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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

As of Thursday, July 17, 2014

Woodcock within the NHAL State Forest

Woodcock within the NHAL State Forest
(image courtesy DNR Wildlife Dept.)

The lush green forest awaits the visitor. Daisies, hawkweed, St. John’s wart and the many clovers are brightening up the roadsides, trails and openings. Many of the grasses are getting ripe and are providing lush samples for those who can identify them. A few ripe raspberries are appearing and the wild strawberries are being carried away by the foraging chipmunks. Red berried elder is attracting the blue jays! A watchful eye may catch a brood of turkeys or a tiny grouse or two along the roads, and many songbirds are busy feeding their young, even though they are the same size as the adults!

Dusk still brings out those wonderful mosquitos to feed on any warm body, but the numbers don’t seem as great.

Campground conditions

All campgrounds are open and fully functional. Campers with reservations are urged to call either ranger station and let them know if they will be arriving late and to hold their reserved site.

NHAL State Forest lakes

All boat landings have been inspected and should be safe and functional at this time. Lakes are on the rise with all of the abundant rainfall and a few brave souls are swimming in the cool water.

Roads and facilities

There is still major road construction on highway 51 and J in Minocqua that will cause major delays in traffic, but WisDOT promises to have the roadway less congested by July 2. There is also resurfacing going on north of Minocqua between highways M and W in Manitowish Waters that may cause more delays in traffic flow.

Ranger station hours

Crystal and Clear Lake Ranger Stations are open 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. The phone number for the Clear Lake Ranger Station is 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 July 17 2014