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Judy Freeman
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W1613 County Rd. W
Winter, WI 54896
715-332-5271 ext. "0""
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Wisconsin State Parks and ForestsFlambeau River State Forest

Photo courtesy Ron Weber

The forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Canoeing is the most popular activity on the forest. Different portions of the river offer varying degrees of difficulty. The North Fork is ideal for the novice, while South Fork is for the advanced paddler. Musky, sturgeon, trout, walleye, bass and panfish can be caught from the river as well as the lakes in the forest. The forest is open to public hunting for bear, waterfowl, deer and grouse, just to name a few.


Volunteers from the MSOE Chapter of Triangle Fraternity
Volunteers from the MSOE Chapter of Triangle Fraternity.

"We are volunteers from the MSOE Chapter of Triangle Fraternity, a fraternity of engineers. Although our chapter is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, our members have been canoeing the Flambeau River every year since 1972. This is why we see the Flambeau River State Forest as part of our community and wanted to give back to that community through our service."

This year they spent half of a day working on a nature trail and the other half picking rocks in a field being prepared as a wildlife opening.

Coming events to note

View 2016 Summer Programs [PDF].

Property info


The Flambeau River State Forest is located in north central Wisconsin in Sawyer, Price and Rusk counties. It surrounds 75 miles of the North and South forks of the Flambeau River, and its headquarters is located in the town of Winter.


A vehicle admission sticker is required for all family campgrounds. A trail pass is required for ski trails. Hunting and fishing licenses apply. Camping fees are updated annually.

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

Management and business

Flambeau River State Forest master plan

Completed in fall of 2010, the state forest master plan reflects years of planning and public input. The final plan, maps, variances and amendments are posted at this link, as well as documents used during the plan's development.

Public involvement

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.

Last revised: Thursday August 11 2016