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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

As of Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall colors at the NHAL State Forest

Fall colors at the NHAL State Forest
(image courtesy Kimberly Krawczyk)

The cold, damp, windy days have knocked down most of the leaf cover, making small game and archery hunters happy. The forest is quiet and it's a great time to be out exploring. Birds are being seen along roadsides and deer are starting to scrape.

Campground conditions

Buffalo, Cunard, East Star, Plum, Sandy Beach, South Trout, Starrett and Upper Gresham campgrounds are all closed for the season. The remaining campgrounds have moved to self-registration until the snow flies.

Maintenance crews have cut hazard trees in the campgrounds. Little traffic can make for a great camping experience in the fall.

NHAL State Forest lakes

Boaters are encouraged to check out the new Sparkling Lake boat landing when looking for a fall lake to fish. Piers continue to be removed on the forest.

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 October 24 2014