Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit

The Kettle Moraine–Northern Unit is comprised of about 30,000 acres stretching 30 miles across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, and Washington Counties. The forest is managed for multiple use, including recreation management, sustainable forest products, water quality and soil protection, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, native biological diversity, and aesthetics.

PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

 

Trail Trekkers

June 30, 6:00-7:30 pm (Wednesday)

Meet at the Butler Lake Trailhead (located at W8831 Butler Lake Road, Cascade – one mile east of Long Lake Recreation Area)

Join us for a lovely 3.1-mile evening walk along the Butler Lake Trail. Make sure to wear good footwear and bring drinking water and insect repellant.

 

Saturday Morning Secret Finders

July 3, 10:00-11:00 am (Saturday)

Picnic Shelters at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (located at N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of County Road F near Dundee)

Calling all youth to discover secrets of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorer program! The program involves completing a required number of engaging nature activities in one of three age appropriate books (ages 3-5, ages 6-8 and ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. Get help from a naturalist who will work with youth on activities from one of the first four topic areas of the books.

 

So Many Legs! Drop In at the Beach

July 3, 1:00-4:00 pm (Saturday)

Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (located at N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of County Road F near Dundee)

July 4, 12:00-3:00 pm (Sunday)

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Beach (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

6, 8, 14, 20, 100+ Why so many legs? Drop in to meet creatures with a lot of legs and find out a few new things about these incredible animals. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children.

 

Trail Trekkers

July 7, 6:00-7:30 pm (Wednesday)

Meet at the Ice Age Visitor Center (located at N2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport – half mile west of Dundee)

Join us for a brisk 3-mile evening walk along the top half of the Zillmer Trails. Make sure to wear good footwear and bring drinking water and insect repellant.

 

Biking through Habitats

Evening Exploration

July 8, 6:30-8:30 pm (Thursday)

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Pet Picnic Area Parking Lot (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

Hop on your bicycle to peddle at a leisurely pace along the Lake-to-Lake Bike Trail between the Mauthe Lake and Long Lake recreation areas. On the eight-mile round trip, investigate with Jackie Scharfenberg, Forest Naturalist, the natural habitats traversed by the trail. Provide your own bicycle, helmet and other bicycling gear. In the event of threatening weather, the program will be canceled. This program is for people over the age of 12 years.

 

Saturday Morning Secret Finders

July 10, 10:00-11:00 am (Saturday)

Picnic Shelters at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (located at N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of County Road F near Dundee)

Calling all youth to discover secrets of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorer program! The program involves completing a required number of engaging nature activities in one of three age appropriate books (ages 3-5, ages 6-8 and ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. Get help from a naturalist who will work with youth on activities from one of the first four topic areas of the books.

 

Get Outdoors! . . . Learn the Outdoor Basics Drop In at the Beach

July 10, 1:00-4:00 pm (Saturday)

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Beach (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

July 11, 12:00-3:00 pm (Sunday)

Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (located at N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of County Road F near Dundee)

Try your hand at tying knots, building fires, packing a day pack, keeping safe in the sun, following a map, dressing for the weather and more. Everyone will go away with a better understanding of basic skills for spending time outdoors. All are invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children.

 

Trail Trekkers

July 14, 6:00-7:30 pm (Wednesday)

Meet at the Zillmer Trailhead Parking Lot (located at W833 County Road SS, Campbellsport – between Hwy 67 and County Road G near New Prospect)

Join us for an unwinding 1.8- or 3-mile evening hike along the Green or Red Loop of the Zillmer Trails. Make sure to wear good footwear and bring drinking water and insect repellant.

 

Saturday Morning Secret Finders

July 17, 10:00-11:00 am (Saturday)

Picnic Shelters at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (located at N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of County Road F near Dundee)

Calling all youth to discover secrets of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorer program! The program involves completing a required number of engaging nature activities in one of three age appropriate books (ages 3-5, ages 6-8 and ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. Get help from a naturalist who will work with youth on activities from one of the first four topic areas of the books.

 

Marvelous Mammals Drop In at the Beach

July 17, 1:00-4:00 pm (Saturday)

Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (located at N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of County Road F near Dundee)

July 18, 12:00-3:00 pm (Sunday)

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Beach (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

What do humans have in common with bears, bats, mice and deer? We’re all mammals!  Find out what characteristics mammals share and how they’re adapted for survival. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children.

 

Ryan Meisel’s Spiritual Currents: World Sound Explorations

Summer Saturday Evening Event

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

July 17, 7:00-8:30 pm (Saturday)

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Picnic Shelter (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

Blending his background in jazz with the sounds of indigenous music from around the globe, Ryan Meisel’s presentation of music blurs the lines between performance, meditation and soulful exploration. Learn a bit about music from around the global, enjoy the original acoustic music and participate in a drumming circle. This is an outside concert, so remember to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be canceled or moved indoors if the shelter or Ice Age Visitor Center is open.

 

Trail Trekkers

July 21, 6:00-7:30 pm (Wednesday)

Meet at the Zillmer Trailhead Parking Lot (located at W833 County Road SS, Campbellsport – between Hwy 67 and County Road G near New Prospect)

Join us for a delightful approximately 3-mile evening hike along the western side of the Yellow Loop of the Zillmer Trails. Make sure to wear good footwear and bring drinking water and insect repellant.

 

Climb a Kame Evening Exploration

July 22, 6:30-8:00 pm

Meet at the upper boat launch parking lot at the Long Lake Recreation Area (located at N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of County Road F near Dundee)

After the glaciers melted away, they left behind a very distinctive landscape. Join Jackie Scharfenberg, Forest Naturalist, to climb the Summit Nature Trail on Dundee Mountain to gain a better understanding of how the glaciers created kames, eskers, moraines, kettles and outwash plains. The trail is about one mile long and it does require hiking up and down a steep hill. This program is for people over the age of 12 years. In event of threatening weather, the program will be canceled.

 

Saturday Morning Secret Finders

July 24, 10:00-11:00 am (Saturday)

Picnic Shelters at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (located at N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of County Road F near Dundee)

Calling all youth to discover secrets of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorer program! The program involves completing a required number of engaging nature activities in one of three age appropriate books (ages 3-5, ages 6-8 and ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. Get help from a naturalist who will work with youth on activities from one of the first four topic areas of the books.

 

Nature Up Close Drop In at the Beach

July 24, 1:00-4:00 pm (Saturday)

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Beach (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

July 25, 12:00-3:00 pm (Sunday)

Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (located at N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of County Road F near Dundee)

Gain a new perspective by taking a closer look at nature using a variety of magnifying tools and techniques. You’ll be astonished by what we encounter. Bring your camera to capture your unique finds. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children.

 

Trail Trekkers

July 28, 6:00-7:30 pm (Wednesday)

Meet at the Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Beach (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect)

Join us for a refreshing 2-mile evening stroll around Mauthe Lake on the Tamarack Trail. Make sure to wear good footwear and bring drinking water and insect repellant.

 

Saturday Morning Secret Finders

July 31, 10:00-11:00 am (Saturday)

Picnic Shelters at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located at N1490 County Road GGG, Campbellsport – south of County Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (located at N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of County Road F near Dundee)

Calling all youth to discover secrets of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorer program! The program involves completing a required number of engaging nature activities in one of three age appropriate books (ages 3-5, ages 6-8 and ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. Get help from a naturalist who will work with youth on activities from one of the first four topic areas of the books.

 

Get Outdoors! Learn to Fish Rodeo

July 31, 1:00-4:00 pm (Saturday)

Long Lake Recreation Area Fishing Pier (located at N3450 Division Road, Cascade – north of County Road F near Dundee)

Let the fishing fun begin! The rodeo includes Backyard Bass Casting, Fill the Tackle Box, Fishing Regulations Quiz, Avoiding Hazards, Knots Tie-up, What’s that Fish? and Bait Your Hook. After completing the rodeo, experienced anglers on the fishing pier will help hone your newly acquired skills. Special surprises and prizes await all who participate. Bring your own gear or fishing gear will be provided for those who need it. Participants 16 years old or older will need a valid Wisconsin fishing license to fish.