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Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit

Forest headquarters


The Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit is 61 miles east of Madison and 37 miles southwest of Milwaukee. Check-in for camping is not required. Campers should go directly to the campsite where they are staying. Campers should check their confirmation letter for the campground name and address of the reservation. Campground directions are also available below. 

Get directions:

Campground addresses

Ottawa Lake Visitor Center and Campground
S59 W36530 County ZZ
Dousman, WI 53118

Pinewoods Campground
W348 S4695 Waterville Rd.
Dousman, WI 53118

Horserider’s Campground
W830 Little Prairie Rd.
Palmyra, WI 53156

Whitewater Lake Visitor Center and Campground
W7796 Kettle Moraine Drive
Whitewater, WI 53190


The state forest is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.


Learn about the property

Learn more about the nature and history that make this forest special.

Friends groups

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

Southern Kettles Off-Road Riders (Bike Trails)

Management and planning

For more information about planning for this property, see: Property Master Plans.

About the area

Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive

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