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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

As of Friday, December 19, 2014

Crystal campground road within the NHAL State Forest

Crystal campground road
(image courtesy Kimberly Krawczyk)

The three to five inches of new-fallen snow has put a fresh new snow look back on the landscape. The recent warm-up knocked a lot of the snow base down and created a lot of slush so hikers and fishermen should be very careful as to where they walk. Coyotes, partridge and weasels can be seen if one is patient enough!

The new 2015 stickers are now available. The Clear Lake ranger station has plenty of NHAL logo sweatshirts, fleece and gifts for sale at 50 percent off. We also have the newly updated and revised NHAL State Forest map for only $2, along with Christmas tree, wood and bough cutting permits. So stop by and do some Christmas shopping!

Campground conditions

The lower loop of the Clear Lake campground is plowed and ready for winter camping. All other campgrounds are closed for the season.

Ski trails report

The warmer weather we have had over the last few days has greatly impacted the snow base on the trails. To prevent damage to our equipment we will be suspending grooming until conditions improve.

Roads and facilities

The Crystal Lake Nature Center is now closed.

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: Monday December 22 2014