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More than 22,000 acres of glacial hills, kettles, lakes, prairie restoration sites, pine woods and Locationhardwood forests can be found in the Southern Unit, making this a popular area for a wide variety of visitors. The Forest is 30 miles long, extending from the village of Dousman, almost to the city of Whitewater. The forest headquarters is 3 miles west of the village of Eagle on State Highway 59.

Camping Hiking Bicycling Boating Canoeing & Kayaking Picnicking Shelters Swimming Horseback Riding Pets and Dog Training Fishing Hunting Trapping Winter Activities Ice Age Trail

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)

Wisconsin State Park System Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit

Prairie wildflowers at Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit.

DNR Photo

Reserve campsites at the Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit.

Forest Information


  • The state forest is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
  • Forest headquarters: Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mondays - Fridays; please call 262-594-6200 for current weekend hours. A museum and gift shop is available at the headquarters.
  • Ottawa Lake and Whitewater Lake contact stations are open during the camping season. Ottawa Lake campground is open year-round (self registration is required Nov. to March).
  • Whitewater campground is open mid-May through mid-Oct.
  • Horseriders' campground is open for camping from April 1 to mid-Nov.


The Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit is 61 miles east of Madison and 37 miles southwest of Milwaukee. Campers should check in at their campgrounds. Consult a Wisconsin State Highway Map, the forest map [PDF] or see the suggested route directions [PDF]. If using computerized mapping software or a vehicle navigational system, please note that addresses entered into a mapping system may not always come up in the correct location. Instead, enter the intersection of the cross streets nearest your destination. Southern Unit addresses [PDF].


Concessions and rental equipment

Firewood and ice are available at the Whitewater and Ottawa Lake contact stations.

Friends Group and volunteering

  • The Kettle Moraine Natural History Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping preserve the features of outstanding interest in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The Kettle Moraine Natural History Association generates financial support through gift shop sales, donations and membership dues. It has provided matching funds for Stewardship grants. All are invited to become members. Applications for membership are available at the forest headquarters. Members provide vital assistance in financial support and in helping to eradicate invasive plants within the state forest.
  • Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association [exit DNR]
  • State Park System volunteering opportunities
Last revised: Friday October 04 2019