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Winter Receration

Kettle Moraine State Forest – Pike Lake Unit

Pike Lake Unit provides beauty and recreational opportunities for visitors year-round! Winter map.

The lake freezes over for about three months each winter. The forest does not monitor or measure the thickness of the ice on the lake. Ice thickness and safety can vary from day to day and from location to location. Use your best judgment about the safety of the ice.

Cross-country skiing

There are 2.5 miles of cross-country ski trails groomed for both traditional and skate skiing. The groomed ski trails are east of Powder Hill Road. Use the Nature Trail parking area for cross-country ski trail access. Winter hiking and snowshoeing are allowed on all trails west of Powder Hill Road and the Ice Age Trail. A snowmobile trail crosses part of the property.


The opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails that 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 webpages [exit DNR] and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.