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Contact information
For information on the variance to the FRSF master plan, contact:
Chris Bender
Forestry Specialist

Anne Reis
Wildlife Biologist

Mitch Horrie
Property Planner

Hunter Yurt Proposed on Flambeau River State Forest

The Flambeau River State Forest Master Plan was approved by the Natural Resources Board in 2010 and has undergone several amendments to meet the public’s shifting recreation needs and preferences. This master plan variance will authorize the development of a yurt available for year-round overnight camping. The yurt will support the department’s mission to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters in the state while simultaneously addressing shifting generational trends and preferences for hunting and camping experiences.

Read the 2019 Yurt Variance [PDF]

Planning Update

Based on public comments received, further review of the property’s 2010 master plan [PDF], and additional site visits, the DNR project team evaluated the suitability of alternative locations for the hunter yurt that would offer improved accessibility and more cost effective development and operation.

The project team determined that an area authorized for the development of an ADA accessible cabin in the property’s 2010 master plan is best suited for the hunter yurt. Please refer to Map 2.23 [PDF] of the 2010 Flambeau River State Forest Master Plan. The proposed handicap accessible cabin depicted on the map is the approximate area where the hunter yurt will be located.

The preferred location for the hunter yurt was formerly a residential parcel. The site is served by a municipally maintained road that will provide access for users and department staff. Proximity to the municipal road and the prior development of the site will result in improved accessibility and the need for fewer resources to construct, maintain and manage the yurt compared to the location proposed in the draft variance. Moreover, the preferred alternative site maintains the project vision of providing a remote overnight camping experience for hunters during the hunting seasons and other visitors during the rest of the year.

The proposed location, design, use and amenities of the yurt are consistent with the 2010 Flambeau River State Forest Master Plan. The plan authorizes an ADA cabin site of a Type 4 Setting (page 131 of the 2010 master plan) in the property’s Scenic Management Area (Area 18). According to Wisconsin state code, a yurt is a camping cabin. Consequently, a master plan variance is not required to authorize construction of a yurt in this area.

Please refer to page 134 of the 2010 Flambeau River State Forest Master Plan for the management objective authorizing the construction of a cabin on the north fork of the Flambeau River.

If you have additional questions, please contact Mitch Horrie, DNR Property Planner, at 608-266-2698 or

Other Documents

2010 Flambeau River State Forest master plan [PDF]

Contact Information

For information on the variance to the Flambeau River State Forest master plan, contact:

Chris Bender (for property questions)
Forestry Specialist


Anne Reis (for project vision questions)
Wildlife Biologist


Mitch Horrie (for planning process questions)
Property Planner

Last revised: Friday September 13 2019