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Water Recreation

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit

Boating, canoeing and kayaking

Public access is provided on these lakes by either a developed boat landing or walk-in access. Lake Seven, Mauthe, Forest and Butler lakes prohibit the use of gas-powered motors. Other boating restrictions may apply. Check at landings for posted information regarding wake and no-wake rules, and whether or not a state park vehicle admission sticker is required. Lakes within the Forest.

For information on watercraft rentals, see concessions and rentals.


The state forest has three swimming beaches, one at Mauthe Lake and two at Long Lake. Swimming areas are designated by marker buoys. Lifeguards are not provided. Pets, soaps, food and beverages are prohibited in marked swim areas. Picnic tables, grills and toilets are available near the beaches. A carry-in, carry-out policy applies at these day-use areas.

Mauthe Lake's beach and Long Lake's south beach include playground equipment suitable for young children and a reservable picnic shelter. Water quality is tested regularly from Memorial Day to Labor Day and any advisories are posted at the beaches.