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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions

The state forest has plenty of snow making survival very hard for the few migrant birds that have started to arrive. Area feeders are getting hit hard by the northern redpolls and siskins that are still here from Canada. The chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays and woodpeckers add sunshine to the recent snowy days. Snowshoes are still a must for any trekking outside unless the upcoming 50 degree temperatures do a quick job of melting the 16+ inches of new snow that fell the past weekend. Only time and Mother Nature will tell us how soon spring actually arrives in the Northwoods.


Cross-country ski trail conditions


South Trout, Cunard, Plum, Starrett, Upper Gresham, Buffalo, Sandy Beach and East Star campgrounds are all closed for the season. Clear Lake is open year-round and the others are open until the snow keeps campers out. Beach erosion control work has been completed at Cunard and Carol lakes, with trees still needing to be planted next spring at the Buffalo Lake campground. Fifteen outhouses are being installed through November. Wells have been drilled and well pads are being poured. Crews have started to remove the 51 docks on the forests area lakes and will continue for the next three weeks.

Facilities open and closed

Trout Lake Forestry Headquarters no longer maintains regular open hours to the public. Crystal Lake Nature Center is closed for the season. All other facilities are open.

All shower buildings and flush toilets are closed for the season. Water has been shut off at the three dump stations, but campers can still dump camper contents with no water to flush systems. Drinking water is available at the front entrance of the Clear Lake Visitor Station.

Visitor station hours

Clear Lake Visitor Station is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. if staff is present. Crystal Lake Visitor Station is open Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Self-registration for camping is set up near the front door at both stations for campers wishing to register during closed hours.

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

Firewood notice: As of June 1, 2014, firewood from more than 10 miles away is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park or Forest properties. Also, firewood that has been in an emerald ash borer quarantined area is not allowed on properties outside of the quarantined area. Please buy firewood at or near the park or forest where you are going. Call the DNR toll-free Firewood Hotline, 1-877-303-WOOD (1-877-303-9663) for information before packing for a trip. For more information, see firewood facts, rules and advice or ask the park or forest office. Maps are available to view the 10-mile radius of allowable firewood on state properties.

Last revised: Monday April 23 2018