Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit

A 29,000-acre gift of the glacier, the rolling, wooded landscape is dotted with serene lakes and offers a unique outdoor recreational experience of endless variety.


Made up of geological formations caused by retreating glaciers, the forest is managed for forestry and outdoor recreation. Visitors can explore and enjoy almost 30,000 acres of rolling hills, lakes, forests, and grasslands. The forest is internationally known for its unique glacial features. Textbook examples of glacial landforms are scattered throughout the forest, such as drumlins, kames, eskers and kettles. Here in the area of the Kettle Moraine State Forest two finger-like lobes of the glacier met along a northeast to southwest line. At their junction, billions of tons of sand, gravel, and rock were deposited as the ice slowly melted away 10,000 years ago. The glaciers' massive size and impact is seen from the dimensions of the kames. Within the forest the largest kame rises over 350 feet above the surrounding land area.

Features of the Northern Unit are Greenbush Recreation Area, with a group camping area and hiking trails; Parnell Observation Tower; Long Lake Recreation Area, with a campground, a beach and boat launch; Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center; and Mauthe Lake Recreation Area, with a campground. Moreover; Auto Tour / Scenic Drive, Camping, Canoeing / Boating, Cross-Country Skiing, Dog Training (Hunting), Fishing, kayaking, rafting, Hiking Trails, Horse Riding Trails, Hunting, Ice Age Trail, Naturalist Programs, Nature and Wildlife Viewing, Observation Tower, Off-Road Biking, Enjoying the Forest with Your Pet, Picnicking / Picnic Shelter Rentals, Service Opportunities, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing / Hiking, Swimming etc. all are great outdoors fun.

58 miles of snowmobiling trails & 75 miles of Snowshoeing that wind throughout the length of the forest and connect with local county trails. Can go off trail in winter for showshoeing. Also visit Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center and learn how the glaciers of the last Ice Age shaped the landscape of the Kettle Moraine area. Also Kettle Moraine Carriages Horse-drawn hayrides, sleigh rides, and carriage rides are great for all occasions. Moreover Campbellsport Village is located within the southeastern portion of Fond du Lac County, west of scenic Kettle Moraine State Park, the setting of the Milwaukee River, combined with the village’s parks, trails, and attractive, well-kept homes, offers a safe, friendly, rural environment that creates a sense of home.

The rustic charm the of the Northern Kettle Moraine will entice your city dwelling personalities, that just have to get out, and into the country woods, for that fresh air, and country smell of the Northern Kettle Moraine. It is mature dry-mesic forest of basswood, sugar maple, white ash, white oak and black cherry. Red oak dominates the canopy while the ground layer has many species of plants and shrubs, from orchids to ferns. This diversity is very attractive to rare birds such as the Acadian Flycatcher, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Cerulean Warbler. Owls, warblers, and Scarlet Tanagers are also found here. Ice Age Reserve Visitor Center is open daily. Pets are welcome.

Camping in the Northern Kettle moraine is great; there are many things to do, like fishing, swimming, kayaking, rafting, picnicking, hiking, and biking… So go have fun, and enjoy yourself, in the great outdoors, of the Northern Kettle Moraine.

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Direction:
Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit in the Village of Campbellsport - Fond du Lac County (Southeast WI).

Location

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit
N1765 Highway G Forest Headquarters
Campbellsport, WI 53010
United States
Phone: 
(920) 533-5156, (920) 533-5339, 262/626-2116, (920) 533-5156 [FAX]
Phone: 
Ice Age Visitor Center: (920) 533-8322
Phone: 
Email: Jackie.Scharfenberg@wisconsin.gov (Naturalist), Joan.Neis@wisconsin.gov (Visitors Services)

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