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Flambeau River State ForestCurrent conditions

Boat landing closures: The Sportsman’s boat landing on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage and Robinson's boat landing on the Flambeau River will be closed September 4 through November 2018 due to Xcel Energy constructing a new dike for the Turtle-Flambeau Dam. Boaters may access alternate boat ramps on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, including the Springstead, Fisherman’s or Murrays landings.


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. There are 4 logging sales at this time on the Flambeau River State Forest.  Be aware of large logging trucks on the roads. There is a segment on the Tuscobia Trail system, north of the Forest that is closed and a detour has been put in place..  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

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 and explore the flora and fauna of the area. New to the campground is a 50 foot ADA accessible fishing pier.

Connors Lake Campground 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.

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.

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. Fall fishing  on the Forest is in full swing.  The landings are busy with people enjoying the cooler temps and bug free fishing. Sturgeon fishing on the North Fork of the Flambeau closed Sept. 30 (check regulations). 

The Flambeau River water level is high and running fast.  Be sure to follow river safety tips when on the river.  Robinson Landing, just below the Turtle Dam is closed for the season due to construction upstream. River Safety Tips:  Stay off and away from the river when it is high or running 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.


October is falling leaves month.  Loons begin to leave lakes, tamaracks turn yellow, and the first frost hits.  The Flambeau has already had 2 frosts. We are just past peak colors, but those marvelous golds, yellows, oranges and that splash of red are just lovely . With the weather forecast of rain and wind, we’ll see how long we can keep these glorious colors.  Many migrant birds are currently moving through the area.  Cranberries are soon to ripen and ferns are all brown due to the frost.  The apple harvest is slowing down and only the spoiled tomatoes are still in the garden. Time to prepare the gardens for winter dormancy.   Acorns and hickory nuts are falling.  The deer and the elk have been busy grazing.   Grouse, fall turkey and archery hunters are out in force. We hear conflicting reports from all. There are five 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. 

bugeling elk

Bull elk are forming harems and are bugling.


Last revised: Wednesday October 10 2018