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Forest County Trails
 

Cross Country Ski Trails

Ed's Lake Trail, Nicolet National Forest: This trail is located on County Highway W between Wabeno and Crandon. The trail is groomed. There is a 2.3 mile loop trail suitable for beginners, with the intermediate trail offering a 2.7 mile loop as well as a 3.5 mile loop.

Nicolet North Trail, Nicolet National Forest: Nicolet North is located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460, then south on 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. There are 13 miles of groomed trails with several loop opportunities.

Anvil Trail, Nicolet National Forest: Anvil Trail is located 8.5 miles east of Eagle River on Highway 70. There are 12 miles of groomed loop trails ranging from gentle, rolling to hilly.

Otter Springs Trail, Forest County Forestry Dept.: This trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon off Highway 8 on Forest Road 2378. This trail has a parking area and ski shelter available. It offers a 1.2 mile loop and .75 mile loop suitable for beginners. The intermediate trail is a 3 mile loop.

Hemlock Lake Ski Trail, Forest County Forestry Dept.: Hemlock Lake Ski trail is located 1 mile east and 4 miles south of Crandon off County Highway W on Hemlock Lake Road. This is a 2 mile loop trail with parking area.

Public Snowmobile Trails

Enjoy snowmobiling in Forest County with over 396 miles of groomed, state-funded trails winding through the Nicolet National Forest in lightly populated communities. All trails link to both casinos and all hospitality businesses in Forest County, providing many pit stops along the trail for food, lodging, and refreshments.

100 Mile Snow Safari Trail: The 100 Mile Snow Safari has approximately 150 miles of marked and groomed trails through the Nicolet National Forest linking all the localities of Forest County. Maps, food, etc., are available at pit stops throughout the system. 

Lumberjack Memorial Trails: The Lumberjack Memorial Trails club grooms and maintains over 90 miles of trails in central and southern Forest County. These trails link to the 100 Miler as well as to the trails in the Lakewood area.

Three Lakes/Brule River Trails: The Three Lakes/Brule River Trail system has over 80 miles of groomed trails in the Nicolet National Forest, linking northern Forest County to Florence, Vilas, and Oneida Counties, as well as upper Michigan trails.

Tombstone-Pickerel Trails: The Tombstone-Pickerel Trails include over 20 miles of groomed trails in southwestern Forest County, with numerous pit stops and resorts, as well as a link to the Langlade County trail system.

Black Bear Sportsmen's Club: The Black Bear Club is Forest County's newest snowmobile club, with over 40 miles of groomed trails, linking the Crandon area north and west to trails in Oneida County. For further information and maps log on to our website at www.forestcountywi.com.

Call the Forest County Snowline for trail conditions (715) 478-2024.

Mountain Biking Trails

NICOLET NATIONAL FOREST - FOREST COUNTY: In addition to designated trails, all logging roads and undesignated/unmarked trails within the Nicolet National Forest are open to mountain bikes unless otherwise posted. Information may be obtained at the local Forest Service office located in Laona. 715-674-4481

Anvil Trail: Anvil Trail is located 8.5 miles east of Eagle River on Highway 70. There are 12 miles of groomed loop options.

Ed's Lake Trail: Ed's Lake Trail is located on County Highway W between Wabeno and Crandon. There are 6 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.

Nicolet North Trail: Nicolet North is located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460, then south on 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. There are 13 miles of groomed trails with several loop opportunities. The Nicolet North Trail connects with the Anvil Trail.

Otter Springs Trail: This trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon off Highway 8 on Forest Road 2378. There are 5 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.

Hiking Trails

Otter Springs Trail: This trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon off Highway 8 on Forest Road 2378. There are 5 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.

Franklin Lake Trail: Located 9 miles east of Eagle River on Highway 70 to Forest Road 2178, then south on 2178 for 3 miles to Forest Road 2181, then east on 2181 for 5 miles to the campground and trailhead. This is a 1 mile interpretive loop trail that takes you through a tamarack swamp, hemlock cathedral and 300-year old white pines.

Hidden Lakes Trail: Use the directions for the Franklin Lake Trail. This is a 4-mile (one way) interpretive trail which begins at Franklin Lake Trail and eventually joins the Luna-White Deer Trail. Discover the molded landscapes of an ice age past, the cycle of seasons and the spiral of ages to come.

Ed's Lake Trail: Ed's Lake Trail is located on County Highway W between Wabeno and Crandon. There are 6 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.

Knowles Creek Interpretive Trail: Located 9.5 miles east of Wabeno on Highway C to Forest Road 3132, south on 3132 for a half mile. This is a one-third mile barrier-free access interpretive trail which follows the north shore of Knowles Creek impoundment. This is also a state designated Watchable Wildlife viewing area.

Halley Creek Bird Trail: Located 5 miles east of Blackwell on Goodman Park Road to Forest Road 2103, then south on 2103 to trailhead. This is a one mile loop trail with bird viewing opportunities in four different habitat types.

Michigan Rapids Trail: Located 3 miles north of Laona on Highway 8 to Forest Road 2131, then east on 2131 for 13 miles to Forest Road 2134, and then 1.5 miles south to the trailhead. This is a 1 mile one-way hike along the Peshtigo River to the rapids. Total trip hike is 2 miles.

Nicolet North Trail: Located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460, then south on 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. There are 13 miles of trail with several loop opportunities. The Nicolet North Trail connects with the Anvil Trail.

Argonne Forest Trail: Located 1.5 miles east of Hiles on Highway 32 to Forest Road 2184, then north on 2184 for 1.5 miles to the trailhead. The self-guided loop trail gives the hiker a chance to learn more about northern hardwoods and forest management. The trail features 17 stops along an easy three-quarters of a mile walk which takes about an hour.

Scott Lake Trail and Shelp Lake Trail: From Hiles head south on Highway 32 to Forest Road 2174, then north on 2174 for 5.5 miles to Forest Road 2183, east on 2183 for 6 miles to the trailheads. The one-third mile Scott Lake Trail is located on the south side of 2183. You can walk among some larger diameter eastern white pines, hemlocks and hardwoods. The boardwalk to Shelp Lake is located on the north side of 2183. This short walk will take you out over a floating bog.

Birding & Nature Trails

Giant White Pine Grove State Natural Area - Three Lakes: 12 miles east. A hiking trail loops around a wetland and through the site and is one of the best examples of mature northern forest. Located in the Forest Service's Headwaters Wilderness Area of 30 acres. Large hemlock, white pines, sugar maple, yellow birch, and basswood trees can be found. Common birds include Blackburnian and Black-throated Blue Warblers, and Pileated Woodpeckers. Directions: From Three Lakes travel east 4.7 miles on Hwy. 32. Then travel 0.6 mile east on Julia Lake Road. Go southeast on Scott Lake Road for 3.1 miles. Finally, take Giant Pine Road northeast 1.6 miles to a parking area west of the road. 608-266-7012 (WI DNR) www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/er/sna

Halley Creek Bird Trail: This one-mile trail is rated with an easy difficulty level. It is flat with some exposed roots and rocks. Directions: Follow Cty. Hwy. H southeast of Laona for 5.5 miles to FR 2136. Turn left and continue 5 miles, looking for Halley Creek Trail signs on the left and gravel access road on the right. At the end of the road, the trailhead and parking area for 3-4 vehicles can be found.

Knowles Creek Impoundment & Interpretive Trail: This 170-acre wetland impoundment is a favorite for wildlife viewers. Open water, marsh, old fields, and forests combine to attract many species including owls, hawks, eagles, loons, and waterfowl. Enjoy a 0.75-mile hiking trail, which has easy access. Directions: Located 9.5 miles east of Wabeno on Highway C to Forest Road 3132, south on 3132 for a half mile. 715-473-2602 www.fs.fed.us/r9/cnnf (US Forest Service)

Laura Lake Walking Trail: This trail, located on Laura Lake, is a 2.25-mile loop. It is of moderate difficulty being uneven and narrow with some exposed rocks and roots. The trailhead is located between the swim area and the boat ramp. Directions: From Laona, follow US Hwy. 8 northeast for 14 miles. Turn left on FR 2163 and drive 5 miles north to Laura Lake Campground. Parking is available for 7 vehicles.

Michigan Rapids Hiking Trail: This hiking trail is of moderate difficulty, being a wide trail with some gentle slopes. In the early spring, some wet areas can be found. Watch for poison ivy at the end of the trail. The trail length is approximately 2 miles that loops around. Directions: From Laona, take US Hwy. 8 north about 3 miles, to FR 2131. Turn right and go east approx. 12 miles to FR 2134. Turn right and travel south 1.5 miles. Look for trailhead sign on left just south of the Peshtigo River crossing at Burnt Bridge. Parking for 3 vehicles available.

Otter Springs Trail: The Otter Springs trail is located on a large area of hardwood forest with scenic view of Otter Springs and Bug Lake. The trail is 8 miles in total length. The beginner's trail is about 0.75 of a mile long located near the graveled parking area. The intermediate trails are hilly and more challenging. The second trail is 1.25 miles in length with hills and curves. The trails are all well marked and groomed. The ski shelter is located between the two intermediate trails. Directions: The trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon, off of Hwy. 8, north on 2378. The trail is entirely on Forest County land and is maintained/developed by Forest County Forestry Dept.

Pickerel Lake Walking & Biking Trail: The Pickerel Lake trail is 2 miles long, however from Hwy. 55, there are 4 miles designated for walking/biking. It is good for easy walking and biking, due to it being paved. Directions: Located 18 miles southwest of Crandon. From Crandon take Hwy. 55, and turn onto Pickerel Lake Road by Hills Still Supper Club. The trail is located next to Pickerel Lake Road.

*Always be prepared for ticks in spring and early summer seasons.

Public ATV Trails

Forest County ATV Trail: The Forest County Forestry Department maintains an eight-mile public ATV trail on County Forest land. This trail is a two-way trail located on old logging roads, which are also open to motorcycles, snowmobilers, hikers, skiers, loggers, and many other recreation enthusiasts. A loading dock is available at the trailhead parking area. Please stay on the trail, follow the brown ATV trail markers, and use caution and appropriate speeds. Driving beyond the borders of the ATV area onto private land is ILLEGAL and may result in permanent trail closure and fines. The Nicolet National Forest is closed to ATV use. Use of this trail is a privilege. Please respect the rights of neighboring landowners and other trail users.

Town Roads: Many towns have opened their town roads to ATV use. Contact local town officials to determine which roads are open and legal to ride. As a general rule, if the road is not signed as an ATV route, then it is not legal to ride on with your ATV.

The Nicolet State Trail: The Nicolet State Trail is open for ATV, UTV, and Dual Sport motorcycle use. This 32 mile, state-funded snowmobile/ATV trail is located in eastern Forest County on an abandoned railroad corridor. Begining in Carter in southern Forest County, it continues north to the Forest/Florence County line, then continues through Florence County and connects with a railroad corridor in Upper Michigan. Please stay on the railroad corridor! You may only use roads that are legally marked as ATV routes to leave the corridor.
 
Wolf River State Trail:  The Wolf River State Trail is located in central and southern Forest County connecting from Crandon south to Langlade County. There are 15 miles of year round multi-use trail in Forest County that is open to hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATV, UTV, Dual Sport motorcycles, and snowmobiling. The trail is an abandoned railroad corridor that has been surfaced with gravel and provides scenic views of Lake Metonga and forest land. You may only use roads that are legally marked as ATV routes to leave the corridor.
 
The Nicolet and Wolf River Trails are the ONLY snowmobile trails in Forest County that are open to ATV,UTV, and dual sport motorcycles year round.

For further trail information, contact the Forest County Forestry Department at (715) 478-3475.

Canoe Trails

Brule River - Forest County: Put-in below Brule Lake Dam. Take-out at Highway 139 Bridge. Length - 18 miles. Water should be medium high. Two rapids. USDA Forest Service campground two miles east of Nelma.

Peshtigo River - Forest and Marinette Counties: 1. Put-in at Big Joe Canoe Landing and float to the CCC Bridge for 7.5 miles. This is a nice stretch of quiet water which is good for the novice or families. 2. Put-in at the CCC Bridge and float to Burnt Bridge for 9.5 miles. This stretch is for intermediate canoeists. There are several rocky stretches with rapids. 3. Put-in at Burnt Bridge and float to Burton Wells for 5.75 miles. This stretch contains Class II, III, and IV rapids. There is one portage around Michigan Rapids. 4. Put-in at Burton Wells and float 6.25 miles to Goodman Park. This stretch contains Class II, III, and IV rapids. There is one mandatory portage around the falls.

Pine River - Forest and Florence Counties: 1. Put-in at FS Road 2182 near Haystack Corners. Take-out at FS Road 2168. Length - 20 miles. Slow, winding up to Highway 55. Faster with a few difficult rapids after Highway 55. Good trout fishing. 2. Put-in at FS Road 2168 to Chipmunk Rapids. Length - 18 miles. Excellent trout fishing. Several rapids. Portage around a dam. Picnic area at Highway 139. Camping area at Stevens Creek and Chipmunk Rapids. Some boulders.

Popple River - Forest County: Put-in at Highway 55 ten miles north of Argonne. Take-out at the Town of Popple River. Water must be high. Two underdeveloped campsites on the route. Brook and brown trout fishing. Very secluded area. One portage, few rapids.

Wabikon & Riley Lakes Canoeing Path: 6 miles east of Crandon. Aquatic birds such as Osprey and Great Blue Heron live among these lakes. In the hemlock forest, on a peninsula on the west shore, sightings of birds such as the Nashville Warbler can emerge. Wild rice can also be found on these lakes. A stream on the south end leads to Riley Lake, an undeveloped and shallow lake. From there you can paddle the Indian River on the south end upstream to Indian Springs, another marsh community with spring ponds. You can also fish for brook trout on the Indian River and in the springs. Directions: This 1,000-acre site is best traveled by canoe. From Crandon, travel east 5.5 miles on Hwy. 8/32. Turn south on Potowatomi Trail, to find the boat landing 0.2 of a mile down on the south side of the road.

Wolf River - Forest and Oneida Counties: 1. Put-in at Pine Lake. Take-out at Little Rice Lake Dam. Length - 10 miles. Small stream, water should be medium high. There are a few riffle rapids and occasional beaver dams. Eagle, deer and small mammals are common sights. Secluded area. 2. Put-in at Little Rice Dam. Take-out at Highway B Bridge. Length - 15 miles. Small winding stream. Water should be medium high. Numerous beaver dams, wild rice beds, railroad artifacts, rocky shallows. Very secluded.

Auto Tours

Rustic Road 34: Located in Forest County. From the Village of Alvin, follows portions of Lakeview Drive, Carey Dam Road and Fishel Road to WIS 70. The route is 8.8 miles in length and the surface is paved and gravel in portions. Located in the Nicolet National Forest, this scenic route includes the Old North Road, the very first road in the Town of Alvin and one which has changed very little over the years. The road leads through a heavily wooded area, including a 50-year-old pine plantation, abundant with wildlife and ideal for hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling.

The Heritage Drive National Forest Scenic Byway: The Byway incorporates a 10-mile section of Military Road (Forest Road 2178) and 4 miles of Butternut Lake Road (Forest Road 2181). A tabloid-styled interpretive guide and special byway signs help visitors learn more about the Nicolet's rich cultural history.

The Nicolet National Forest Auto Tour of Forest and Vilas Counties: A self-guided natural history auto tour beginning in Eagle River and ending in Three Lakes. The 80-mile tour takes about 4 hours to complete. There are two developed picnic areas along the route, including one at Franklin Lake. There are 12 designated stops on the tour. Two stops feature short walking trails and one stop is a museum. The tour helps you better understand the meaning of multiple use, while taking a leisurely drive through the Nicolet National Forest. For further information or brochures, check out the website for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest at www.fs.fed.us.




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05-03-2014
3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Party to benefit the Forest County Humane Society, Pack 'Em Inn, Crandon

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05-03-2014 ... 05-03-2014
Colors of Cancer 5K Run Walk, 10 am, Crandon Raceway, Crandon

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05-24-2014 ... 05-25-2014
Wabeno K-9 Community Benefit and Book Sale, Firefighters Park, Wabeno

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05-25-2014
Cavour Lions Club Trap Shoot, Mudslingers, Cavour

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05-26-2014
Memorial Day Service, Main Street, Wabeno

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05-26-2014
Memorial Day Observance Ceremony and Lunch, Hiles

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05-26-2014
Marine Corps League Cookout Fundraiser, Main Street, Wabeno

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06-06-2014 ... 06-08-2014
Dual Sports Riders Ride for Research, Wabeno Fairgrounds, Wabeno

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06-11-2014
Crandon Water Shows 2014 Season Begins, 6:30 pm, Lake Lucerne at Water's Edge Lodge, Crandon

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06-14-2014
Wheel’N N Deal’N Bicycle Poker Run, Relay For Life Fundraiser, Downtown Crandon

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06-14-2014
Forest Co. ATV & LMT Snowmobile Club Fundraiser, Firefighters Park, Wabeno

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06-15-2014
Strawberry Moon Pow Wow, Mole Lake

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06-20-2014
Camp 5 Lumberjack Steam Train 2014 Season Begins, Camp 5 Museum, Laona

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06-20-2014
4th Annual Shank Open Golf Tournament, 10 am, Nicolet Country Club, Laona

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