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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions


Most of the State Forest escaped the devastating storms last month. Hikers and forest users may come across a few downed trees and branches. Please use caution when out and about.


Water levels remain high, but inviting for a swim.

There is some dam repair work being done on the High-Fishtrap Dam, so the portage will be rerouted at some time through the summer. The upper parking lot may be closed, however the lower lot will be open for turning around and the boat landing will remain open.


As summer races by, you have to slow down and look closely at the landscape to take advantage of the many changes occurring. Blueberries and raspberries are ripe for the picking. Serviceberry, red berried elder, dogwood and pin cherry are ripening. The lovely lavender of wild bergamot adds to the many yellows of yarrow, trefoil, St. John’s wort and black eyed susan already in bloom. Fireweed, Queen Anne’s lace and milkweed compliment the flower color pallet, with Goldenrod  also starting to bloom.

Many grasses are ripening and cattails are starting to turn brown. Some songbirds are raising second broods. One can still hear hermit thrushes and robins in the late evening. Turkeys are marching their broods along roadsides looking for bugs, and the other mammals are doing a great job of hiding this time of year. Water levels are coming down a little along with the nighttime temperatures. Many monarchs are on the fly. Take the time to observe!


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.

All campgrounds are open. Check-in at the Visitor Stations where required. Resident Managers are on site in the out-lying campgrounds to help campers. Maintenance crews are working on some summer projects throughout the campgrounds.

All shower buildings and dump stations are open.

Visitor stations

Clear Lake and Crystal Lake visitor stations are open daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Nature Center is open daily also. Please check with the visitor stations for summer programing.

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

Last revised: Friday August 02 2019