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Contact information
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

Nature and Trails

The Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit is well past peak, and hikers are enjoying views not seen since spring.  A solid few inches of snow from recent storms has created a look more like January than November.  Equipment is being prepped for ski trail grooming, but the work has not yet begun.  Therefore, hikers will still be allowed on the ski trails at least through this weekend.  Fat tire bike riders are allowed on the mountain bike trails at Greenbush and New Fane.  There is not enough of a base yet for snowmobiles, so these trails remain open for horseback riders.  If the snow holds, snowshoers might try out the Butler Lake, Parnell, or Ice Age Trails. 

Above-average rainfall in the area has led to higher surface levels on ponds and kettles throughout the forest, which means waterfowl could be widely dispersed this year. Several inches of water remain over the Tamarack Trail, and the Lake to Lake trail near Mauthe Lake. The trails are open, but hikers should use caution.

A State Trail Pass is required for all horse and bike 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.


The boat launch road at Mauthe Lake remains flooded, but the fishing pier is again accessible.

The fishing pier at Long Lake has been removed, and the beachhouses are closed for the winter season.

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


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 100s 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 open now for the 2020 season, which opens May 1.

Greenbush Group Camp is open and reservable through November 16. Horse camp reservation season has ended, but campers may still register for first-come first-served sites until mid-November.  Reservations are being accepted now for the 2020 camping 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.


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 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 November 07 2019