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Kettle Moraine State Forest - Loew Lake Unit
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Kettle Moraine State Forest - Loew Lake Unit Activities and recreation

Hiking Hiking

Over four miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail go through the forest.

Horseback riding Horseback riding

There are about 5 miles of horseback riding trails in the forest. There is no overnight horse camping. Horses are only allowed on designated horse trails and vehicle parking lots.

Fishing Fishing

Fishing is available in Loew Lake. Fishing licenses apply.

Canoeing/Kayaking Boating, canoeing and kayaking

Canoeing, kayaking and boating are very popular activities at Loew Lake. There is a free boat launch on County Highway Q, just west of the DNR parking lot. Only small boats are able to make it to the lake via the river from the boat launch. The river is very shallow in places and there is a low bridge across it. Loew Lake is less than 50 acres and is slow, no wake only.

Hunting Trapping Hunting and trapping

Most of the Loew Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest's 1,200 acres are open to hunting during established hunting seasons. Special disabled permits can be obtained by contacting the forest office. Consult the hunting and trapping regulations before going hunting.

Deer Hunting: Only the use of muzzleloaders and/or bows and crossbows during firearm deer seasons is allowed.

Hunting is not permitted in intensive use areas such as parking lots, or other posted special use areas. There are many areas of private land scattered throughout the forest. It is the hunter's responsibility to be sure to stay on state-owned property and not trespass on adjacent private lands.

Winter Activities Winter activities

The forest is open year-round for snowshoeing and winter hiking. Trails are not groomed for skiing. A snowmobile trail crosses part of the property.

The opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report [exit DNR], and local club and county snowmobile web pages [exit DNR] and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.

Last revised: Wednesday March 29 2017