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Chippewa Flowage
15,300 acres of premier fishing in Sawyer County.
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway
over 92 miles of natural and scenic roverway.
Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area
scenic beauty and wild character in Iron County.
Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area
an island studded reservoir with truly wild flavor.
Wild Rivers
protected free-flowing rivers.
location in Wisconsin
Contact information
For information on the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area, contact:
Adam Wallace
Property manager
Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area
8770 County Highway J
Woodruff, WI 54568
715-356-5211 ext. 248
For Camping and Recreational Questions:
Clear Lake Visitor Station
8282 Woodruff Road Woodruff, WI 54568
715-356-3668

Oneida County emergency: 911
Oneida County non-emergency: 715-361-5100

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area

With limited development and access, the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area is a large island studded reservoir with a truly wild flavor. The property is located in west central Oneida County and includes 73 miles of shoreline (95 percent of which is undeveloped), 106 islands and 7 boat landings. The DNR-managed portion of the property, including the flowage, encompasses more than 30,000 acres where hunting, fishing, paddling and hiking opportunities abound.

Deer Island

Deer Island, © Gary Cira.

Surrounded by swamps, bogs and other watery lowlands, the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area is isolated from roads and development. This remoteness, along with its natural shoreline, draws visitors from around the state and region. For a wilderness experience described as "almost Canada," come visit the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area.

New in 2019, visitors can now access 2 of the remote campsites by motor vehicle. Campsites 26 and 28 in south Indian Bay are accessible from Iron Gate road. All-wheeled drive or 4x4 vehicles are recommended to access the small parking area with a short walk to the sites. Look for the small brown campground signs on Iron Gate road for access.

Designated as an Outstanding Resource Water in 1997, the Willow Flowage supports a diversity of aquatic plants, fish and wildlife. Abundant walleye and panfish populations, along with northern pike, muskellunge, and large and smallmouth bass, make fishing the primary draw. White-tailed deer, bear, ruffed grouse, ducks, eagles, loons and even wolves roam the area. There are currently 10 nesting pairs of ospreys on the flowage that provide lucky visitors with dramatic fishing displays from April through October.

There are 37 rustic campsites, 30 family sites and 7 group sites, scattered along the shoreline and islands; all campsites are occupied on a first come, first served basis with no registration, no reservations and no fees. Campsite amenities include a fire ring (with cooking grill), picnic table and outdoor toilet.

An active forestry program is in place on the Willow Flowage to maintain prime wildlife habitat, emphasize forest diversity and to promote a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Future thinnings of selected trees and occasional prescribed burns will help restore the shoreline to historic forest conditions dominated by long-lived tree species such as red and white pine.

Location and directions

The Willow Flowage is located west of US Hwy 51 along County Hwy Y in Onieda County.

Activities

Recreational opportunities

  • Hunting
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowmobiling (designated trails only)
  • ATVing (designated trails only)
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing - musky, panfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike and walleye
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Bicycling

Objective

Forest management

Maintain and enhance the aesthetic qualities and solitude of the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area. Protect the water quality, sustainable fisheries, undeveloped shoreline, and aquatic and terrestrial habitats of the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area that led to its designation as an Outstanding Resource Water.

Manage for and enhance the diverse range of native flora and fauna of the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area.

In consultation with tribal governments, manage the land and other natural resources to provide for the exercise of Chippewa Treaty rights in accordance with applicable law.

Provide access, for persons of varying abilities, to the resources and recreational opportunities of the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area.

Provide and maintain a diversity of forest cover types and age classes in order to preserve forest health and to enhance aesthetic appeal and wildlife habitat.

Provide a variety of renewable forest products consistent with forest capabilities.

Acquire additional lands to maintain and enhance the aesthetic qualities, solitude and Outstanding Resource Water designation of the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area and surrounding area.

Provide for a variety of information, education and interpretation opportunities about the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area and surrounding area.

Photos

Picture Gallery

We've compiled pictures of the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area.

thumbnail: beautiful sunset thumbnail: Back Bay thumbnail: Deer Island thumbnail: thumbnail: eagle thumbnail: Erv's Point, Back Bay thumbnail: Gall Indian Bay thumbnail: Halle with a Northern Pike thumbnail: fishing thumbnail: thumbnail: cleaning fish thumbnail: thumbnail: guarding birds thumbnail: thumbnail: thumbnail: thumbnail: thumbnail: in the treetops thumbnail: last one in thumbnail: camping thumbnail: Pine Island sunset thumbnail: Willow Indian Point

Submit your pictures for our gallery

Submit your pictures of the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area by contacting:

Adam Wallace
Property manager
Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area
8770 County Highway J
Woodruff, WI 54568
715-356-5211 ext. 248

Thank you Jason Spaeth, Rhys Elliot, Nate Stelton, Mike Schueller, Gary Cira, Derek Koch and Jamie Olstadt for submitting pictures for our gallery.

Management and business

Annual Property Implementation Plans

Implementation plans are posted every year in March and contain:

  • major planned and scheduled forest and habitat management treatments;
  • recreation and infrastructure development projects; and
  • other property management actions.

Master plan

The Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area master plan can be found on the completed plans page.

Timber sale program

Timber sales for the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area are included in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest bid packages.

Contact

Contact information
For questions and comments about the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area contact:
Adam Wallace
Property manager
Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area
8770 County Highway J
Woodruff, WI 54568
715-356-5211 ext. 248
For Camping and Recreational Questions:
Clear Lake Visitor Station
8282 Woodruff Road Woodruff, WI 54568
715-356-3668
Last revised: Wednesday May 15 2019