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For more information about the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, contact:
For camping and recreation questions:
Clear Lake Visitor Station
8282 Woodruff Road
Woodruff, WI 54568

Crystal Lake Visitor Station
3237 Crystal Lake Road
Boulder Junction, WI 54512

Rosy Richter
Visitor services associate

Tom Shockley
Forestry team leader
715-356-5211 ext. 259

Craig Dalton
Property manager
715-356-5211 ext. 258

Wisconsin State Parks and ForestsNorthern Highland-American Legion State Forest

NHAL State Forest

Reserve campsites at Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.

COVID-19 Update

Wisconsin state park system properties are operating 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Most campgrounds are open with special conditions.

An annual park sticker or trail pass is required to visit state parks and trails. Buy before you go: annual and daily passes are NOT available for purchase at individual properties.

Office buildings, visitor centers, observation towers, shelters and playgrounds remain closed. For more information, please see:

Properties may be limiting admission based on capacity. Please make sure to seek out current property information on our website before visiting:

Established in 1925 to protect the headwaters of the Wisconsin, Flambeau and Manitowish rivers, the Northern Highland-American Legion (NHAL) State Forest occupies more than 232,000 acres in northern Wisconsin. The forest provides employment and economic support to rural and urban communities through the production of forest products, recreation and tourism.

Property info


The Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest is located in Vilas, Oneida and Iron counties, in heart of the Northwoods near the cities of Woodruff and Minocqua. It is approximately four hours northeast of Minneapolis and four hours north of Madison.


The forest is spread out across three counties. For directions to the individual campgrounds, please see camping information.

Directions to NHAL visitor stations:
Clear Lake Visitor Station: From the intersection of highways 51 and 47 in Woodruff, follow Highway 47 south 3.5 miles, turn left on Woodruff Road and the Clear Lake entrance will be on the right.

Crystal Lake Visitor Station: From the intersection of highways 51 and 47 in Woodruff, travel Highway 51 north 6.2 miles to Highway M. Turn right on Highway M and drive 2.7 miles to Highway N. Turn right on Highway N and travel 2 miles, the Crystal Lake Visitor Station entrance is on the left.


A vehicle admission sticker is required for all family campgrounds and posted fee beach and picnic areas. A trail pass is required for all groomed cross-country ski trails and mountain bike trails. Hunting and fishing licenses apply. Camping fees [PDF] are updated annually.

Certain groups and individuals may be eligible for waivers on vehicle admission, trail pass or camping fees.

Volunteer campground host openings

The NHAL is looking for campground hosts to set an example by being a model camper, assist and inform campers of regulations, help keep the campground presentable, assist with nature center programs and assist visitors with campfire wood bin procedures. If interested in this volunteer position, please call Beth Feind (715-614-5120) or Nikki Kloes (715-614-0281).

Management and business

Master plan

The NHAL master plan was approved by the Natural Resources Board in 2005 and amended in 2017 to meet the public’s changing recreation needs.

Check the  NHAL State Forest ATV/UTV Planning website to follow ATV/UTV Route planning efforts and use the interactive map to see planned routes. The website will be updated as new routes and trails are planned and opened.  

Annual Property Implementation Plans

Implementation plans are posted every year in March and contain:

  • major planned and scheduled forest and habitat management treatments;
  • recreation and infrastructure development projects; and
  • other property management actions.

Minor adjustments to the initial Implementation Plan for Motorized Access for Fall Hunting are included in the 2019 Annual Property Implementation Plan.

Planning documents

Public involvement

Public involvement in state forest management, operations and monitoring is part of sustainable forestry. We seek public involvement because we believe people, communities, organizations and businesses realize the potential public benefits of state forests and are willing to work to further the goals of sustainable forestry.

Timber sale program

The state forests are managed sustainably for multiple uses. Active timber management is a part of that overall effort on many parts of each forest. Timber sales are advertised for sale typically from one to three times annually, depending on the size of the forest.

Last Revised: Monday May 18 2020