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Flambeau River State ForestCurrent conditions

Aerial photo of Little Falls on the Flambeau River

Little Falls, photo © Jim Kuchler.


The ATV/UTV trail system is in good condition on the Flambeau River State Forest. By July 23 there will be two logging sales beginning on the Flambeau ATV trail so we caution riders to be aware of the signage indicating heavy equipment use on trails. There is a segment on the Tuscobia Trail system, north of the Forest that is closed and a detour has been put in place. A construction detour east of Winter will be in place starting on July 9 and will be in effect until August 15.  Drive the trails with caution.

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. Soil conditions may limit trail mowing, so check with the forest headquarters for trail conditions. Trails are not designed for high-speed travel.

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, 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. Come hike with us!

The Flambeau River State Forest ATV/UTV trail is a 40 mile segment of trail that runs north from Fisherman's Landing to junctions with the Tuscobia State Trail and the Dead Horse Run, combining nearly 160 miles of continuous ATV/UTV trail. Trails are open for use and in good shape.


Coming events to the Flambeau River State Forest.

Campground conditions

Lake of the Pines 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 flora and fauna of the area. Lake of the Pines Campground has 6 sites available for first come first serve, the rest of the sites are reserve able.

Connors Lake Campground is open for reservations. Connors Lake has 4 reservable 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. Both campgrounds offer a wonderful camping experience. If you are interested in reserving campsites, go online at [exit DNR] or call 1-888-947-2757.

Swimming, boating and fishing conditions

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

The Flambeau River state Forest operates and diligently maintains 14 river sites and 7 landings on the Flambeau River. A few of these camp sites are under water. When traveling down-stream, be aware that you may have to move on to a dryer camp site as you paddle south. These river sites have up to 3 camping units at each river site. The sites include a picnic table, fire ring, and toilet facilities. We also have 3 group sites in operation. Connors Picnic Area and boat launch are busier on those hot sunny days and people are enjoying the 425 foot beach, grills and picnic tables.  The pavilion is reserve able for parties and reunions  If you need more information about the FRSF, call us at 715-332-5271 ext.111 or email us at: . Check your tackle and poles, buy some bait and a fishing license and visit the Flambeau!


Mid July already.  We’re halfway through the Summer Moon on the phenological calendar. Easy access of blueberries and raspberries is dwindling. Monarch butterflies are coming out in force it seems.  Butterfly chrysalises, if you look closely, can be found attached to firm vegetation.  If you want to attract butterflies be sure to plant pussy willows, lilacs, blueberries, phlox, butterfly weed, marigolds, or zinnias plus there are lots of other plants that provide food for butterfly’s throughout the season. The forest is very fragrant if you are near an opening with milkweed blooming or near a northern hardwood stand where the basswood trees are blooming.   This is the time of year you see lots of yellows, whites and purples with the forest edge and roadsides bursting with blooms.  Horse flies and mosquitoes are out so be prepared.  The dragonflies are filling up on those pesky mosquitoes, though not many dragonflies are being seen this year.  The deer and elk have been busy grazing on green shoots and this year’s youngsters are gallivanting around like teenagers chasing each other.  Cow and calf groups and young bulls have been seen often on some of the main roads.  Our biggest bull elk in the area has been seen as a 6x6 with his antlers extended way beyond.  They are so majestic. 

Be sure to drive safely as the roads are full of elk calves, deer fawns, bear and cubs, birds, and turtles.  Take time and quietly go out and see the splendor that nature offers.  Have a good rest of the week and weekend!

Firewood notice: As of June 1, 2014, firewood from more than 10 miles away is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park or Forest properties. Also, firewood that has been in an emerald ash borer quarantined area is not allowed on properties outside of the quarantined area. Please buy firewood at or near the park or forest where you are going. Call the DNR toll-free Firewood Hotline, 1-877-303-WOOD (1-877-303-9663) for information before packing for a trip. For more information, see firewood facts, rules and advice or ask the park or forest office. Maps are available to view the 10-mile radius of allowable firewood on state properties.

Last revised: Thursday July 19 2018