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    NEWS RELEASE: From Forestry Technician Adv./Visitor Services – Flambeau River State Forest
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

    Hiking Trails:  Lake of the Pines Nature Trail, Little Falls/Slough Gundy Scenic Area, Sobieski Wildlife Area and Bass Lake Wilderness Area are just to name a few of the trails in the Forest.   Some of these trails can be a real challenge. All the trails are usable but you definitely need high water boots.   Be sure to bring a compass, just in case you get turned around.  If you choose to go to Lake of the Pines Nature trail or Little Falls/Slough Gundy Scenic Area, there are map containers on the entrance posts of the trails, just grab a map.  When hiking Lake of the Pines, you can enter this trail at Lake of the Pines Landing or across from the registration station for the campground.  The trail runs along the bluffs on the west bank of Lake of the Pines and into some rolling hills loaded with large white pines and hemlocks. This trail takes you past an ephemeral pond that is filled with croaking and peeping frogs.  This pond is about 1/10th of an acre in size and is located at DM Lat. 45 47.1888855: DM Long. Of 90 42.421156.  Well worth exploring.  When hiking Little Falls/Slough Gundy be sure to read the signs carefully. We suggest not traversing the Slough Gundy portion of the trail system as it is very dangerous with fast moving ice and water.  After spring thaw and receding water levels you can cross to Slough Gundy.  Once across the river bed just follow the path and you will see some large white pines, cedars, hemlocks and also some unusual rock formations.  There are cliffs on the north end of Slough Gundy, so be cautious.  These are just a couple of the many unique and wonderful places here on the Flambeau River State Forest. 

    Hunter Walking Trails:   Stop in at the Flambeau River State Forest Headquarters and we have maps available for the Hunter Walking Trails. 

    Campground Conditions: 

      Lake of the Pines Campground: is open and is a very beautiful rustic, quiet and well maintained campground.  It is located on a bluff overlooking Lake of the Pines.  Many of the sites    are on the lake side where you can watch the early morning sunrise.  It has a very nice nature trail connected to the campgrounds where you can hike and explore the area. Lake of the    Pines Campground has 6 sites available for first come first serve, the rest of the sites are reservable. New to the campground is a 50 ft. ADA accessible fishing pier for your enjoyment.

    Connors Lake Campground: has 4 reservable electric sites, the rest are non-electric. A number of the sites at Connors Lake Campground are located directly on Connors Lake and are also very well maintained.  Both campgrounds offer a wonderful camping experience. Connors Lake Campground will be open Thursday noon on the 23rd of May for Memorial Day Weekend. Be sure to reserve a site.  If you are interested in reserving sites for 2019,  Lake of the Pines campground and Connors Lake Campground can be reserved by going on line: https://wisconsin.goingtocamp.com/ or calling 1-888-947-2757 to register.  Both campgrounds are little gems so think “camping”!

    Flambeau River Campsites are located along the North fork of the Flambeau River in the State Forest.  This area includes 7 landings and 14 river sites that are diligently maintained. These river sites have up to 1, 2 or 3 camping units at each river site.  The sites include a picnic table, fire ring, and toilet facilities.  We also have 3 group sites in operation. All river sites are free to the public but must be accessed only by watercraft from the river. 

    Boating and Fishing conditions

    The Flambeau River and the surrounding lakes in the State Forest such as: Connors, Lake of the Pines,(walleye, bass, musky, crappies, northern and panfish) Bass Lake (largemouth bass, panfish), Swamp, Pelican, Mason and Evergreen Lakes, are great places to fish. The North and South Fork of the Flambeau has seen some sporadic fishing. Folks are fishing for redhorse and catfish, which seems to be a bit early. The river level is very high.    All the piers are in.  Be sure to get tackle and poles ready for use!

    If you need more information about the FRSF, call us at 715-332-5271 ext.111 or email us at:  diane.stowell@wisconsin.gov .

      Flambeau operations: Road bans are off Sawyer and Rusk counties.  Have a good rest of the week and weekend.

              Facilities closed:    Connors Lake, Connors Lake Picnic Area, ATV/UTV trails, ski trail and snowmobile trail

      Roads to and in the forest:  All Forest roads repaired and open.

    Coming Events to Note:

    May 15th ATV/UTV Trails open

    May 24th Open House at the Flambeau, come talk to the staff and ask all your questions, drink some coffee and enjoy a cookie.  Pamphlets and  information available

     

     

    More Information on Area Parks

     

    Elk Lake Park and Disk Golf Course, Phillips, off of Cty. Rd H and Hwy. 13. Shelter kitchen facilities, running water and toilets. Playground equipment, volleyball court, basketball court, lighted paved walking trail, shelter, grills, handicap fishing pier, boat landing, boat dock. This park now features a 9-hole disk golf course with a bonus 10th hole that doubles as a practice putt basket close to the first tee box. The course is crafted around the available trees and landscape to make an enjoyable round for both beginners and experts alike.

    Phillips Chain-O-Lakes Park & Campground, Phillips, off Cty. Rd. H. Picnic tables, benches, bathrooms, and changing area, city beach, no lifeguard on duty. Campground features 20 campsites along beautiful Elk Lake.

    Little League Park, Phillips, First Street off of Flambeau Ave. Playground, shelter, pit toilets, grills.

    Bostrom Park & Phillips Fire Memorial, Phillips, Hwy. 13. Picnic tables and benches.

    Kennan Memorial Park, Kennan, W10309 Park Road. Baseball/softball diamond, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, shelter, volleyball.

    Village of Catawba Park, Catawba, N4568 High Street. Baseball/softball diamond, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, shelter, volleyball.

    VFW Memorial Park, Prentice, Turner Street. Picnic tables, benches.

    Riverfront Park, Prentice, West of Railroad Avenue on the Jump River Reservoir. Picnic tables, fishing, grills.

    Lions Park, Prentice, South Street. Playground, pavilion, picnic tables, bathrooms, water fountain, horseshoe pits, tennis court, volleyball court, baseball diamond.

    Buccaneer Pond, Prentice, Town and Pine Street Intersection. Swimming, drinking water, toilets, picnic tables, fishing, grills.

    Pioneer Park & Campground, Ogema, W4905 Holmes St., located just off Hwy. 86 in downtown Ogema on Mil Pond. This equestrian-friendly rustic campground has an open area large enough for 7 camping units with 6 fire rings, 3 grills and several picnic tables; pavilion, drinking water, flush toilets, carry-in boat access, shore fishing, playground, tether ball, sand box, nature trails, ball field, horseshoe pits, ATV, horse pull track, horse hitching post, access to the Pine Line Rail Trail.

    Movrich Memorial Community Park, Fifield, N14022 Willow Ave. A Wisconsin Historical Society Marker explains how this site on the South Fork of the Flambeau River was used as a sorting pond where logs were separated by logging company brand marks and then sent down river. A white spruce tree, a clone of the 1983 Capitol Christmas Tree taken from the nearby Riley Creek area in the Chequamegon National Forest, was planted as a memorial to the 50-year-old, 52-foot spruce that was cut down. Basketball, picnic shelters, playground, restrooms, volleyball.

    Round Lake Logging Dam, Fifield, North of Phillips to Fifield, go 16 miles East on Hwy. 70 to Forest Road #144. Originally built in 1878 on the South Fork of the Flambeau River, stands as testimony to Wisconsin’s lumber boom of the 1800’s. In 1995 the dam was completely rebuilt using the historic timbers and original iron hardware. Listed on National Register of Historic Places.

     

  • Price County Parks

    Smith Lake County Park & Campground, Park Falls, Hwy. 13 to Park Falls, West about 2½ miles on County E, then South about 1 mile on Omaha Road. 30 unit campground, all with electric hook-ups, year round. Plus 2 canoe/kayak-in only campsites. Open air shelter, shower/flush toilets, picnic tables, pressure water, boat landing, fishing, sand beach, hiking trails, playground, ATV trail access to the Tuscobia State Trail.

    Solberg Lake County Park & Campground, Phillips, Hwy. 13 north to old 13, right on W. Solberg Lake Road. 60 campsites, playground, boat landing, public beach, shelter, electricity, drinking water, seasonal showers, flush toilets, RV dup station, ATV and UTV trail access.

    Timm’s Hill County Park, Ogema, Hwy. 13 south, east on Hwy. 86, 14 miles. Wisconsin’s highest geographic point, at 1951.5 feet above sea level. The view from the observation tower is beautiful. Enjoy fishing hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing.

    Big Falls County Park, Kennan, Hwy. 13 south to Hwy. 111 to Hwy 8 west, south 10 miles on Cty. Rd. N to Big Falls Road.Enjoy a beautiful stretch of rapids on the Jump River. Picnic grounds with a short walking trail which parallels the river offers a great view of the Big Falls scenic cascades. 6 rustic campsites, drinking water, shelter, vault toilets, hiking trail, shore fishing.

     

  • Flambeau River State Forest

    Connors Lake, Winter, 21 miles West of Phillips on Hwy. W. 30 campsites, drinking water, shelter, swimming beach, pit toilets, boat landing, dump station nearby.

    Lake of the Pines Campground,Winter, 30 rustic campsites, drinking water, pit toilets, fishing, handicapped facilities.

    Little Falls/Slough Gundy, Winter, Located west of Phillips, take Cty. Rd. W 20.5 miles to Cty. Rd. M-7 ½ miles. View the rugged whitewaters of the South Fork of the Flambeau River. Enjoy a picnic or fish or just take in the spectacular sight of huge boulders and peaceful pine forest.

    Flambeau River State Forest The Flambeau River State Forest covers parts of Price, Sawyer, Rusk, Ashland and Iron Counties. Often referred to as the home of the “premier white water river in the Midwest,” the Flambeau River provided a unique wilderness experience that people of all ages can enjoy. Camping is permitted at designated sites along the north fork of the river.

     

  • Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

    Copper Falls State Park Copper Falls State Park is approximately 55 miles north of Phillips near Mellen. Established in 1929, the park carries the name of the 29-foot falls that marks the first drop of the Bad River as it flows through about two miles of steep-walled canyons of awesome and rugged splendor. There are marked hiking trails, two camping areas, swimming, fishing and cross country ski trail loops in the park.

    Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome are located near Mellen. Hike the trail one-half mile from the parking area to this 70 ft cataract. Continue hiking from the falls for one mile to the top of St. Peter’s Dome. St. Peter’s Dome is a red granite summit about 1,600 ft. elevation. On clear days Lake Superior is visible about 20 miles to the north.

    Fifield Fire Tower Located 5 miles east of Fifield on State Hwy 70. The tower will be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is maintained by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Fifield fire tower stands 100 feet high and was built in 1932.At one time, nearly 40 towers stood vigilant in the Wisconsin Northwoods, lifting lookouts above the trees to detect and report forest fires.

    Sailor Lake Campground Hwy. 70 East to Sailor Lake Rd. 25 rustic, shady campsites with tent pads, parking spurs, fire grills, and picnic tables; fee required; tents, trailers, and RVs up to 45+ feet; 11 sites can be reserved, 14 sites are first come, first served; one double campsite, 3 walk-in sites; drinking water, vault toilets, open-air shelter, developed boat ramp; access to the Flambeau Trail System (allows ATVs, UTVs and off-road motorcycles).

    Smiths Rapids Campground & Covered Bridge Intersection of Hwy. 13 and Hwy. 70 in Fifield, drive east 12.5 miles on Hwy. 70 to Forest Road 148. Turn left (north) on FR 148 1.8 miles. The only glued laminated Town Lattice covered bridge in Wisconsin, constructed in 1991. Built for aesthetic & practical reasons, because of its location near Smith Rapids Campground on the South Fork of the Flambeau River in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Drinking water, vault toilets and picnic area, carry-in boat access for canoe/kayaks, access to the River Saddle Equestrian Trail, scenic view of covered bridge.

    Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The Chequamegon side of the forest covers about 858,400 acres in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Taylor and Vilas counties while the Nicolet side covers nearly 661,400 acres in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida and Vilas counties.