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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

As of Wednesday, August 24

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

Trail conditions

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

All 18 rustic campgrounds are open. Shower facilities at the reservable sites are open, and RV dump stations are open. Firewood is available for purchase at the campgrounds and from area vendors.

Swimming, boating, and fishing conditions

Water levels are high, swimming is great and fishing is fishing (they don’t call it catching)!

Nature conditions or observations

As the area grasses start to turn brown, cattails ripen and goldenrod dot the landscape, one can only think that fall is just around the corner! Some stressed maples are starting to show a reddish cast to their leaves and the first night hawks are making their migration start known. Just juvenile and female hummingbirds are appearing at flower beds and bird feeders so some of the males have started their trip southward. Fawns still have their spots and the broods of turkeys seem to be getting smaller in numbers as the summer progresses. The bumper crop of blackberries are ripening for the berry picker if you can get to them before the chipmunks and turkeys! Cooler nights will bring dramatic foggy morning landscapes!

Facilities open and closed

The Crystal Lake Nature Center is being operated by Campground Hosts. Please contact the Crystal Lake Ranger Station to get the schedule of events.

Roads to and in the property

No construction or detours to worry about yet this summer. There will be a detour to the Sandy Beach campgroung in mid-August as bridgework begins on Hwy 47.

Ranger station hours

The Clear Lake ranger station is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The Crystal Lake Ranger Station is open only when staff is available, so if you are planning a visit, please call first.

  • 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.

Last revised: Friday August 26 2016