Fane and Zillmer trail systems are open.

Please check back to this website, or call the Forest Headquarters at 262-626-2116 for the latest trail report.

A reminder that Wisconsin state trail passes are required for all riders age 16 and over.

Events and programs

See the DNR Events Calendar for a list of all events at the Kettle Moraine Northern Unit.


Lakes Notice: The “No Wake” order has been lifted on Long Lake, reverting back to regular wake hours. The North Beach and Pet Picnic area at Long Lake are closed, but the south beach, beach house and boat launch are open.

The Mauthe Lake boat launch still retains some water, but is open. 

See the lakes web page for more information on fishing opportunities.


The Long Lake 800s loop has closed for the season, but all other loops and campgrounds are cleared and open.

Mauthe Lake and Long Lake campground offices are now open weekends only, Fridays-Sundays.  Self-registration on our first-come, first-served sites is available by following the instructions at the entrance bulletin boards (cash or check only). For horse camping, please contact the Forest Headquarters or see the Horse Camp Host regarding the status of possible openings.

Ice Age Trail Backpack Shelters: Advanced planning and reservations are strongly recommended. See the backpack shelter guide [PDF] for information, water sources and reservations.

A reminder that open-land camping is not allowed in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. All overnight visitors must be registered and stay on a campsite.


Small game and bow deer hunting seasons open Sept. 15. From now through the end of the year, there will be some type of hunting season open in the forest.

About 95 percent of the forest is open to hunting during established open seasons. Visitors may consult our Hunting map [PDF] for areas open and closed to hunting.

More information

The Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center is open daily: Weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Forest Headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.

A vehicle admission sticker is required in all fee use areas.

Last revised: Thursday September 13 2018