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Flambeau River State ForestCurrent conditions

Hiking Trails

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 of the trails in the Forest.   Some of these trails can be a real challenge. All the trails are usable but you definitely need high water boots.   Be sure to bring a compass, just in case you get turned around.  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 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. This trail takes you past an ephemeral pond that is filled with croaking and peeping frogs.  This pond is about 1/10th of an acre in size and is located at DM Lat. 45 47.1888855: DM Long. Of 90 42.421156.  Well worth exploring.  When hiking Little Falls/Slough Gundy be sure to read the signs carefully. We suggest not traversing the Slough Gundy portion of the trail system as it is very dangerous with fast moving ice and water.  After spring thaw and receding water levels you can cross 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.

The Flambeau River State Forest has a plethora of hunter/walking trails and some very beautiful scenic hiking and nature trails. Stop in at the Flambeau River State Forest Headquarters for maps of Hunter Walking Trails. 

ATV Trails

ATV/UTV Trails: are open for use.  Two sections are closed due to high water on the trail.  The short segment from Hwy W trail head to Nedli Rd..  You can use Hwy W directly to Nedli Rd. to access the southern trail system.  Also, the section between Fishermen’s Landing south is closed so just use Hwy M for that distance. Every closure is clearly marked.  Drive safely and be aware of new elk calves and deer fawns.

Events

Coming events to the Flambeau River State Forest.

May 24 there is an Open House at the Flambeau. Come talk to the staff and ask all your questions, drink some coffee and enjoy a cookie.  Pamphlets and  information available. 

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. 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 and explore the area. New to the campground is a 50 foot ADA accessible fishing pier, which has been removed for the winter months and will be reinstalled very soon. .

Connors Lake Campground and Picnic Area. A number of the sites at Connors Lake Campground are located directly on Connors Lake and are also very well maintained. Connors Lake opens for the season Memorial Day weekend.

If you are interested in reserving sites for 2019.  Lake of the Pines campground and Connors Lake Campground can be reserved through the camping page of the DNR website or by going on or calling 1-888-947-2757 to register.  Both campgrounds are little gems so think “camping”!

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. All river sites are free to the public but must be accessed only by watercraft from the river. Staff will soon be able to access the river sites and spring clean!

Swimming, boating and fishing conditions

The North and South Fork of the Flambeau has seen some sporadic fishing.  The river level is high but definitely navigable.  Muskie season is open.  There hasn’t been a lot of activity yet on the area lakes but it will certainly be picking up now.  Be sure to get tackle and poles ready for use and purchase that license!

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.

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

Memorial Day weekend has arrived and so has the green growth.  Remember the song:  “Green, green, it’s green they say, on the far side of the hill”.  It comes to mind when you view the landscape.  So green, so fresh and new and beautiful.  The Flambeau River is such a precious resource.  It’s banks are thriving with water and animal life.  Nesting,  playing of furbearers and a haven for ducks and geese.  It’s such a joy to have spring here and all the pregnant wildlife  and youngsters born daily.  Elk cows and deer does are in their third trimester of pregnancy and we are viewing young of the year roadside or working out doing field work.  Grazing wildlife is prevalent throughout the forest.  Bears and cubs are out feeding and filling up after the long winter we had.  Tundra swans,  geese, cranes and ducks are flying overhead.  Each waterhole seems to have some waterfowl in it.  Gardens are being cleaned and plants are soon to be planted.   It’s time to plant tree seedlings and past time to prune most trees.   Bloodroot, spring beauties, trilliums, marsh marigolds, trout lilies, bellwort’s and Virginia waterleaf are flowering , and the fiddleheads and wild leaks are up.  Most trees are leafing .  The forest floor is still very wet and the road side ditches are still laden with water.  Grouse are still drumming and the turkeys are strutting and gobbling and are gathering hens and the hens are nesting.   Robins, Red-breasted grosbeaks, tree swallows, red-winged blackbirds, mourning doves, yellow finches, yellow warbler, yellow shafted flicker, evening grosbeaks, phoebes, kingfishers,   owls, woodcock, sandhill cranes, a variety of ducks and some swans, kingfishers and even 3 pelicans have been seen by some area residents and Forest staff.  The list is lengthening! The wood frogs and spring peepers are croaking and peeping, the ephemeral ponds are jumping and slithering.  Some red bellies have been seen sunning themselves.   Nature is at one of its busiest times of the year. Early mornings are filled with a wonder of noise and song.  The gnats and tics are out in full force.

The Flambeau River State Forest proudly gained 48 new elk members from the state of Kentucky.  We are looking forward to a genetic exchange and herd growth for the years to come.
Keep vigilant watch over the daily phenological changes, because they happen so fast.  Don’t miss the opportunity and take time and quietly go out and see the splendor that nature offers.

All Forest roads repaired and open.

Connors Lake, Connors Lake Picnic Area, ATV/UTV trails, ski trail and snowmobile trail are closed.

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Last revised: Friday May 24 2019