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Contact information
For information, contact:
Forest Headquarters
N1765 Highway G
Campbellsport WI 53010
262-626-2116

Ice Age Visitor Center
920-533-8322

Jason Quast, Superintendent
Jackie Scharfenberg, Naturalist
Deb Harder, Visitor Services

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Entrance Station
262-626-4305

Long Lake Recreation Area Entrance Station
920-533-8612

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Northern Unit Current conditions

Trails

The forest has received no significant snow since December 1. For information about current ski conditions, see: Cross-country ski trail conditions.

Hikers and pets are prohibited form ski trails when snow is present, or when warm weather hiking creates ruts on the ski trail base. All other hiking trails are open, as are the horse and mountain bike trails.

A Wisconsin state trail passes is required for all skiers, bikers, and horse riders age 16 and over. All riders should refrain from using the trails within 24 hours of a rain event, to allow time to dry and stabilize.

Events and programs

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

Lakes

Mauthe, Long, Butler, and Auburn lake boat launches will be kept open through winter (a state park sticker is required). The DNR does not monitor ice conditions – anglers should access the ice with caution.  Vehicles are not allowed on the ice at Mauthe Lake.

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

Camping

Mauthe Lake 500s loop has closed for the season, and the rest of the campground is now first-come, first-served until spring. Campers must self-register for sites by following the instructions at the entrance bulletin board.

The showers and flush toilets have been shut down, but drinking water is available from a spigot behind the entrance station. Only the 100 loop will be plowed. Reservations are being accepted now for the 2020 camping season, which begins April 10.

Long Lake campground has closed for the season. Reservations are accepted now for the 2020 season, which opens May 1.

Greenbush Group Camp has closed for the season. Reservations are accepted now for the 2020 season, which opens April 17. New Prospect Horse Camp has closed for the season. Reservations are accepted now for the 2020 season, which opens April 24.

The Ice Age Trail backpack shelters are reservable year-round.

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.

Hunting

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.

The regular gun deer seasons are over; however, both Sheboygan and Washington counties are participating in the Holiday Deer Hunt from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. The Mauthe Lake and Long Lake campgrounds are closed to hunting, and are a good alternative to hikers during hunting seasons. 

More information

The Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center is open Wednesdays-Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitor Center will be closed Thanksgiving week and state holidays.

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 December 19 2019