Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest
Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest is located in Iron, Vilas and Oneida counties. Forest headquarters is at Trout Lake, near Boulder Junction. DNR area headquarters is in Woodruff. Contact stations are open daily June to August and are at Clear lake and Crystal lake. It is approximately four hours northeast of Minneapolis and four hours north of Madison.
Directions to NHAL visitor stations:
Clear Lake Visitor Station: From the intersection of highways 51 and 47 in Woodruff, follow Highway 47 south 3.5 miles, turn left on Woodruff Road and the Clear Lake entrance will be on the right.
Crystal Lake Visitor Station: From the intersection of highways 51 and 47 in Woodruff, travel Highway 51 north 6.2 miles to Highway M. Turn right on Highway M and drive 2.7 miles to Highway N. Turn right on Highway N and travel 2 miles, the Crystal Lake Visitor Station entrance is on the left.Some campgrounds offer accessible facilities. Firefly and Crystal campgrounds each have one accessible site with electricity. Clear, Crystal, Musky and Firefly campgrounds have accessible sites and shower facilities.
Registered campers may gather wood from the forest for use in your campfire as long as it is both dead and on the ground. Chainsaws are not allowed within or near the campgrounds themselves.
The Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest offers two reservable shelter buildings. They are located at Crystal Lake Campground and picnic area and Clear Lake picnic area. Each building is enclosed and have picnic tables and a grill available for your use. Vault toilets and hand pumps for water are available near each shelter building.
There are twelve hiking trails in the park ranging in length from one mile to more than twelve miles. Recreation and activities include hiking, camping, picnicking, canoeing, boating, kayaking, fishing, hunting, trapping and cross-country skiing.
- Contact information
- For more information about the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, contact:
For camping and recreation questions:
Clear Lake Visitor Station
8282 Woodruff Road
Woodruff, WI 54568
Crystal Lake Visitor Station
3237 Crystal Lake Road
Boulder Junction, WI 54512
Visitor services associate
Forestry team leader
715-356-5211 ext. 259
715-356-5211 ext. 258
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