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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

Conditions as of Wednesday, June 21, 2017:

NHAL lake

The summer green explosion is in full force in the forest. Everything is lush and green and has caught up with the rest of the state. Bunchberry, twin flower, buttercups, blue flag iris, false Solomon's seal, Canada mayflower, oxeye daisies, yellow and orange hawkweed are in varying stages of bloom. The showy white blossoms of blackberry are gracing the roadsides. Highbush cranberry, mountain maple and pagoda dogwood are in bloom. Yellow and white water lilies are poking their heads above water here and there. Lupine are just about done blooming. The wild strawberries that bloomed the earliest are starting to show ripened berries with some plants still blooming! Slow down and enjoy the bloom and watch for road crossing turtles and baby animals! Campers can be serenated by the lovely song of the hermit thrush as they enjoy the evening by the fire. Hopefully the hum of mosquitos won't drown the song out!

Trail conditions

Crews have trails cleared from the storm damage this spring. High water tables are creating some issues with the boardwalks in the low areas and hikers should use caution.

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 the history of the state forest, 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. Be sure to bring along necessary protection from ticks and insects, if used.

Read the NHAL trail descriptions for more information.

Campground conditions

All campgrounds are open and fully functional.

Facilities open and closed

Trout Lake Forestry Headquarters no longer maintains regular open hours to the public. All other facilities are open.

Roads to and in the property

Hwy M is being reconstructed and is closed from Hwy 51 to the "N" intersection. Travelers just need to follow the detour signs to County Hwy N on Hwy 51 and can get back to "M" at the reconstructed intersection. It is just a few mile detour.

Visitor station hours

The visitor stations are open daily from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. daily. Camping and self-registration information is located on the kiosks at the front of the stations after hours.

Phone numbers
Crystal Lake: 715-542-3923
Clear Lake: 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: Wednesday June 21 2017