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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

Conditions as of Wednesday, August 16, 2017:

NHAL lake

It seems like summer just got here and already there are signs of it ending! The late summer yellows of Tansy, black-eyed Susans and Goldenrod speak of shorter days to come. The lavenders of bergamot, fireweed and the dreaded spotted knapweed add to the color pallet. Spreading dogbane is starting to turn yellow and the blackberries are ripening for the berry pickers! All sizes of turkey broods are being seen along roadsides, and once in a while a buck in velvet. Loons are being heard calling as they travel from lake to lake to feed, and the hum of mosquitos is starting to fade. Crickets are starting to call during the evening walk time………….a soothing but saddening of the summer season coming to an end!

Trail conditions

Crews have trails cleared from the storm damage this spring. High water tables are creating some issues with the boardwalks in the low areas and hikers should use caution.

The state forest offers five nature/interpretive trails for visitors to explore. Four of the nature trails have interpretive signs along the trail routes designed to teach a little about the history of the state forest, forest wildlife and plants and the cultural history of the area. The Tom Roberts Memorial Interpretive trail, located at the Crystal Lake Campground, is paved and wheelchair accessible.

In addition to our five nature trails, there are seven other trails designated for hiking. There are also hundreds of miles of old logging roads, less traveled town roads, forest access roads and snowmobile trails that offer good hiking. Be sure to bring along necessary protection from ticks and insects, if used.

Read the NHAL trail descriptions for more information.

Campground conditions

All campgrounds are open and fully functional.

Facilities open and closed

Trout Lake Forestry Headquarters no longer maintains regular open hours to the public. All other facilities are open.

Visitor station hours

The visitor stations are open daily from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. daily. Camping and self-registration information is located on the kiosks at the front of the stations after hours.

Phone numbers
Crystal Lake: 715-542-3923
Clear Lake: 715-356-3668.

Firewood notice: As of June 1, 2014, firewood from more than 10 miles away is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park or Forest properties. Also, firewood that has been in an emerald ash borer quarantined area is not allowed on properties outside of the quarantined area. Please buy firewood at or near the park or forest where you are going. Call the DNR toll-free Firewood Hotline, 1-877-303-WOOD (1-877-303-9663) for information before packing for a trip. For more information, see firewood facts, rules and advice or ask the park or forest office. Maps are available to view the 10-mile radius of allowable firewood on state properties.

Last revised: Thursday August 17 2017