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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 Camping and reservations

The Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit has several camping areas.


Camping reservations for outdoor campsites can be made online or by calling 888-947-2757.


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.


Firewood is available at both the Mauthe Lake and Long Lake entrance stations when they are open.

Frequently asked questions

Mauthe Lake campground

Mauthe Lake campground has 135 sites, including 51 electrical sites, one shower building with flush toilets and several vault toilets. The beach area has playground equipment and vending machines with snacks and beverages. Concessions are available for watercraft rental. Campsites accessible to people with disabilities are available. A sanitary dump station and recycling/garbage station is provided for registered campers. Mauthe Lake is open for camping year round. Call for more information.

Teepee at Mauthe Lake

Tipi Campsite

Enjoy the unique opportunity to camp in a canvas reproduction of a Native American plains teepee from mid-May through September. The teepee is 16 feet in diameter and supported by 25-foot-long wooden lodge poles. Four cots are provided. If you have more than four members in your camping party, there is room on the site to accommodate an additional tent if desired.

Special tepee camping rules apply at the Kettle Moraine Northern Unit. No smoking, fuels, flames or equipment such as stoves, gas lanterns, heaters or candles are allowed inside of the tepee. Pets are not allowed. Do not spray insect repellent inside or near the tepee. This is a non-electric "tent only" site. No wheeled campers are permitted.

Long Lake campground

Long Lake campground provides 200 sites, flush and vault toilets and showers. Campsites accessible to people with disabilities are available. A sanitary dump station and recycling/garbage station is provided for registered campers. Long Lake Campground is open for camping the first weekend in May through mid-October. Call for more information.

Backpack shelters

Five backpack shelters are available year round for rustic camping along the 31 miles [PDF] of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. One backpack shelter is available from April 1 through November at the Zillmer Trail [PDF] area. Each site offers a roofed trail shelter, fire ring and pit toilet. Drinking water is available less than a mile from each site.

These sites are not accessible by vehicle. All camping equipment must be backpacked in and all refuse packed out. A camping permit is required and you must camp at a designated shelter campsite.

Only one reservation (camping party) is allowed per site per night. Reservations are limited to ten persons per site and are limited to one night per site. Another site may be reserved for a second night and a third night at a third site. You must call 888-947-2757, to make backpack shelter reservations—backpack shelter reservations cannot be made online.

If you do not have a reservation, you must stop in at either the Forest Headquarters, Ice Age Visitor Center or Mauthe/Long Lake Entrance Stations (when open) to obtain a camping permit. Site availability is limited for spring and fall weekends and reservations are recommended. A reservation is required for stays longer than two nights along the trail.

If all the backpack sites are reserved for a weekend night on your hiking trip, consider staying one night at the Mauthe Lake campground.

Greenbush group campground

The Greenbush group campground offers nine outdoor sites which accommodate groups up to 40 individuals. Only tent camping is allowed on the actual campsite. Sites are near the Greenbush trails, where campers can enjoy hiking or off-road biking. An enclosed shelter building, drinking water and vault toilets are available nearby. Greenbush group campground is open for camping April through November.

Discounted camping rates are available for resident chartered non-profit youth groups.

New Prospect horseriders' campground

The New Prospect horseriders' campground has 22 family campsites with 20/30/50 amp electric service and three group sites. In the family camping area, each site has a picnic table, fire ring and a 30-by-30-foot graveled area with picket posts and/or pipe corrals where horses are to be kept. The camp area has one drinking water source, an open air picnic shelter, vault toilet, covered stable with 24 box stalls and manure pits.

In the group camp area, each site has a drinking water source, fire ring, four picnic tables and a manure pit. Group sites A and C each have nine, 10-by-10-foot metal pipe corrals. Group Site B has two tether post areas and 12 pipe corrals. The group camp has a vault toilet. No more than 20 people may occupy a group site.

Campers are responsible to place all hay and manure in the manure pits which are located throughout the campground; wheel barrows and forks are provided. Horses are to be kept in designated areas to protect the green space of the campground.

The campground is centrally located in the state forest and provides easy access to the 33-mile bridle trail which traverses the length of the forest. There also are two loop trails, the 2.5-mile Crooked Lake Loop and the 4-mile Forest Lake Loop. All horse riders 16 years and older must have a state trail pass while using the designated bridle trails in the state forest. The campground opens the first weekend in May and closes the last weekend in October.

Last revised: Monday December 17 2018