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Crivitz, WI 54114

Wisconsin State Parks and ForestsPeshtigo River State Forest

DNR photo of the Peshtigo River

a campsite at Peshtigo River State Forest.

Twenty five miles of river, 3,200 acres of water and 9,200 acres of forest await you on the Peshtigo River State Forest, the natural gem of Marinette County. Established in 2001, the property is Wisconsin's newest state forest. It was purchased from the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation and includes the Potato Rapids Flowage, located 20 miles southeast of the main forest.

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This long, linear state forest borders some of the most beautiful and exciting sections of the Peshtigo River. Anglers know the river's free-flowing portion for its excellent fly-fishing; paddlers brave the Midwest's longest continuous whitewater rapids; and boaters can access more than 3,000 acres of flowage from 15 boat landings.


The Peshtigo River State Forest is located in northeastern Wisconsin in Marinette and Oconto Counties. The forest headquarters is located approximately 16 miles northwest of the village of Crivitz. The headquarters is found within Governor Thompson State Park which offers many additional recreational opportunities.

Traffic alert

U.S. highway 141 from Coleman to Crivitz is closed until the end of October while a bridge is being replaced.

While the official detour route is highway 64 east to county road W into Crivitz, there is an alternate route to take that will avoid Crivitz completely. Continue on highway 141 to county road P. This will be just after the four-lane highway ends and near the small town of Beaver. Follow county road P for approximately nine miles until you reach county road W. Turn left (west) onto county road W and follow it for approximately three miles until you reach Parkway Road (there will be a BP gas station at this intersection). Turn right (north) on Parkway Road and follow it for approximately nine miles until you reach Ranch Road. Turn left (west) on Ranch Road for 1.5 miles until you reach Paust Lane, where you will see our entrance sign at the end of Paust Lane.


A vehicle admission sticker is required for the campground. Hunting and fishing licenses apply. Camping fees are updated annually.

Management and business

Peshtigo River State Forest master plan

Completed in fall of 2007, the Peshtigo River State Forest master plan reflects years of planning and public input. The final plan, maps, variances and amendments are included in the plan, as well as documents used during the plan's development.

Public involvement

Public involvement in state forest management, operations and monitoring is part of sustainable forestry. We seek public involvement because we believe people, communities, organizations and businesses realize the potential public benefits of state forests and are willing to work to further the goals of sustainable forestry.

Timber sale program

The state forests are managed sustainably for multiple uses. Active timber management is a part of that overall effort on many parts of each forest. Timber sales are advertised for sale typically from one to three times annually, depending on the size of the forest.

Last revised: Thursday September 10 2015