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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

As of Friday, November 21, 2014

Crystal campground road within the NHAL State Forest

Crystal campground road
(image courtesy Kimberly Krawczyk)

The landscape looks like January, not late November. The 12 plus inches of snow will make it impossible for some of the deer hunters to get into the campgrounds, as roads are not plowed. Clear Lake has three plowed sites.

Grouse are being seen budding in the trees and picking what gravel can be found along roadsides. Deer are having a hard time getting around as snow levels are around 24 inches in the northern part of the forest. Tracking will be easy for hunters--silence is at a premium!

Campground conditions

Clear Lake campground will remain open with a few sites plowed for winter camping. All other campgrounds are closed for the season.

Ski trails report

We will be working on packing and leveling the snow on the trails to form a solid base. Grooming will start after the rifle/gun deer season.

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: Friday November 21 2014