Kettle Moraine State Forest- South Unit
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 274
Number of Sites with Electric: 49
Pinewoods has 101 campsites, flush toilets, pit toilets, and showers. There are no electrical sites at this campground. A playground is next to the shower building.This campground offers a designated area for those who want to enjoy the peace and quiet that nature has to offer. Loop 1 (of 3 loops) is a 24-hour quiet zone, meaning no pets, radios, or mechanical device noises are allowed, ensuring a peaceful visit. A recycling/garbage station and sanitary dump station are within the campground. Pinewoods is available for camping from mid-May though mid-October. How to Get There
Reservations are strongly recommended for weekend or holiday stays and can be made through Reserve America, (888) 947-2757, TTY (800) 274-7275.
Ottawa Lake Campground
Ottawa Lake Campground is the only year-round campground in the Southern Unit. It offers 100 sites, including 49 electrical sites, two shower buildings, flush toilets and a winter pit toilet building. Accessible sites are available as well as a reservable accessible cabin designed especially for people with disabilities. A sanitary dump and recycling/garbage station are provided for the registered campers. How to Get There
Reservations are strongly recommended from May through October. Reservations must be made through Reserve America, (888) 947-2757, TTY (800) 274-7275.
Whitewater Lake Campground
The Whitewater Lake Campground is a primitive campground with 63 beautiful campsites. Pit toilets but no shower facilities are available at the Whitewater Lake campground. Showers are available at Pinewoods and Ottawa Lake, about 20 miles to the north. A sanitary dump and recycling/garbage station are provided for campers. Whitewater Lake is available for camping from mid-May through mid-October. How to Get There
Reservations are recommended from mid-May through mid-October. Reservations must be made through Reserve America, (888) 947-2757, TTY (800) 274-7275.
Pinewoods and Hickory Woods Group Camps
The group camps in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest offer a great opportunity for large groups to camp together in a beautiful, natural area. Pinewoods Group Camp offers four large sites that accommodate up to 40 people per site. Hickory Woods has five sites that can accommodate up to 20 people per site, and two sites that accommodate up to 40 people per site.
Each of these camps is within the Pinewoods and Whitewater Lake Campgrounds respectively. The group camps have drinking water and pit toilets for the campers. Pinewoods is open for camping from April 1 through the Wednesday before deer gun hunting season and Hickory Woods from mid May through mid October.
Reservations are recommended from April through October for the Pinewoods and from mid-May through mid-October for Hickory Woods Group Camps. Make reservations by calling (888) 947-2757, TTY (800) 274-7275 or using the reservation Web pages for Pinewoods or Hickory Woods.
For campers who like to camp at a more secluded and wooded campsite adjacent to a family campground, walk-in sites are available at the Pinewoods, Ottawa Lake, and Whitewater Lake Campgrounds. These sites are set back in the forest, anywhere from about 140 to 750 feet from their parking stalls. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and a gravel pad for tents. Tents are restricted to the gravel pads to minimize wear and tear on the surrounding landscape. Pit toilets are near all walk-in sites.
Reservations are strongly recommended from May through October. Reservations must be made through the Web or by phoning (888) 947-2757, TTY (800) 274-7275.
Primitive backpack camping along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is available year round only at three designated trail shelter sites. Backpack sites are remote sites, separate from other forest facilities and require a hike of 1/2 mile to 10 miles depending on the parking location selected by the camper. A roofed trail shelter, fire ring, and pit toilet are provided at each site. These sites are not accessible by vehicle, but most have parking areas within a mile of the site. All equipment must be backpacked to the site and all refuse must be packed out.
Reservations are limited to 10 people per night and are limited to one night. However, another site may be reserved for a second night at a second location or a third night at a third site.
A camping permit is required to use these shelters. Reservations are taken year round. Reservations for the backpack shelters are only available by phone, (888) 947-2757, TTY (800) 274-7275.
Cabin Campsite for People with Disabilities
Some people with disabilities who have been unable to use the traditional rustic campgrounds can benefit from the Cabin Campsite for People with Disabilities in the Ottawa Lake Campground. This barrier-free log cabin was constructed and given to the Department of Natural Resources by the Telephone Pioneers of America. Nestled in the woods overlooking Ottawa Lake, the 700-square-foot log cabin has asphalt surfaced parking lot and pathway to the cabin and other paths that link to nearby recreation facilities. A screened porch provides a panoramic view of the beautiful Ottawa Lake. The cabin campsite has the usual camping amenities such as a fire ring, post-mounted grill, and picnic table. Reservations for the cabin campsite are accepted by mail, fax (262) 594-6222, or in person at our Forest Headquarters. The reservation form [PDF 33KB] is available online.
Horseriders Campground is centrally located in the state forest, with the horse trails connecting within the campground. Campers with horses can enjoy 35 back-in sites, 20 pull-through sites, one group site accommodating up to 20 people, a picnic shelter, horse shower, manure deposit stations, drinking water, and pit toilets.
Each horse campsite includes a tether post and a fire ring. Each site includes a tether post and a fire ring. Horse riders campground is open for camping from April through November 30.
(Note: All horse riders 16 years and older must purchase and carry a state trail pass while using the designated bridle trails in the state forest.)
Reservations are available from May through October and are recommended for the Memorial Day weekend. Make reservations on the Web or by phoning (888) 947-2757, TTY (800) 274-7275.
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