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Northern Highland American Legion State Forest recreation amendment

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Contact information
For more information about the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest, contact:
Rosy Richter
Camping and recreation

Crystal Lake Ranger Station

Clear Lake Ranger Station

Tom Shockley
Forestry team leader
715-356-5211 ext. 259

Craig Dalton
Property manager
715-356-5211 ext. 258

Wisconsin State Parks and ForestsNorthern Highland American Legion State Forest

Canoeing on the Black River

Reserve campsites at Northern Highland American Legion State Forest.

Established in 1925 to protect the headwaters of the Wisconsin, Flambeau and Manitowish rivers, the Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) State Forest occupies more than 232,000 acres in northern Wisconsin. The forest provides employment and economic support to rural and urban communities through the production of forest products, recreation and tourism.

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The Northern Highland American Legion State Forest is located in Vilas, Oneida and Iron counties, in heart of the Northwoods near the cities of Woodruff and Minocqua. It is approximately four hours northeast of Minneapolis and four hours north of Madison.

Northern Highland American Legion State Forest - Trout Lake
Forestry Headquarters
4125 Cty Hwy M
Boulder Junction, WI 54512


The forest is spread out across three counties. For directions to the individual campgrounds, please see camping.

NHAL ranger stations GPS coordinates
  • Clear Lake Ranger Station
    45° 51.913’
    89° 38.977’
  • Crystal Lake Ranger Station
    46° 00.105’
    89° 37.319’


A vehicle admission sticker is required for all family campgrounds and posted fee beach and picnic areas. A trail pass is required for all groomed cross-country ski trails and mountain bike trails. Hunting and fishing licenses apply. Camping fees [PDF] are updated annually.

Certain groups and individuals may be eligible for waivers on vehicle admission, trail pass or camping fees.

Volunteer campground host openings

The NHAL is looking for campground hosts to set an example by being a model camper, assist and inform campers of regulations, help keep the campground presentable, assist with nature center programs and assist visitors with campfire wood bin procedures. If interested in this volunteer position, please call Joe Fieweger at the Trout Lake Forestry Headquarters at 715-385-3355 ext. 119.

Management and business

Northern Highland American Legion State Forest master plan

Completed in 2005, the NHAL State Forest master plan reflects years of planning and public input. The final plan, maps, variances and amendments are included in the plan, as well as documents used during the plan's development.

Public involvement

Amendments to the NHAL State Forest master plan were approved by the Natural Resources Board following a public review process in October 2013.

Public involvement in state forest management, operations and monitoring is part of sustainable forestry. We seek public involvement because we believe people, communities, organizations and businesses realize the potential public benefits of state forests and are willing to work to further the goals of sustainable forestry.

Timber sale program

The state forests are managed sustainably for multiple uses. Active timber management is a part of that overall effort on many parts of each forest. Timber sales are advertised for sale typically from one to three times annually, depending on the size of the forest.

Planning documents

Last Revised: Tuesday February 27 2018