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Flambeau River State ForestCurrent conditions

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Cross-country ski trail conditions

Trails

The ATV/UTV trail system is closed for the season. Snowmobile trails will open when there is enough snow to groom the trails.

Aerial photo of Little Falls on the Flambeau River

Little Falls, photo © Jim Kuchler.

The Flambeau River State Forest has a plethora of hunter/walking trails and some very beautiful scenic hiking and nature trails. The Flambeau Hills Hiking, Biking and Ski Trail is 15 miles long with loops and trail links. We have approximately 2 to 3 inches of snow depth. Not enough for use. Check with the forest headquarters for trail conditions.

Trails are not designed for high-speed travel.  Lake of the Pines Nature Trail, Little Falls/Slough Gundy Scenic Area, Sobieski Wildlife Area and Bass Lake Wilderness Area are just to name a few.   Some of these trails can be a real challenge. Depending upon the snow depth, you may want to consider snowshoeing the trails. Get those snowshoes ready!   If you choose to go to Lake of the Pines Nature trail or Little Falls/Slough Gundy Scenic Area, there are map containers on the entrance posts of the trails, just grab a map.  When hiking or snowshoeing Lake of the Pines, you can enter this trail at Lake of the Pines Landing or across from the registration station for the campground.  The trail runs along the bluffs on the west bank of Lake of the Pines and into some rolling hills loaded with large white pines and hemlocks.  When hiking or snowshoeing Little Falls/Slough Gundy be sure to read the signs carefully, and if you are able to traverse boulders and cross a rocky river bed, try crossing to Slough Gundy.  Once across the river bed just follow the path and you will see some large white pines, cedars, hemlocks and also some unusual rock formations.  There are cliffs on the north end of Slough Gundy, so be cautious.  These are just a couple of the many unique and wonderful places here on the Flambeau River State Forest. Stop in at the Flambeau River State Forest Headquarters and we have maps available for the Hunter Walking Trails. 

The ATV/UTV trail system is closed for the season.
Snowmobile trails will open when there is enough snow to groom the trails.
The Flambeau River State Forest has a plethora of hunter/walking trails and some very beautiful scenic hiking and nature trails.  

Events

Coming events to the Flambeau River State Forest.

Campground conditions

Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.

Lake of the Pines Campground is open for the season until Dec. 15. It is a very beautiful rustic, quiet and well maintained campground. It is located on a bluff overlooking Lake of the Pines. Many of the sites are on the lake side where you can watch the early morning sunrise in the east.  It has a very nice nature trail connected to the campgrounds where you can hike or snowshoe and explore the area. New to the campground is a 50 foot ADA accessible fishing pier. This campground is open till December 15.

Connors Lake Campground and Picnic Area is closed for the season. Connors Lake has electric sites, the rest are non-electric. A number of the sites at Connors Lake Campground are located directly on Connors Lake and are also very well maintained.

Flambeau River Campsites are located along the North fork of the Flambeau River in the State Forest.  This area includes seven landings and 14 river sites that are diligently maintained. These river sites have up to three camping units at each river site.  The sites include a picnic table, fire ring, and toilet facilities.  There are also three group sites in operation. These sites are free to the public but must be accessed only by watercraft from the river.

Looking for a unique deer hunting experience?  The Flambeau River State Forest allows “traditional deer camps” throughout the Forest in designated areas during the nine day gun deer season.  For more information, give us a call at 715-332-5271 ext. 111.  Be sure to contact us before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Swimming, boating and fishing conditions

The Flambeau River and the surrounding lakes in the State Forest such as Connors, Lake of the Pines (walleye, bass, musky, northern and panfish), Bass Lake (largemouth bass, panfish), Swamp, Pelican, Mason and Evergreen Lakes, are great places to fish and explore.

The Flambeau River water level is high with ice chunks flowing down river .  The lakes have a thin layer of ice. If you need more information about the FRSF, email or call 715-332-5271 ext.111. Be cautious when the river runs high and fast (carries debris), know your limitations, have the right safety equip., tell someone your trip plans, be aware of the weather, steer clear of rocks, never enter the river under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Nature

December is the Little Spirit Moon with lakes freezing over and snow starting to accumulate. There is a light layer of ice on the lakes with light snow cover around us here at the Flambeau River State Forest. Tracks from rabbits, squirrels, weasels, deer and elk are just a few of the animals roaming the forest and it is amazing what you see and hear when you just watch and listen.  The deer and elk are feeding heavily to fatten up in preparation for the deep winter months.  Many are feeding in the active timber cuts on the forest. There are cow/calf groups with some of the young bulls.  The big bulls are forming bachelor groups. The grouse season is open until December 31, and some various deer hunting opportunities are still available, check your 2018 Deer Hunting Regulations.
There are 7 active logging sales at this time on the Flambeau River State Forest.  Be aware of large logging trucks on the roads. Come and enjoy this beautiful river and the wilderness of the Forest.  If you have a plan to hunt or hike, we suggest you bring a compass, as some navigational devices will not have reception.