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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

As of Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Woodcock within the NHAL State Forest

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

The shorter days are starting to influence the colors of autumn. Golden rods, asters and cattails are showing their colors off along with the ripening grasses. A few reds are starting to show in the low lying areas and from a stressed tree here and there. 

Nighthawks are starting their fall journey and more groups of turkeys, crows and ravens can be seen foraging for insects along the roadsides. It is a great time to be out in the woods!

Campground conditions

Cunard, Plum and South Trout campgrounds are now closed for the season. East Star, Buffalo, Sandy Beach, Starrett and Upper Gresham will close for the season on Tuesday, October 14. Many of the others will go to self-registration and will remain open until the snow flies. Dump stations are still open.

NHAL State Forest lakes

Docks on the state forest lakes will start to be removed starting in mid-October. There will be some big fixes going on at some of the landings this fall which may temporarily close a boat landing for a day or two.

Roads and facilities

The Crystal Lake Nature Center is now closed.

Ranger station hours

Crystal and Clear Lake Ranger Stations are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (changes to follow after Columbus Day). 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: Tuesday September 02 2014