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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

Conditions as of Jan. 12, 2017

Common Merganser (Photo by Kim Krawczyk)
Common Merganser (Photo by Kim Krawczyk)

Trail conditions

The forest is finally getting that great snowfall to provide a good base for outdoor recreation! It is a beautiful winter wonderland out there so please get out and enjoy it. Cross-country ski trails, snowshoe trails and snowmobile trails should be in super shape with the 8+ inches of new snowfall.

Ecanaba Trail (01/12/2017): All loops tracked. Very good to excellent conditions.

Raven Trail (01/12/2017): All loops have been tracked. All loops have good coverage of snow. Very good conditions.

Madeline Trail (01/12/2017): All loops have been leveled. We have had some equipment issues and the trial remains ungroomed.

McNaughton Trail (01/12/2017): Skaters loop leveled and groomed. All other loops leveled and tracked. Very good conditions.

Read the NHAL trail descriptions for more information.

The State Forest offers five nature/interpretive trails for visitors to explore. Four of the nature trails have interpretive signs along the trail routes designed to teach a little about our State Forests history, forest wildlife and plants, and the cultural history of the area. The Tom Roberts Memorial Interpretive trail, located at the Crystal Lake Campground, is paved and wheelchair accessible.

In addition to our five nature trails, there are seven other trails designated for hiking. There are also hundreds of miles of old logging roads, less traveled town roads, forest access roads and snowmobile trails that offer good hiking. Conditions are great at this time and be sure to bring along necessary protection from ticks and insects, if used.

Campground conditions

South, Plum, Cunard, Sandy Beach, East Star, Starrett, Upper Gresham and Buffalo campgrounds are closed for camping until spring of 2017. Water has been shut off and buildings winterized in all shower buildings on the property. Dump station water has been turned off, but campers may still dump their camping waste but will not be able to flush their systems. A state park sticker is still required to use the dump stations. Most hand pumps and vault toilets remain open well into the winter until snow closes the remaining campgrounds. Firewood is still available for purchase during open hours of the Ranger Stations.

Facilities open and closed

Crystal Lake Nature Center closed until springtime.

Roads to and in the property

As forest roads accumulate more snow, vehicular access gets limited. After snowmmobile trails are groomed and opened for the season, vehicular traffic is not allowed on groomed trails.

Ranger station hours

Crystal Lake Ranger Station will be open when staff are available. Please call ahead at 715-542-3923. Self-registration for camping is available at the front of the building. Clear Lake Ranger Station is open 7 days a week, from 9am-3pm, and most days until 5pm when staff is available. 715-356-3668. Drinking water for camping is available at the front of the building. Self-Registration is available at the front of the building also. Instructions and maps are posted on the kiosks next to the self-registration envelopes.

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 January 13 2017