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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

As of Thursday, September 11, 2014

Woodcock within the NHAL State Forest

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

The cool winds and rains of autumn are making the forest change colors from lush green to harvest golds, reds and browns. Golden rods and asters are dotting the landscape with their lavenders and yellows. Ferns and dogbane are turning yellow and brown. Red maples are dotting the lowlands with their red coats and pin cherry and sumac are starting to show red also.

Leaves will start to turn fast after the frosty week's end temperatures predicted for the north. Bear hunters are out and about and many of the fall hunting seasons start this weekend.

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

Clear Lake and Crystal Lake Ranger Stations are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays through Columbus Day (changes to follow after Columbus Day).

  • 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: Thursday September 11 2014