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Northern Highland-American Legion State ForestCurrent conditions


Two heavy snowstorms during Thanksgiving week and weekend dumped lots of snow in the forest. Knee-deep and above seems to be the norm. Misting before the snowstorms provided ample glue, and now the forest looks like a Christmas card! Crews are working ski trails, cutting out downed trees and branches before grooming can begin.

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.

Cross-country ski trail conditions:


The frigid temperatures of the past week have aided the start of ice on many ponds and some lakes. Docks have been pulled for the winter.


Recent snowfall makes seeing and tracking deer easier in the Northern Highlands American Legion State Forest. Songbird and wildlife activity are sparse.


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, South Trout, Cunard, Plum, Sandy Beach and East Star campgrounds are closed for the season.

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

The shower buildings at all campgrounds arel closed for the season. 

Potable water and dump station water is closed.

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: Friday December 06 2019