What to do in Flambeau River State Forest

The Flambeau River State Forest was officially established in 1930. Beginning with 3,600 acres in public ownership, the forest has since grown to include 90,000 acres. Northern hardwood species such as sugar maple, red maple, yellow birch and white ash dominate the forest, which creates a spectacular fall display. As a result of the forest being established as early as 1930 some white pine stands are 300 years old.

The North and South Forks of the Flambeau River combine within the forest to provide over 75 miles of nearly uninterrupted natural beauty and whitewater excitement. The river is a major life force of the forest and along its tree-lined shores one can see white-tailed deer, wolves, raccoon, black bear, otter, bald eagles and ospreys.

The forest is managed for both recreation and lumber producing approximately 300,000 board feet of lumber each year. Scenic areas within the forest include Little Falls / Slough Gundy, Big White Pine, Sobieski Flowage, and Bass Lake, all equally impressive.

Camping at Flambeaqu River State Forest can be found along the shores of two great fishing lakes, Connors Lake at 429 acres and Lake of the Pines at 273 acres. All campsites are first-come, first-served. Mid-size RVs can be accommodated. The park sells firewood on an honor basis.

Hikers and mountain bikers share numerous wide trails. A number of short hikes easily accommodate campers linking them to other park facilities and trails. The park does offer 60 miles of off-road-vehicle and ATV trails that connect to Chequamegon National Forest. A favorite forest trail is the 14-mile Flambeau Hills Trail, which features river views while providing an excellent workout. The Oxbo Trail is designed as the name implies; numerous loop trails branch off one another in the north end of the forest.

Fishing the Flambeau River is world renown. Excellent catches of walleye, muskie and bass await the knowledgeable angler. The popular river is also known as one of the country's finest canoe and whitewater rivers. The lazy North Fork stretch is ideal for families while large boulders create challenging thrills for advanced paddlers running the South Fork stretch. A total of 75 miles of uninterrupted natural beauty and stimulating floating is found along the Flambeau River. The forest offers seven canoe landings and 14 canoe campsites.

In winter, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers dominate the outdoor pleasure including such highlights as annual candlelight skis. Two of the 22 miles of cross-country trails are groomed.

Musky, sturgeon, trout, walleye, bass, and pan fish can be caught from the Flambeau River as well as the pristine lakes in the forest. The entire 87,000-acre forest is open to public hunting for black bear, waterfowl, white-tailed deer, and ruffed grouse.

Recreation
The historic Flambeau River State Forest boasts camping, canoe camping, whitewater paddling, mountain bike trails, hiking trails, snowmobile and cross-country ski trails, scenic lake views, fishing, swimming, hunting, wildlife watching, and more.

Location
The Flambeau River State Forest is located in north central Wisconsin sharing boundaries with the Chequamegon National Forest.

Climate
Northwest Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. Great Lakes Michigan and Superior tend to make summers cooler and winters milder close to shore. January's average temperature is in the single digits F (-teens C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F for several days (32 degrees C). Nighttime summer temperatures occasionally dip below freezing. The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Northwest Region have a wide range; the southern areas may receive 20" while the northern areas may receive in excess of 200". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.

Address
W 1613 County Road
Winter, WI 54896

Phone: 715-332-5271

Email: OlsonDM@dnr.state.wi.us
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