Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions
As of Thursday, February 20, 2014
It still looks like frozen January, knee deep snow and no end in sight! Trails are still looking like the front of a Christmas card. Activity at the bird feeders are limited to chickadees, nuthatches, gold finches, blue jays and the various woodpeckers. Can’t forget the red and grey squirrels, an occasional ermine, and even a young bobcat. Hopefully the January thaw will come next week!
Ski trail conditions are very good at this time.
- Escanaba Trail (March 8) – All loops cut and tracked. Very good conditions.
- Madeline Trail (March 4) – All loops cut and tracked. Very good conditions.
- McNaughton Trail (March 8) – Skaters loop cut and groomed. All other loops cut and tracked. Good conditions.
- Raven Trail (March 9) – All loops cut and tracked. The yellow loop and sections of the red loop have a good amount of debris. Fair to good conditions.
The tracks are still in very good shape and their use has been low due to very cold daytime air temperatures. Some grooming could occur if snow and wind conditions change but nothing before the weekend is scheduled.
Passes are available by self-registration at the trailheads or at the Clear Lake Ranger Station, open daily 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Other sources of trail information
Cross country ski trail grooming and trail conditions can be found at additional locations for your convenience.
- 715-385-3355 ext. 121
Other area trails
Starret, Gresham, Buffalo, South Trout, Cunard, East Star, Plum Lake and Sandy Beach campgrounds are closed for the season. Clear will remain open all year. Crystal, Muskie, Firefly, Indian Mounds, Carrol, Razorback, West Star North Trout and Big Lake campgrounds are open and closed due to the snow conditions.
Roads and facilities
The Nature Center at Crystal Lake is closed until spring. Road construction continues in Minocqua on Highway 51. All other projects have been finished up.
Winter NHAL ranger station hours
The Clear Lake Ranger Station is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. The Crystal Lake Ranger Station will be closed unless staff is present. Visitors are encouraged to go to Clear Lake Ranger Station for all of their needs. The Clear Lake staff should also know which specific days Crystal Lake will be open. The phone number for the Clear Lake Ranger Station is 715-356-3668.
Firewood notice: Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, firewood from out of state or from more than 25 miles away is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park or Forest properties. Also, firewood that has been in the Wisconsin 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 25-mile radius of allowable firewood on state properties.