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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions


As the fall color reaches its peak on the NHAL, the wind and rain is trying to make it disappear.  The damp cloudy days really saturate the color and vivid reds and oranges just seem to pop out.  It will be great color for this weekend no matter what the weather.

White pine are dropping some of their yellow needles and many tamarack needles have already dropped. Turkeys can still be seen looking for bugs along road sides, but are less numerous as hunting seasons progress. Many ground feeding migrating birds can also be seen along the roads as well, if one slows down enough to look!


Water levels are still very high this fall. Boat landing crews will soon start to remove docks. Swim buoys have been removed.


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 and Plum Lake campgrounds are closed for the season. The others remain open until at least October 9, with resident managers still on duty.

Shower buildings and dump stations will remain open until Columbus Day and then will be winterized.

Visitor station hours

The Clear Lake and Crystal Lake visitor stations are open daily; hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. Self-registration for camping is set up near the front door at both stations for campers registering during closed hours. Stations may be occasionally closed due to lack of staffing. 

The Nature Center is closed for the season.

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

Last revised: Wednesday October 03 2018