Whisker Lake Wilderness


Located in the Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin.

The Whisker Lake Wilderness area was designated a Wilderness on October 2, 1978, when President Carter signed Public Law 95-494.

The 7,500 acre tract is located 11 miles west of Florence, Wisconsin, on the Michigan-Wisconsin border. This area got its name from the large pines near the shoreline of Whisker Lake. Old timers called these pines "chin whiskers". These "chin whiskers" somehow escaped being burned by wildfires that ravaged the area after it was railroad-logged in the early 1900's.

The main features of the area include six small lakes, three streams, and the Brule River on the northern boundary. Topography ranges from rolling upland to beaver flooded wetlands.

Trout fishing is available at Riley Lake, Edith Lake, Wakefield Creek and the Brule River. You may also camp, hike, hunt, ski, pick berries, or observe and photograph nature.

For more information contact: The Nicolet National Forest

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 25 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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