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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 until the water recedes and you can cross the boulders and rocks more safely. 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. Drive safely and be aware of new elk calves and deer fawns.

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. 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. Most of the river sites have from 1 to 3 camping units on the sites. 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

Folks are already out enjoying the summer-like weather camping, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing! Our advice is the same to everyone: be prepared with bug repellant and appropriate clothing. It’s that time of the year! The Connors Lake Picnic Area and boat launch will get very busy on hot days. People will be enjoying the 425 foot long beach and abundant picnic tables and grills. The Flambeau River and the surrounding lakes in the State Forest such as: Connors, Lake of the Pines,(walleye, bass, musky, crappies, northern and panfish) Bass Lake (largemouth bass, panfish), Swamp, Pelican, Mason and Evergreen Lakes, are great places to fish. People have been enjoying floating and fishing the North Fork of the Flambeau River.  Fishing activity on the area lakes have also increased.  Folks are out fishing for crappie, bass, bluegills and walleye.

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 equipment, 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

Strawberries are soon to ripen, asparagus is becoming tough, rhubarb is going strong, and  gardens are growing.  Loon chicks are hatching and growing, turtles are starting to lay eggs, songbirds are nesting, and fireflies will soon be coming out. The forest floor is bursting. Geese and ducks are nesting and groups of goslings can be seen and some are sizable already. Grouse are being seen on the trail systems and on the roads.  Songbirds are defending their territories where the females are sitting on the nests and youngsters are appearing. An area resident was lucky to view a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, which are rarely seen in Wisconsin. Robins, Mourning Doves, Yellow Finches, Phoebes, Tree Swallows, House Wrens, Owls, Woodcock, Sandhill Cranes, Swans, Red Breasted Grosbeaks, Orioles, Myrtle’s Warblers, and Scarlet Tanagers in their glory may be enjoyed by all. The list goes on. Moths, butterflies and dragonflies are flittering here and there. Small fish and tadpoles are prevalent along the shoreline of the area lakes.

The horseflies, mosquitoes and ticks are out and ferocious! The deer and elk have been birthing this year’s young. The elk cows are still  making calf scouting moves, looking for a safe and quiet area to have their calves. Bears and their cubs have been seen along the roadsides filling up after the long sleep. Be sure to drive safely as the roads are full of elk calves, deer fawns, bear cubs, birds, and turtles! Take time to go see the splendor that nature offers.

Last revised: Thursday June 13 2019