Flambeau River State Forest

Flambeau River State Forest, Winter, WI

90,000 acres of forest, 75 miles of Flambeau River, canoe landings, and rustic river campsites combine into a beautifully natural experience.

The North and South Forks of the Flambeau River join within the park, providing over 75 miles (121 km) of mostly undeveloped river. The forest is composed on northern hardwoods. Flambeau River is the best paddle in all of Northern Wisconsin. Price and Rusk Counties are home to the majority of the mighty Flambeau's course. The Flambeau River State Forest Trail is a 38-mile trail consisting of forest roads, town roads and snowmobile routes.

Muskie, walleye, bass, trout and panfish thrive in the pristine lakes and rivers. Fishing, hiking, mountain biking, birding, and 40 miles of signed ATV trails. 22 miles of cross country skiing- 14 miles groomed; 8 miles ungroomed. Northern hardwood species such as sugar maple, red maple, yellow birch and white ash dominate the forest, which creates a spectacular fall display. 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. Canoeing is the most popular activity on the forest. Scenic areas within the forest include Little Falls / Slough Gundy, Big White Pine, Sobieski Flowage, and Bass Lake, all equally impressive.

The Flambeau River State Forest comprises a portion of the town of Winter. One outstanding feature of this forest is the unusually large white pine tree that is growing near the Hawkins Road about five miles south of Connors Lake Fire Tower. No one knows the exact age of the tree, but it is believed to be more than one hundred thirty-five years old. It measures one hundred thirty feet in height, fourteen feet eight inches in circumference at about four and one half feet from the ground. Camping sites are located at Connors Lake and Lake of the Pines, providing relaxation, outdoor beauty, swimming, hiking, fishing and picnic areas.

In winter, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers dominate the outdoor pleasure including such highlights as annual candlelight skis. Two of the 22 miles of cross-country trails are groomed. Also offers seven canoe landings and 14 canoe campsites. Blessed with plenty of snow and a variety of trails, there are few better ways to enjoy the Flambeau in the wintertime than on a pair of skis. The Flambeau Hills trail system is groomed and tracked for skating and traditional skiing. Winding through a mixture of hardwoods and conifers, the trail crosses three bridges, provides occasional glimpses of the Flambeau River, and has a three sided shelter and picnic sport. Hikers and mountain bikers share numerous wide trails. A number of short hikes easily accommodate campers linking them to other park facilities and trails. The park does offer 60 miles of off-road-vehicle and ATV trails that connect to Chequamegon National Forest. The Oxbo Trail is designed as the name implies; numerous loop trails branch off one another in the north end of the forest.

If its fishing you're into, Sawyer County is the place! It has over 55,000 acres of lakes, and home to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. This is where world record catches are registered. Camping at Flambeaqu River State Forest can be found along the shores of two great fishing lakes, Connors Lake at 429 acres and Lake of the Pines at 273 acres. In all, the 90,000 acre Flambeau River State Forest has 14 canoe camp areas on the river which are available to river travelers only. There are two campgrounds, Lake of the Pines and Connors Lake, located on the North Fork of the Flambeau River down river from Nine Mile Creek Landing, are exclusively for persons traveling by watercraft and may be used only for ONE NIGHT of camping. Just a short drive east of the river off of Highway W. Launch at the Highway W bridge. About 5 miles into the trip, you will encounter Porcupine Rapids.

Flambeau River State Forest Map

Flambeau River State Forest in the City of Winter - Sawyer County (Northwest WI).


Flambeau River State Forest - Superintendent: Jim Halvorson
W1613 Co. Rd. W BIG BEAR LODGE RESTAURANT W1614 County Road W
Winter, WI 54896
United States
400 Fourth Ave. South
United States
715-332-5271, 715-332-527, (800) 269-4505
Sawyer County: 1-800-724-2992, 715-634-4801, Fax: 715-634-8498

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