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Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unt

Who We Are

Manage, enhance, and protect the natural and cultural resources of the Northern Unit including:

*More than 150 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, moutain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling

*30+ mile of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail with 5 backpack shelters for overnight camping

*12 lakes within or bordering the Northern Unit used for boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming

*East Branch of the Milwaukee River and several small streams including 2 trout streams

*4 campgrounds - Long Lake with 200 sites, Mauthe Lake with 135 sites, Horse Riders Camp with 3 group and 22 family sites; Greenbush with 9 group sites

*95 percent of the Northern Unit is open for hunting

*2 dog training areas (wet and dry)

*Parnell Tour - 60 foot tower on the highest spot in the Northern Unit

*Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive - starts at Elkhart Lake and then runs south to end at the Whitewater Lake at the south end of the Southern Unit

*Wildlife viewing areas throughout the forest - excellent bird watching with more than 260 species recorded

Conduct more than 230 educational programs for more than 9000 people on an annual basis.

Greet and orientate thousands and thousands of visitors to the Northern Unit at the Ice Age Visitor Center, Forest Headquarters, and Long Lake and Mauthe Lake Recreation Areas.



What We Do

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit is one of six units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, part of the Wisconsin State Park System, and one of nine units of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. It comprises nearly 30,000 acres of diverse plant communities, lakes, and glacial landforms created by the glaciers of the last Ice Age. The Northern Unit spans approximately 30 miles from Glenbeulah to south of New Fane along a portion of the interlobate moraine, which ends near Whitewater Lake at the southern end of the Southern Unit.

The Kettle Moraine State Forest was created to provide a recreational area close to metropolitan Milwaukee, and to protect the headwaters of the Milwaukee River.  It all began when the Milwaukee Chapter of the Izaak Walton League deeded their 850 acres around Moon (now Mauthe) Lake to the State of Wisconsin in 1936.

The Northern Unit is managed for multiple uses, including sustainable forestry, environmental and glacial landform protection, and recreation.  Hundreds of thousands of visitors come annually to pursue a wide array of year-round activities.