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a Wisconsin state park, forest, recreation area or trail.
Camping opportunities
in state parks and forests.
How to buy
a vehicle admission sticker or state trail pass.
Get Outdoors!
to attend a nature program or event with family and friends.
Contact information
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


Cross-country ski trail conditions.

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

Pets, as long as they are on a leash 8 feet or shorter, are welcome on hiking trails with the exception of nature trails.


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

A Candlelight Ski is scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 6-9 p.m.


Ottawa Lake Campground is open year-round for camping. The office at Ottawa Lake is closed for the season, however several campsites will be plowed for winter camping, including two walk-in sites. You will need to use cash or check for the self-registration system at the contact station when registering for camping. Water is available outside the contact station on the west wall. The winter toilet is near sites 359. The dump station is open, however the water is turned off.

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.

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.

All other campgrounds are closed for the season. Opening dates for campgrounds within the Southern Unit:

  • Pinewoods Group Sites - April 1
  • Horseriders Campground - April 1
  • Pinewoods Family Campsites - May 1
  • Whitewater Lake Family Campsites - May 17
  • Hickory Woods Group Sites - May 17

Office hours

The forest headquarters, museum and trading post is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 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: Friday December 21 2018