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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions


A couple to several inches of snow blanket the state forest.  Winter has its grips on the landscape.  Swamps are slowly freezing and lake ice is getting thicker.  Pine grosbeaks are being seen along roadsides feeding and grouse are budding in the trees.  It is quite time for the observer before the trails for winter use open up.  Enjoy the silence.


Lakes are ice-covered and ice anglers are out.


There is not enough snow yet to groom cross-country ski trails. Snowmobile trails are not open yet.


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.

Cunard, South Trout, Plum Lake, Sandy Beach, East Star, Starrett, Upper Gresham and Buffalo Lake campgrounds are all closed for the season.  Crystal, Musky, Firefly, Indian Mounds, Carrol, Razorback, West Star, North Trout and Big Lake are all open with self-registration  at most until the snow closes them.  Clear Lake remains open year around.

The shower facilities have all been closed for the season.  Dump stations are still open for dumping, but there is no water for flushing.  Drinking water is available at the front of the Clear Lake Visitor Station.

Visitor station hours

Clear Lake Visitor Station is open six days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on most Sundays.  Crystal Lake Visitor Station is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Self-registration for camping is available at the front entrance for both stations.

The Nature Center is closed for the season.

Phone numbers
Crystal Lake: 715-542-3923
Clear Lake: 715-356-3668.

Last revised: Friday December 07 2018