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 deer, wolves, raccoon, black bear, otter, bald eagles and ospreys.
The forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Canoeing is the most popular activity on the forest. Different portions of the river offer varying degrees of difficulty. The North Fork is ideal for the novice, while South Fork is for the advanced paddler. Musky, sturgeon, trout, walleye, bass, and panfish can be caught from the river as well as the lakes in the forest. The forest is open to public hunting for bear, waterfowl, deer and grouse, just to name a few.
Camping is a great way to experience your forest. We offer two rustic campgrounds, as well as permits for backcountry camping. Reservations are not required for the campgrounds, though a fee and self-registration are required.
There are two family campgrounds on the forest: Lake of the Pines Campground, which has 30 sites and is open April 15 - December 15, and Connors Lake Campground, which has 29 sites and is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Both campgrounds are rustic; they have no electrical hookups or showers. Fire rings, picnic tables, and pit toilets are provided. Both campgrounds have a swimming beach, nature trail, and drinking water. Fires must be in an authorized fire ring only.
We do not take reservations for campsites; they are on a first-come, first-served basis. However, you should not encounter any problems obtaining a site with the exception of major summer holidays such as the 4th of July. Self-registration stations are available at both campgrounds, and self-registration is required. Instructions are posted at the self-registration stations.
We ask that you use common courtesy in the campgrounds and at all times in the forest. Respect the rights and privacy of other campers. Place trash in receptacles and recyclables in the recycling stations. Avoid making loud noises at night (11 p.m. is quiet time). Cutting trees, shrubs or branches is forbidden. Treat signs, tables and other facilities as if they were your own. Leave your campsite the way you would like to find it.
Backpack camping is allowed on the forest.
Be sure to obtain a special camping registration permit from the Forest Headquarters or by mail before camping. The following information is required: Camper's name, camping dates, camp location, number in party, make of camper’s automobile and license number. There is no fee, but please apply 7 days in advance to allow us to process your permit.
Backpack camping is allowed forest-wide with the following exceptions:
* No camping within sight of established trails such as biking/hiking trails
* No camping within the Wilderness Area (within 1/4 mile of the river). Camping at developed campsites on the river is only permitted for those traveling by watercraft
* No camping on Bass or Swamp Lakes
* No camping within intensive recreation areas such as the established campgrounds or picnic area
You must use only camping equipment you pack in. All garbage must be carried out when you leave.
Please use caution with your campfire. Use only down or dead wood. No cutting of live trees or brush. Be sure to completely extinguish fires before you leave.
The camping units are designed for use by a single family or a group of no more than 6 people. If you have visitors, please remember that only two motor vehicles can be parked at the campsite.
Juvenile groups (made up of members of an established organization) must be accompanied by one mature adult for each 10 members of the group. No more than 10 persons shall be permitted at each designated campsite.
Firewood is not available at the campgrounds. Campers are allowed to bring firewood into the state forest only if the source was within a 50-mile radius of the campground. All firewood originating from outside this area is prohibited in order to minimize the likelihood of bringing the Emerald Ash Borer and other pests and diseases into Wisconsin's forests. Local vendors offer firewood for sale. A map is posted at the kiosks near the water pumps to assist you in locating these vendors. Cutting trees and brush in the campground is prohibited.
For those needing firewood for home use, a permit is available for a small fee at the forest headquarters. This permit is available for dead and down trees within the state forest.
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