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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

As of Wednesday, May 4

Common Merganser (Photo by Kim Krawczyk)
Common Merganser (Photo by Kim Krawczyk)

As of Thursday, May 5th, all campgrounds on the forest are open except Cunard Lake, East Star Lake, Plum Lake, Sandy Beach Lake, and South Trout Lake Campgrounds which remain closed until Monday, May 23rd. Campground crews continue our spring cleaning of toilet facilities, roads, and campsites. They have made good progress, but please be patient, as it takes a few weeks to get through all 18 of our campgrounds. Campers will find campgrounds in varying states of readiness for the season depending on whether crews have made it to that campground or not. Blowing of leaves and other forest debris from roads and campsites has been completed in all open campgrounds except Buffalo Lake, Starrett Lake, and Upper Gresham Lake Campgrounds. “Deep cleaning” of vault toilet buildings has been completed at Clear Lake, Indian Mounds, and Carrol Lake Campgrounds. Much of this week, staff has been focusing on preparing shower buildings for the season.

Shower buildings at Clear Lake, Crystal Lake, and Musky Lake Campgrounds will open for the season on Friday, May 6.

The bathroom portion of the Firefly Lake Campground shower building will also open for the season on Friday, May 6, however the showers at Firefly Lake will remain closed until further notice due to an unanticipated maintenance problem. All dump stations on the forest will also be open by Friday, May 6.

- NHAL staff

Trails and facilities

The Crystal Lake Nature Center is closed until Memorial Day weekend 2016.

Ranger station hours

The Clear Lake ranger station is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The Crystal Lake Ranger Station is open only when staff is available, so if you are planning a visit, please call first.

  • 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: Wednesday May 04 2016