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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

As of Thursday, August 14, 2014

Woodcock within the NHAL State Forest

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

The cooler nights are reminding campers of September instead of August, but the days are extremely pleasant. The forest is starting to show signs of season changes. Some of the red maples in low lying areas are showing tinges of maroon, the grasses are turning brown with ripening seed heads and patches of poison ivy are starting to turn a pinkish hue. Tansy and goldenrod are joining the black-eyed Susans, as well as the highly invasive purples of the spotted knapweed and purple loosestrife.

Various mushrooms are starting to show and the bugs are slowing down. Hiking and biking conditions are 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

Swimmer’s itch is starting to show up on some of the area lakes, but folks are still busy using the warmer waters for all of their recreational needs. Water levels are high and boaters shouldn’t have any problems landing their vessels in search of a meal of fish.

Roads and facilities

Road construction is complete on highway 51 north of Minocqua. Work continues on the bike path near the Clear Lake ranger station. Pavement will be coming soon!

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 August 14 2014