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Camping

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit

Reservations

Reservations are required for all campsites at the Northern Unit.

Reserve a campsite online.

Campgrounds

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

Mauthe Lake campground

Mauthe Lake campground has 135 sites, including 51 electrical sites, one shower building with flush toilets in the 300 loop and several vault toilets throughout the campground. 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.

Mauthe Lake campground map [PDF]

Get Directions - Mauthe Lake Recreation Area and  Campground

Teepee at Mauthe Lake

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.

Long Lake campground map [PDF]

Get Directions - Long Lake Recreation Area and Campground

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.

Backpack shelter camping in the Northern Unit [PDF]

Forest map [PDF]

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 10 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.

Reservations are required for all backpack sites.

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 that accommodate groups of 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. There are no shower facilities in the campground. Greenbush group campground is open for camping April through November.

Greenbush campground map [PDF]

Get Directions -Greenbush Recreation Area and Campground

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. There is no shower facility in the campground.

Horseriders' campground map [PDF]

Get Directions - Horseriders Campground

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; wheelbarrows 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.

Firewood

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

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