Frequently Asked Questions
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Is there a check-in procedure?
If you arrive during office hours (M-F, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm), please stop at the Office and let us know you have arrived. If it is after hours when you arrive, please touch base with either Scott or Karla at your first opportunity. There is no formal check-in procedure.
Can I get a key for my room?
Keys are not available for rooms.
Do I need to bring towels?
Yes. Please bring towels and any other toiletries for your stay.
Do I need to bring my sleeping bag?
Optional. Bed linens, blankets and pillows are available for use at Kemp. However, many prefer to bring their sleeping bag, or perhaps their own blanket and/or pillow. This is a personal choice.
Can I set up my tent?
No. Camping is not permitted on Station property. If you would like to camp, you may do so at nearby state and private campgrounds.
Does Kemp have “quiet hours?”
Yes. Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. During quiet hours, users are asked to gather and socialize in common areas away from sleeping rooms and away from windows of sleeping rooms if outside.
About Reservations and Costs
When can we make a reservation request for next year?
Reservation requests for the next calendar year are accepted beginning October 1. More details…
Can our group use the entire Lodge, even if we don’t need all the beds?
During certain times of the year, a group may have the entire Lodge to themselves simply because there are no other requests for the space. However, during high demand periods, it is not uncommon for the Lodge to house multiple small groups of users. During such times, exclusive use of any building will result in additional fees. More details…
Can we choose what building we want to stay in?
Usually not. Space is assigned based on use, group size and space availability. The Mead Residence Hall is used primarily by long-term researchers from May through August.
Can a group use Kemp just for an event, without overnight lodging?
Yes, provided adequate space is available for the desired date. More details…
What happens if I have to cancel or change my reservation?
If you need to cancel or change your reservation, please notify Kemp as soon as possible as additional fees may apply. More details…
How much does it cost to stay at Kemp?
The nightly lodging rate is determined by the type of use: research, instruction, outreach, or conference/meeting. More details…
Does Kemp Station accept credit cards for payment?
Please contact Karla if you need to make payment by credit card.
Do you have a cook on site to prepare meals?
No. Food and food preparation is the responsibility of Kemp users. Gas grills are available for use.
Are there laundry facilities at Kemp?
Yes. A coin-operated washer and dryer are located in the lower level of the Mead Residence Hall and the Lodge. Individual detergents and dryer sheets are also available for purchase in each location.
Does Kemp have any equipment that can be borrowed?
Yes. Kemp has a variety of lab, computer and field equipment that may be borrowed by users. If you do not see what you are looking for on the website, please contact us by email or phone with your specific inquiry.
Do we have to bring our own LCD projector?
No. All classrooms at Kemp are equipped with an LCD projector. If you need to borrow a laptop computer for your visit, please contact Karla in advance of your arrival.
About Policies and Rules
Can I bring my dog with me?
Yes, provided pet-friendly housing is available for you and your dog, and that you make arrangements in advance. Pets are allowed only in the following pet-friendly buildings with advance permission: Cabin, Office/Lab building, lower level bedrooms and hallway of Mead Residence Hall. NO pets are allowed in the Lodge, Kitchen & Dining Hall, upper level of Mead Residence Hall or the Mead lounge/library. Pets are expected to be under the immediate control of their owners at all times. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after pets and for any damage caused by pets.
Is it okay to have my friends or family come visit while I’m working at Kemp?
Yes, provided you have prior approval from the Superintendent or Office Manager. Overnight lodging for guests must be arranged in advance. Guests may stay up to two consecutive nights. Kemp users are responsible for their guest’s behavior while on the property.
Where can I park?
Park only in graveled parking areas and adhere to posted signs. If you are unclear about where you can park, please contact any member of the Kemp staff.
Is it okay to have alcohol at Kemp?
Yes, provided you are of legal drinking age and have filed a signed Alcohol Beverage Policy and User Agreement form.
Is smoking allowed at Kemp?
Smoking is not allowed in any buildings at Kemp, or within 25 feet of any building entrance. All cigarette butts must be disposed of in one of the supplied outdoor urns.
Do we have to wash our own dishes?
Users are expected to wash and put away all of the dishes they use during their stay.
Does Kemp separate recycling from trash?
Yes. Separate collection containers are provided and labeled for recyclables. Containers are also provided for food waste which is composted. Please pay attention to signs on containers and dispose of items properly.
What materials are collected at Kemp for recycling?
The following items should be placed in the single-stream recycling collection containers: Mixed paper, including office paper, junk mail, magazines, newspaper, soda & beer cases, cardboard, and box board (e.g., cereal boxes). All paper should be clean. Paper towels and tissues are trash or compost. Mixed containers including aluminum cans, glass, plastics #1 – #7, and tin cans — NO plastic bags! All containers should be empty and rinsed.
A collection bin for packing materials (peanuts, bubble wrap and air packs) is in the Dry Lab. Compost buckets for food waste (no meat or dairy) are located in each kitchen. A collection bin for lead-acid batteries is located in the lower level of the Lab/Office Building.
About Kemp in General
Can I come hike at Kemp?
Yes, provided you make arrangements in advance. Please call Karla, 358-5667, or Scott, 715-892-0391, prior to your arrival. The nature trail guide is available at the Pavilion.
Does the Kemp name have anything to do with the ice cream company?
No, although Kemp is a family name. The granddaughters of the original land owners, Edward and Minnie Kemp, donated the property to UW-Madison in 1960. Edward operated a screen door and stove board factory in Rhinelander. More on history…
Why is there a big warning, do not enter sign, at the entrance of Kemp Road?
Kemp Road is a private road. Most of the property on either side of the road is owned by members of the Kemp Woods Association, a private landowner group. The sign was placed at the road entrance by this group. Users of and visitors to Kemp Station are authorized to travel Kemp Road to the Station. Please note that the side roads are private and should not be traveled as they lead to private homes.
How do I get a job at Kemp?
Staff at Kemp Station are UW-Madison employees and were hired through the University’s hiring process. The Kemp staff is made up of just four positions — superintendent, office manager, facilities manager, and custodian. Vacancies are rare in these positions, but when they occur, they are available first to qualified state employees as internal transfers. If the position is not filled by internal transfer, it is listed at www.wisjobs.com. Successful completion of a state exam may be required in order to be eligible for the position.
Can we hold our family reunion at Kemp Station?
No. Eligible users of Kemp Natural Resources Station include:
- University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty, staff, and students,
- Representatives of research or educational institutions, and
- Resource managers from public and private agencies
who are conducting official business that relates to the spirit and mission of Kemp Station.
About Working at Kemp
Is it okay for my spouse and children to accompany me?
Yes. Your spouse and children are welcome to stay with you while you are working at Kemp, provided that lodging space is available. If your child/ren are under the age of 18, you must submit a Release of Liability.
Can I have mail sent to me at Kemp?
Yes. Mail can be sent to you using Kemp’s mailing address, 9161 Kemp Rd, Woodruff, WI 54568. Your mail will be delivered to your room. If you have your mail forwarded by the USPS, shortly before you leave Kemp, please remember to file a new forwarding order with the USPS.
How do I access the Internet at Kemp?
WiFi access is available in all Station buildings with the network key, kempstation. Internet access is also available on the PCs in the computer lab and by connecting your computer to a data jack in Mead with an Ethernet cable.
Can I use the printers at Kemp?
Yes. Please contact office staff for details.
Can I make photocopies at Kemp?
Yes. The copier is located in the computer lab in the Office/Lab Building. If you will be making more than 100 copies during your visit, you are asked to record the number of copies above 100 that you make. There is a 7-cent/copy charge if using Kemp paper, 3.5-cent if using your paper. Please see Karla or Scott for more information.
Can I send a fax from Kemp?
Yes. A fax can be sent from the Document Center in the Computer Lab in the Office/Lab Building.
I have a lot of research gear. Is there someplace at Kemp this can be stored?
Please contact Karla or Scott to discuss your storage needs. Kemp has both indoor and outdoor storage areas for equipment and gear.
Is there a telephone at Kemp that we can use?
Yes. A phone is located in each building. All long-distance calls must be made with a pre-paid phone card or other phone card. Note that the phones in Mead, the Lodge, the Kitchen/Dining Hall, and the Cabin, are on the same line.
How can we be reached at Kemp, in case of an emergency?
715-356-5575, rings in Mead, the Lodge, the Kitchen/Dining Hall, and the Cabin. This number is equipped with a voice mail box that you may access by following the instructions posted on the phone. Callers may also get a message to you by calling Karla, 715-358-5667, or Scott, 715-892-0391.