Trips on a Tankful

There's nothing like a day at your favorite fishing hole. Just ask Riley and Spencer.

Riley Janquart says, "Is this a dream?"

No, it's a real trip to Mauthe Lake.

Todd Janquart, says, "It was slow for a while, but not they're just hauling in the pan fish left and right."

These fish are coming out of one of five lakes in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. It's a lush 30,000 acres that span three counties of the state's east side, but before you take any of them in, you should probably stop at the Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Center.

Jerry Leiterman, Forest Superintendent, says, "It's a good starting point. You can talk to a staff member, you can ask questions about what we think is a good day trip or if you want to stay longer."

Along with telling you what the forest has to offer, the center has some of the best views mother nature has to offer, which brings us to how this park got its unusual name. The scenery called Moraine was dug up thousands of years ago by the state's last glacier.

Leiterman adds, "Elongated hills and you'll see a lot of them in this part of the state, especially in the forest."

Kettles are the holes left behind by the same gigantic sheet of ice, some of them filled with water to form the lakes. Those lakes have swimming beaches fronted by sand that's perfect for building castles.

Todd Janquart says, "Nice campground and beach facilities, real nice place."

The campground features nearly 340 sights. The park also has miles and miles of hiking trails, all scenery that keeps people coming back for generations.

Jennifer Elliot says, "I've been coming here since I was a little girl, every Father's Day my family comes up and has a good time all day."

Which brings us back to a family tradition in the making for Spencer and Riley. From the looks of this fishing trip, the Kettle Moraine will always be a favorite destination.

Riley Janquart says, "Sometimes you really get a lot of fish."

There are actually two different Kettle Moraine State Forests. The one we visited is the north unit which is just outside of Campbellsport, which is between Fond du La and West Bend. From Wausau take I-39 South to Highway 10 East to 45 South to 41 South. From there, it gets even more complicated so you might want to call ahead.

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