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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions


All lakes are ice free, except for possibly Trout Lake, and water levels are very high due to the snow melt and recent heavy rains. Forest crews have so far installed 18 of the 31 docks they are responsible for placing in lakes.


The forest is slowly trying to awaken to spring. Red maples are blooming, pussy willows are ripening and the ice is finally off the lakes, with just a few snow piles in the extremely shaded areas. All the migrants are returning to the Northwoods except for the hummingbirds at this point. They must know that there is not much out there for them to eat! Water everywhere is still the theme of the week, with more coming. Trails will be soggy. It is a great time of the year to pick up litter and recyclables before the grass and understory cover them up. A random act of kindness goes a long way.


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.

Starrett, Upper Gresham and Buffalo campgrounds are open for the season.

South Trout, Cunard, Plum, Sandy Beach and East Star open Monday, May 20.  South Trout campground will be open for boat trailer parking through May 15 to alleviate crowding at South Trout boat landing, but no camping is allowed until May 20.

Clear, Crystal, Firefly, Muskellunge, Indian Mounds, Carrol, Razorback, West Star, North Trout and Big Lake are all open for camping. Self-registration is available for the outlying campgrounds and in front of the visitor stations. Musky shower building is the only shower facility open. The other three are in the midst of shower refinishing work and will be opened as work is completed.

Clear, Crystal and North Trout dump stations are all open and functional.  All vault toilets have been deep cleaned in all the campgrounds.  About half of the campgrounds have been cleared of leaves and debris.

Visitor station hours

Clear Lake Visitor Station is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Crystal Lake Visitor Station is open Wednesdays and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Hours and days will gradually increase until May 22, when both stations will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Self-registration for camping is available at the front entrance for both stations.

The Nature Center will open on May 25 for the summer.

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

Last revised: Friday May 10 2019