Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions
As of Wednesday, April 15
Snow is mostly gone, lakes are open and spring peepers are beginning to sing. Fox sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers have started to show up. South winds will be bringing many of the spring migrants in very short order. Pussy willows have popped out in wet areas. Trailing arbutus is budding and starting to bloom in sunny, gravelly areas.
Remember to take a bag with you and pick up recyclables and trash on your spring hikes to help keep the north beautiful. Make every day Earth Day.
Campfires, outdoor grills, smoking, chain saws and other small engines have the potential to throw a spark and ignite a dangerous and destructive fire. Please use extreme caution during these unusually dangerous fire conditions.
Crews are beginning to get our campgrounds ready for summer. They are out cleaning toilet facilities, roads and campsites. Please be patient as it will take a few weeks to get through all 18 of our campgrounds. Clear Lake, Crystal Lake, Firefly Lake, Musky Lake, Big Lake, Carrol Lake, Indian Mounds, North Trout Lake, Razorback Lake and West Star Lake Campgrounds are all currently open and 95 percent plus snow free. All other campgrounds are closed at this time. The weather forecast for this weekend looks great, so it would be a good opportunity to come out for an early camping trip!
The shower buildings will open by the first weekend in May, barring any unforeseen issues. Firewood gatherers--with permits of course--have until April 30 to harvest downed trees within the campgrounds on the forest. There is still a lot of stuff lying on the ground from hazard tree cutting last fall.
We still have volunteer campground host opportunities available at Plum Lake, Carrol Lake, Cunard Lake and South Trout Lake campgrounds. Please contact Joe Fieweger at 715-385-3355 ext. 113 for more information.
Roads and facilities
The Crystal Lake Nature Center remains 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.