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Flambeau River State ForestActivities and recreation

ATV All terrain vehicles

The Flambeau River State Forest has 38 miles of ATV trails. Trails are generally open from May 15th to November 15th. When riding through the forest, you must stay on designated trails.

Camping Camping

Camping at Flambeau River State Forest

Cross-Country Skiing Cross-country skiing

The Flambeau River State Forest has 14 miles of cross-country ski trails groomed for both skate and classic skiing providing opportunities for a variety of skill levels. Access to the ski trail in the north is located on Hwy. 70 and County Rd. W to the south. A self-registration station is also located at the trail head. Other trails on the property are open to skiing but are not groomed. A trail pass is required for all skiers 16 years of age and older. Please see the DNR’s current conditions or the Travel Wisconsin’s snow conditions [exit DNR] for updated trail conditions.

Fishing Fishing

There are many locations where you can access the forest’s lakes and the Flambeau River for fishing. Primarily this access is provided by boat landings and fishing piers. A vehicle admission sticker is required at some locations so if accessing the water from a trail be sure to check the list of parking areas below in the Hiking and Nature Trails section. Visitors must obtain the proper fishing licenses. Also, don’t forget to review the DNR fishing regulations when planning your trip to the state forest.

Hiking Snowshoeing nature Hiking, snowshoeing and nature trails

There are many opportunities for hiking in the forest. Nature trails without interpretive signs can be found at both the Connors Lake Campground and Lake of the Pines Campground. Vehicle admissions stickers are required for parking at the campgrounds. No trail pass is needed for the nature trails.

Hiking is allowed on the Flambeau Hills Ski Trail during summer, and in winter whenever the trails are not groomed for cross-country skiing.

In winter when trails are not groomed for cross-country skiing, visitors may snowshoe or hike.

All trails are open during small game and deer hunting seasons. To ensure your safety during these times, avoid brown or white clothing. Instead, wear blaze orange or bright colors, including a blaze orange hat.

Horse Equestrian trails

There are no designated equine trails but folks are welcome to ride on old logging trails and gravel roads within the property. Horses are not allowed on any beach, posted or marked hiking trail, nature trail, picnic area or campground.

Hunting Hunting

Excellent hunting opportunities exist on the state forest. The forest provides habitat for many common species.

  • White-tailed deer
  • Black bear
  • Ruffed grouse, woodcock and wild turkey
  • Beaver, otter, muskrat, mink, red and gray fox, coyote and bobcat

The forest is open to public hunting during designated seasons with the appropriate license. Hunting is not allowed:

  • in Connors Lake and Lake of the Pines campgrounds;
  • at the Connors Lake Picnic area;
  • in any areas signed as closed to hunting; or
  • on private land within the forest boundary, unless permission is given to the hunter by the land owner or the land is open to hunting through the private tax law lands designation.

You must have the appropriate license or permit.

Biking Mountain & road biking

In the summer the 14-mile Flambeau Hills Ski trail is open to biking. Since this trail is used for skiing in winter months it is suitable for mountain biking but wide enough that bikers and hikers can comfortably use the same trail. Trailhead parking is located on Highway 70 and Highway W. Biking is also allowed on any of the forest roads without a trail pass. Please note that the trail may be grassy, have wet terrain and is very hilly.

Individuals 16 years of age or older who wish to ride on state forest bike trails must obtain an annual or daily trail pass.

Canoeing/Kayaking Paddling

Paddling at Flambeau River State Forest

Picnic Picnic areas

There are picnic facilities at Connors Lake along Hwy W. This picnic area has drinking water, flush toilets, picnic tables, grills and playground equipment. The picnic tables, vault toilets and water fountain are ADA accessible. A day use or annual vehicle admissions sticker is required. Pets are allowed in the designated pet area only.

There is a covered picnic shelter building which includes picnic tables with outdoor cooking grills. It is reservable by contacting the property directly.

Snowmobile Snowmobiling

The forest contains 55 miles of snowmobile trails which provide access to the Tuscobia State Trail and the Sawyer County trail system to the north, and the Price and Rusk county trail systems to the south.

Wisconsin law requires those who use Wisconsin snowmobile trails to display either Wisconsin registration or a snowmobile trail pass.

Day parking is available for vehicles with trailers at the Flambeau Hills Trailhead and Dix Dox. A vehicle admission sticker is not required. Parking lots for the state forest trail system are plowed after each major snowfall.

The opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report [exit DNR], and local club and county snowmobile web pages [exit DNR] and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.

Swimming Swimming

There are three designated swimming beaches with vault toilets on the state forest. Swimmers should exercise caution as lifeguards are not on duty.

The beach at Connors Lake picnic area includes a sandy beach with drinking water available. At the other end of Connors Lake, the campground also has a sandy beach and hand pump for drinking water. A vehicle admission sticker or day pass is required for both locations.

The Lake of the Pines campground beach also requires a vehicle admission sticker.

These are the only designated swimming areas on the property, however, swimming is allowed elsewhere when waters are not signed "closed to swimming." Popular areas include Slough Gundy, the Cedar Rapids river campsite and the Hwy W landing. Swimmers should exercise caution, especially in moving water, as there are no lifeguards on duty.

Last Revised: Tuesday March 22 2016