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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions


Area trails are in great condition for fall. The Escanaba/Pallette Lake Trail parking lots are currently closed due to logging operations. Portions of the trail are still open, but hikers should use extreme caution. Signs are posted marking the closures.


Fall water levels are still very high due to recent heavy rains. This has placed some stress on shoreline trees, so folks are getting some early color splashes this year.


The taste of what is to come has been experienced by northerners the past couple of weeks with cool nights and some dry days. Fall colors have come early to the stressed out trees in swamps and high water areas. Powel Marsh to Frog Lake Natural Area on Highway 47 has some of the best color at the moment.

Goldenrod and the many asters are the predominant flowers left blooming as other plants go to seed and die off. Grasses and ferns are turning yellow and brown as they ripen and start to store energy for next year. Turkeys and crows are working the roadsides looking for bugs, seeds and whatever catches their interest. Bucks have lost their velvet, but a few fawns still have faint spots. Hummingbirds have headed south along with some of the warblers. Northern Flickers are also working the roadsides as they make their way south. There is still plenty of cover to challenge the fall hunter. Mushrooms are loving the wet summer and fall with many varieties popping up on the trees and ground. A few monarch and pink lady butterflies enjoyed the past few warm days by gracing area flowers. It is a great time to be out and about.


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.

South Trout, Cunard and Plum Lake campgrounds are closed for the season.

Starrett, Upper Gresham, Buffalo, Sandy Beach and East Star will close October 15.  Resident Managers are still on site at many of the open outlying campgrounds until October 15.

Maintenance crews are working on fall improvement projects, hazard trees are being marked and cut, and vault toilet pumping has started.

The shower building at the Clear Lake Campground will close for the season on September 30 for repairs.  Musky showers will close October 7, with Crystal and Firefly showers closing at noon on October 14. 

Potable water and dump station water close-down will take place shortly after October 14, with freezing weather prompting possible earlier closure.

Visitor stations

Clear Lake Station is open Saturday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. most Fridays. Crystal Lake Station is open Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through the Columbus Day holiday. Hours at both stations will change after Columbus Day. Customers are urged to call if they have questions.

The Nature Center is closed for the season.

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

Last revised: Wednesday October 02 2019