Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Welcome - already a member? Sign In
Not a member yet?Sign Up
Firewood Notice: Firewood is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park, Trail or Forest properties from more than 10 miles away from the destination campground, unless it is certified by WI DATCP. The certified wood has been processed to kill harmful pests and diseases they may have hidden inside.
In addition, firewood that has been in a Wisconsin EAB quarantined area is not allowed on properties outside of the quarantined area. Please buy firewood nearby or at the property you are going to. Call the DNR toll-free Firewood Hotline 1-877-303-WOOD (9663) for information before packing for a trip.

Find Campsites



Status: Open year round.
Max reservation window: Tue Jun 28 2016


KET1: A visit to the Kettle Moraine State Forest reveals the natural beauty of the region. More than 22,000 acres of glacial hills, kettles, lakes, prairie restoration sites, pinewoods and hardwood forests can be found in the Southern Unit making this facility a popular area for a wide variety of users. Visitors to the forest can camp in one of three family campgrounds, a horse riders camp or one of two group camps, hike, mountain bike, ride a horse, snowmobile or ski on the 160+ miles of trail, swim at one of two beaches, backpack to an overnight shelter on the Ice Age Trail, picnic, fish, hunt, or tour three historic cabin sites. There are also facilities for use by those with disabilities including a cabin in the campground and an accessible nature trail. Visit the Southern Unit, experience the beauty and take advantage of the diversity of facilities it has to offer.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Boat Launch
  • Boating
  • Comfort Station
  • Disabled Access Only
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Restrooms
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information Center
  • Nature Center
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Areas
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pit Toilet
  • Playground
  • Recycling Station
  • Shower Building
  • Showers
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Fillup Station
Alerts and Important Information

Pinewoods Sites 1-36 are both "no-pet" and a 24-hour quiet zone.No person may operate a radio, boom-box, musical instrument, or similar noise producing device unless noise is contained to the person through use of a headset.
Whitewater sites 750-779 are a "No-pet" area.
Backpack Sites 1 - 3 open to reservation year round.
Horseriders Campground is restricted to people camping with horses.
Ottawa Lake 1st come / 1st served basis mid-Nov- 03/31 every year.
All other sites are closed to camping when not on reservations.
Camping is restricted to designated campsites.
Vehicle admission stickers are required in addition to the camping fee. Stickers can be purchased upon arrival at the park. Click here for cost of the sticker.

Water is available year-round at the Ottawa Lake Entrance Station. Campground shower/flush toilet buildings, water fountains and the sanitary dump station are turned on for use from approximately mid-to-late-April through mid-October. Pinewoods shower building is closed after family campground closes.
Whitewater Lake Campground is a rustic campground. No showers or flush toilets.
Hunting is allowed at Southern Unit Kettle Moraine State Forest. The campgrounds and surrounding area are closed to hunting. An article of blaze orange clothing may be worn to increase your visibility. For season dates, call Forest HQ or go to website.
For information regarding hunting in Wisconsin State Parks follow this link to the DNR web site Click here for more information

The Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is located 61 miles east of Madison, and 37 miles southwest of Milwaukee. The forest is 30 miles in length, extending from the village of Dousman to near the city of Whitewater, with multiple entrances. Forest HQ offers information, museum, and gift shop. Camper check-in is done at Ottawa Lake or Whitewater Lake Campground Stations.

About the Admission fees, please Click Here for reference.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.87778, -88.52917
42°52'40"N, 88°31'45"W

Campers check in:

Ottawa Lake Campground is part of the Ottawa Lake Recreation Area. Ottawa Lake Rec. Area is 4 miles north of Eagle. Travel Hwy 67 north from the village of Eagle, or south from I-94. Then turn west on Hwy ZZ to the campground entrance.

Location is: S59W37800 County Road ZZ
Dousman, WI 53118
Or plot the corner of State Road 67 and County Road ZZ
N42*58.85988' W088*27.94542'

Pinewoods Campground: Campsites check-in/registration for Pinewoods is at Ottawa Lake Campground.

Whitewater Lake east and west campgrounds, and Hickory Woods, are part of the Whitewater Lake Recreation Area. Whitewater Lake is located southeast of the city of Whitewater.

Location is: W7796 Kettle Moraine Drive
Whitewater, WI 53190
Or plot the corner of County Road P and Kettle Moraine Drive. Follow the signs 3/4 mile west to station.
N42*47.07546' W088*40.24272'

Horseriders Campground is located west of Eagle. Travel Hwy 59 into the town of Palmyra. Turn south on 3rd Street to the campground entrance.

Location is: W830 Little Prairie Road
Palmyra, WI 53156

Forest Headquarters

GPS Info.(Latitude, Longitude
42°52'40"N, 88°31'45"W

Forest Headquarters is located 3 miles west of the village of Eagle on Hwy 59.

Address is: Kettle Moraine SF Southern Unit
S91 W39091 HWY 59
Eagle WI 53119

If you need help planning your travel route, see the Southern Unit's web site or call 262-594-6200 for further assistance.


Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

S91 W39091 HWY 59
EAGLE  WI  53119

Phone Number:

Project Office: (262)594-6200