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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Giant White Pine Grove (No. 118)

Giant White Pine Grove

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer



Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Forest County. T38N-R12E, Sections 3 SE¼, 10 NW¼. 30 acres.



Giant White Pine Grove features one of the best examples of mature hemlock hardwoods with a white pine supercanopy in northeastern Wisconsin. Located in the Headwaters Wilderness Area, hemlock, sugar maple, yellow birch, and basswood dominate the forest with taller white pines up to 3 feet in diameter adding a supercanopy stratum. Saplings are primarily sugar maple and shrubs include mountain maple, beaked hazelnut, red elder, and fly honeysuckle. Groundlayer species are bunchberry, yellow blue-bead-lily, American starflower, wild sarsaparilla, large-leaved aster, shining club-moss, and oak fern. Summer resident birds include ovenbird, blackburnian and black-throated blue warblers, winter wren, pileated woodpecker, and evening grosbeak. Other interesting forest inhabitants include porcupine, snowshoe hare, black bear and American toads, spring peepers, and wood frogs. Giant White Pine Grove is owned by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 1974.


Driving directions

From the junction of Highways 45 and 32 in Three Lakes, go south and east on 32 4.7 miles, then east on Julia Lake Road 0.6 miles, then south and east on Scott Lake Road (FR 2183) 3.1 miles, then north on Giant Pine Road (FR 2414) 1.6 miles to a parking area on the west side of the road. A hiking trail loops through the site.


Giant White Pine Grove is owned by:

  • US Forest Service


The DNR's state natural areas program is comprised of lands owned by the state, private conservation organizations, municipalities, other governmental agencies, educational institutions and private individuals. While the majority of SNAs are open to the public, access may vary according to individual ownership policies. Public use restrictions may apply due to public safety, or to protect endangered or threatened species or unique natural features. Lands may be temporarily closed due to specific management activities. Users are encouraged to contact the landowner for more specific details.

The data shown on these maps have been obtained from various sources, and are of varying age, reliability, and resolution. The data may contain errors or omissions and should not be interpreted as a legal representation of legal ownership boundaries.


Very few State Natural Areas have public facilities, but nearly all are open for a variety of recreational activities as indicated below. Generally, there are no picnic areas, restrooms, or other developments. Parking lots or designated parking areas are noted on individual SNA pages and maps. Trails, if present, are typically undesignated footpaths. If a developed trail is present, it will normally be noted on the SNA map and/or under the "Access" tab. A compass and topographic map or a GPS unit are useful tools for exploring larger, isolated SNAs.

Non-DNR lands

Hunting and trapping

This is a non-DNR owned SNA: Opportunities for hunting and trapping depend on the land owner. Please contact them directly to find out about their rules for hunting and trapping. You can find a link to other owner websites under the "Resource links" heading above. More details regarding allowable uses of this non-DNR owned SNA may be posted, if available, under the "Access" tab above.

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Prohibited activities

  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use
  • Collecting of animals, non-edible fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, archaeological artifacts, soil, downed wood, or any other natural material, alive or dead. Collecting for scientific research requires a permit issued by the DNR
  • Collecting of plants including seeds, roots or other non-edible parts of herbaceous plants such as wildflowers or grasses
  • Camping and campfires
  • Geocaching

For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]

Last revised: Thursday, March 26, 2015