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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions


Water levels are very high in area lakes, so boaters please use caution. Water temperatures are great for swimming.


All campgrounds are open. Hosts and resident managers are on site. 

Facilities open and closed

Trout Lake Forestry Headquarters no longer maintains regular open hours. The Crystal Lake and Clear Lake visitor stations are both open 7 days a week. Not all the solar panels are functional, but propane is set up as a backup.


Many flowers are gracing us with their wonderful colors. The lavenders of bergamot and fireweed are mixing in with the black-eyed susans, compass plants, trefoil, yarrow and queen ann’s lace.  Blueberries and raspberries are there for the picking if you know where to look! Many juvenile songbirds are just as big as their parents, but are still begging for food. Bucks in velvet can be seen here and there if you are lucky, and bear cubs are as rambunctious as ever! A yipping coyote may wake a camper up in the wee hours of the morning, or possibly a robin or hermit thrush getting the first or last word of the day. Water temperatures are great for swimming and all other water related activities, and don’t forget the bug repellent!

Visitor station hours

Both the Clear Lake and Crystal Lake visitor stations are open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Self-registration for camping is set up near the front door at both stations for campers registering 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: Thursday July 19 2018