The Phillips area is your destination for a true Northwoods vacation! Located in Price County, the area is home to a variety of natural resources and other recreational opportunities.
Our area offers a full range of recreational activities including kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals, golf, indoor community swimming pool, excellent camping facilities, breathtaking snowmobile, cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails, mountain bike and ATV trails, and scenic walking and hiking trails.
The Phillips area also provides a wonderful array of accommodations including motel rooms, vacation homes and cabin rentals, lakeside resorts and lodges both in town and lakefront.
Natural resources abound! There are over a million acres of national, state, and county forests surrounding the area for public hunting, fishing and recreations. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, covering about 858,400 acres in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Taylor and Vilas counties. Our area holds some of the best public hunting lands in the state with over 300,000 acres of public forest lands. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Flambeau River State Forest and Price County Forest together form a vast wilderness area that supports an excellent population of Northwoods wildlife.
The Phillips Chain of Lakes offers trophy fishing; roaming our waters are walleye, musky, northern pike, perch, black crappie, large and small mouth bass, trout and pan fish. In September, you’ll even have the unique opportunity to fish for sturgeon. 18,000 acres of water, including 174 lakes, several trout streams, three major rivers including the Elk River, Flambeau Rivers and the Jump Rivers, provide the perfect setting for those that want to fish, flat water paddle, or whitewater canoe and kayak.
Over 550 miles of perfectly groomed snowmobile trails which are well known as some of the most scenic and best maintained trails in Wisconsin. Opportunities include trails through Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the Tuscobia State Trail from Park Falls to Rice Lake, the Pine Line Rail Trail from Prentice to Medford, including a side trip to the highest geographical point in Wisconsin – Timm’s Hill, and numerous connecting trails. Quality food, lodging and services are trailside making Price County the perfect snowmobile destination!
Special Report: Wisconsin State Campgrounds Opening June 6th
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will reopen state campgrounds on Wednesday, June 10 with special conditions to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. In a press release Thursday, the DNR announced some of the changes that campers and park visitors will experience beginning June 10, including:
- Automatic touchless check-in.
- New signs to educate visitors on recreating responsibly.
- Park offices will remain closed to the public.
- Camping reservations will be accepted by phone (1-888-947-2757) and online only to eliminate face to face interaction with DNR staff.
- Same-day camping reservations are also now available by phone (1-888-947-2757) and the online reservation system.
- Check-in is no longer necessary at the office or visitor station when coming to a property. Please proceed directly to your campsite and begin setup. Property staff will visit sites to monitor occupancy.
- Campers should note that Rock Island State Park remains closed through June 30. The Washington Island Ferry Line has also currently suspended all trips to and from Rock Island.
- Camping reservations for June 8 or 9 will be canceled and refunded; if reservations for a longer stay begin on June 8/9 and extend beyond June 10 your arrival will automatically be adjusted to June 10.
GROUP CAMPING, SHELTER, AND AMPHITHEATERS
- Group camping, shelters, and amphitheaters will be closed through June 30.
- All reservation holders will be contacted and provided a full refund.
RESTROOMS AND BUILDINGS
- Most restrooms at state properties are now open.
- Some remote water fountains may be closed in the day use area of the park or have the bubbler turned off and have access to the water spigot only.
- All other facilities will remain closed, including towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, contact stations, and concessions.
- Equipment rentals are unavailable at this time.
- Firewood is not available at state parks at this time and should be purchased before campers arrive.
- Campers are reminded that certified firewood that has been properly heat-treated or aged to kill any infesting pests or diseases to protect Wisconsin's trees must be purchased within 10 miles of their camping location
- Annual park stickers and trail passes are required to visit state parks and trails.
- Annual stickers are available for purchase online or with credit card by phone 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. seven days a week by calling toll free: 1-888-305-0398.
- Annual trail and daily passes are NOT available for purchase at individual properties. Visitors must have an annual admission sticker adhered to their vehicle or proof of purchase for entry.
- Once proof of purchase is shown, visitors must place proof of purchase on the dash of the windshield while parked within the boundary of the property.
- The 2020 annual vehicle admission sticker is valid through Dec. 31, 2020.
- Annual state trail pass is required for anyone age 16 or older biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding or in-line skating on certain trails. A state trail pass is NOT required for walking or hiking. The annual trail passes are valid through Dec. 31 of the year they are issued.
CAPACITY AND CLOSURES
- Due to high demand, many properties will likely reach their pre-determined capacity limits. When this happens, properties will close until existing visitors leave, and capacity is reduced.
- Visitors are encouraged to explore other DNR recreation areas or visit during non-peak hours before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
- The following State Natural Areas remain closed: Pewits Nest, Parfrey's Glen, Dells of the Wisconsin River, Gibraltar Rock.
- Popular attractions within state parks, including beaches, where social distancing cannot be achieved may close as needed.
- All events and special event permits are canceled through June 30.
- Volunteer activities will also follow the Bounce Back Plan and be permitted on a case-by-case basis depending on group size and whether the activity can be done maintaining 6 feet of space between volunteers.
The DNR urges state park visitors to do their part when visiting DNR properties. Most Wisconsin state parks, forests and other day-use areas do not have garbage or recycling bins. People are asked to take their garbage and recyclables home with them.
"Following the Leave No Trace principles helps protect the land for generations to come. Fight the Bite! Ticks are out, and visitors should take precautions to prevent Lyme Disease," said the press release.
Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing of 6 feet, refrain from congregating in large groups, travel only within your home communities and follow all existing state park rules and guidelines. Visitors are also encouraged to wear masks in situations where social distancing is difficult.