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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

As of Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall colors at the NHAL State Forest

Fall colors at the NHAL State Forest
(image courtesy Kimberly Krawczyk)

The wind and rain are taking its toll on the fall color, but many pockets of color are still beautifying the eye of the beholder. The tamaracks in Powel Marsh are turning their golden glow and the oaks are showing many shades of red, rust and brown. Green and gold--just like the Packers--is still the fall theme!

Campground conditions

Buffalo, Cunard, East Star, Plum, Sandy Beach, South Trout, Starrett and Upper Gresham campgrounds are all closed for the season. The remaining campgrounds have moved to self-registration until the snow flies.

NHAL State Forest lakes

Docks on the state forest lakes will start to be removed starting in mid-October. There will be some big fixes going on at some of the landings this fall which may temporarily close a boat landing for a day or two.

Roads and facilities

The Crystal Lake Nature Center is now closed. Dump stations are being drained of water this week, but will still be available for dumping without flush water for the fall. Shower facilities are also being shut down for the season.

Ranger station hours

The Clear Lake ranger station is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and when staff are present. The Crystal Lake ranger station is open only when staff are present.

  • Crystal Lake ranger station: 715-542-3923
  • Clear Lake ranger station: 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: Tuesday October 14 2014