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For information, contact:
Mailing address:
Forest Headquarters

S91 W39091 Highway 59
Eagle, WI 53119

Trail Conditions Hotline: 262-594-6202 Bike/horse/ski trails

Ottawa Lake Visitor Center and Campground
Camping Open All Year
S59 W36530 County ZZ
Dousman, WI 53118
262-594-6220 (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Rebecca Peiffer, Visitor Services

Pinewoods Campground Campers must check in at Ottawa Lake Visitor Center

Horserider’s Campground
W830 Little Prairie Rd.
Palmyra, WI 53156

Whitewater Lake Visitor Center and Campground
W7796 Kettle Moraine Drive
Whitewater, WI 53190
262-473-7501 (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit Current conditions


See the DNR Events Calendar for a list of all the events at the Southern Unit.


There are two beaches within the Southern Unit, at Ottawa Lake and at Whitewater Lake. Water at both locations is tested weekly for bacteria levels. Occasionally during summer, the beaches may be closed due to bacteria levels.

For current beach conditions, please refer to the Wisconsin Beach Health website [exit DNR].


Ottawa Lake Campground is open year-round for camping.

There are two large race events at the Ottawa Lake Recreation Area each year. Visitors will notice an increase in traffic during these times.

  • Tri-ing for Children – July 27-28, 2019
  • Northface Challenge – September 14-15, 2019

Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.

The Pinewoods Campground is about 5 miles northeast of Ottawa Lake. It has non-electric sites, drinking water, and vault toilets in each of the 3 loops. There is a centrally located flush toilet and shower building. This is a great place to tent camp. Some roads are narrow between the pine trees, so longer camping units are not recommended. There has been pine thinning activities that have changed the appearance of loop 3 this past winter. Expect sites to be cleared of underbrush between sites.

The Pinewoods Group sites have a vault toilet and drinking water. The flush toilet and shower building is about 1 mile away.

The Whitewater Lake Campground and Hickory Woods Group sites are about 1 mile from Whitewater Lake. The have non-electric sites, drinking water, and vault toilets. Campers may drive to the Horseriders’ Campground (about 20 minutes away) to use the shower facilities.

Ice Age Trail has three backpack shelters open year-round. A camping permit is required, and you must camp at a designated shelter campsite. We allow one camping party, maximum of 10 people per shelter per night. Everything is backpacked in and out. Reservations are strongly recommended for backpack shelter camping on weekends. If you do not have a reservation, we recommend calling ahead to determine availability for first-come, first-served backpack shelter camping. For more information, call 262-594-6200.

Office hours

The forest headquarters, museum and trading post is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office phone number is 262-594-6200. Stop by and learn about our glacial and cultural heritage at the free museum.

For the most up-to-date information, call the Trail Information Line, 262-594-6202 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Last revised: Monday July 15 2019