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Kettle Moraine North Horse Backpack Group Camp, WI

Photo: Kettle Moraine North Horse Backpack Group Camp
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Mar 16 2015   Later Dates


Kettle Moraine Northern Unit Kettle Moraine S.F.- Northern Unit Web Site provides the opportunity for a variety of outdoor recreational activities.

New Prospect Horseriders Campground Kettle Moraine S.F.- Northern Unit's New Prospect Horseriders Campground Web Site has 22 family and 3 group sites that campers with horses can enjoy. Campers must be accompanied by a horse to stay at this campground. The group sites can accommodate up to 20 campers. It is centrally located on the 33-mile bridle trail that winds the length of the state forest. Amenities include a covered horse stable with 24 10' x 10' box stalls, a picnic shelter, drinking water, and vault toilets. Also provided is an open-air picnic shelter. Family and group site includes 2 tether poles, fire ring with a partial grate, and a picnic table. A limited number of sites have a metal 10' x 10' pipe corral. Firewood is available for sale from the Camp Host, or at the Mauthe Lake Recreation Area whenever the entrance station is open. Campers and trail users can self-register for vehicle admission stickers and trail passes at the campground's self-registration station. New Prospect Horse riders` Campground is traditionally open from late-April through October.

Greenbush Group Campground Kettle Moraine S.F.- Northern Unit's Greenbush Group Campground Web Site offers a unique tent camping opportunity for large groups up to 40 persons. Vehicles and trailers are restricted to the parking lot at each site. Extra vehicles and trailers are to park in the main parking lots located at the entrance to the campground. Each site includes one fire ring with a partial cooking grate,and four picnic tables. Amenities are rustic and include a hand pump for drinking water and vault type toilets. Greenbush Group Campground does not have shower facilities nor is it located on a lake. Sites are located near the Greenbush Trails where campers can enjoy hiking or off-road mountain biking. An enclosed picnic shelter is also available for reservations (contact Forest Headquarters, 262-626-2116). Campers can self-register for vehicle admission stickers and trail passes at the Self-Registration Pay Station located at main entrance.

Northern Unit Backpack Shelter Campsites Kettle Moraine S.F.- Northern Unit's Northern Unit Backpack Shelter Campsites Web Site are for those that prefer more remote camping and welcome the challenge of hiking to a campsite. Five of the shelters are located along the linear Ice Age Scenic Trail and a sixth is in the midst of the Zillmer Trail System. You must camp at a designated shelter campsite. Each shelter site includes a 4-sided structure with sleeping benches, fire ring with a partial cooking grate, and a vault toilet. Drinking water can be found within a one mile walk of each shelter. Backpack shelter campsites are not accessible by vehicle. All equipment must be packed to the site and all refuse packed out. Most trail shelter parking areas are within a half mile of the site. Occupancy is limited to 10 persons per site and is limited to 1 night. (Another site may be reserved for the 2nd night at a 2nd location or 3rd night at a 3rd location.) Only one camping party is allowed per site, per night. Important! Reservations for the backpack shelter campsites cannot be made on the web, please use the Call Center at 1-800-372-3607 to make reservations.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bike Trails
  • Drinking Water
  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Picnic Areas
  • Pit Toilet
  • Self Registration Pay Station - bridle trail passes and vehicle admission required
  • Stables 24 first-come first-served box stalls 10'x10'
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • trash and recycling dumpsters
Alerts and Important Information
Backpackers have year-round access to water throughout the forest at several frost-free wells located along the Ice Age Trail. Call park for more information.

First-come, first-served camping at unoccupied shelters is allowed by registering at any park office.

Vehicle admission stickers are required.Click here for cost of the sticker.

If you are interested in seeing the mileage along the Ice Age Trail and between shelters click here.

Backpack Shelters 1-5 available year round (reservable)
Backpack Shelter 6 available April 1-Nov 30, 2014 (reservable)
New Prospect Horse Campsites available May 2-Oct 25, 2014 (reservable)
Greenbush Group Campsites available May 2-Nov 22, 2014 (reservations mandatory)
There are no showers, flush toilet, or dump station facilities at any of these campgrounds.
Drinking water is available when the campgrounds/campsites are open.
These facilities are weather dependent and dates can change. Check with the property if you have questions.

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Getting There:

For directions to Greenbush Group Campground, New Prospect Horseriders' Camp, or Backpack Shelters see our web-page for more information. Click Here

Greenbush Group Camp can be reached off State Highway 23 on the west side of Plymouth. From State Highway 57, take State Highway 23 six miles west to County Road A. Go south on County Road A to County Road T. Continue south on County Road T until Kettle Moraine Drive. Turn left onto Kettle Moraine Drive and continue south to the Greenbush Area located on the right side of the road.

The New Prospect Horseriders' Camp can be reached off of State Highway 45 just a few miles north of Kewaskum. From State Highway 45, take State Highway 67 north to County Road SS. Turn right (south) on County Road SS and proceed east through the Village of New Prospect. The entrance road to Horseriders` Camp is on the south side of County Road SS just before as you leave New Prospect.

Backpack Shelters are spread throughout the 30,000 acres of the Forest. If you need directions to a shelter parking lot, we recommend that you begin your trip at the Henry H. Ruess Ice Age Visitor Center, which is open 7-days-a-week (May through October) or call (920) 533-8322.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Kettle Moraine North Horse Backpack Group Camp
N1765 HWY G,

Phone Number:

Project Office:(262)626-2116