Recreation

Are you looking for things to do on your northern Wisconsin vacation? It takes more than a weekend to explore all that Florence WI has to offer. Over 50% of our County land is publicly owned giving you access to outdoor adventure galore. Ride our trails on your ATV/UTV or snowmobile to burn off some stress. Burn some calories hiking, biking, cross country skiing or snowshoeing our trails or blaze your own trail through the woods.

Paddle undeveloped rivers to reconnect with nature. Take your kids geocaching in the Nicolet National Forest to see their excitement at finding the hidden treasure. Enjoy a beautiful day on the water fishing, swimming, waterskiing or kayaking our lakes. Every season brings another palette of color, berry to pick or game to hunt here in the Northwoods. If history is your thing, the Historical Society Museum is a must do.

ATV/UTV
ATV/UTV Trails

Florence County is home to over 150 miles of ATV trails and routes with hundreds more connecting neighboring counties and the State of Michigan. The northern part of the Nicolet State Trail runs through the western portion of the county. This particular trail also runs through Forest and Oconto Counties. The Florence County ATV trail system winds through the open Spread Eagle Barrens State Natural Area and county, industrial and national forests. Riders will encounter trails leading to waterfalls, several scenic overlooks and parks. Florence County also has a 17 acre ATV park which is located on the south side of Fisher Lake in the Town of Florence.

Click here for Blue Ox 2014 Trail Map


Trail Conditions

Florence County Winter ATV Trails Are OPEN!

Florence County Winter ATV trails are open. Please ride with caution. Support your local ATV club, Blue Ox Trail Riders, and the hard work they do to maintain the Florence County ATV trail system. Questions or concerns may be directed to the Florence County Forestry and Parks Department (715) 528-3207 x106. For more trail information please visit www.ExploreFlorenceCounty.com The new 2014 Snowmobile/ATV Trail Maps are now available.


Florence County Map

Florence County's map as well as Florence County's ATV/UTV map is available within this website under the Maps and Brochure Tab or you may obtain these maps by stopping into The Wild Rivers Interpretive Center or requesting them to be sent to your address through this website.






Waterfalls
Florence Co. Waterfalls

Deep in the forest, the waters of Florence County's Wild Rivers cascade, tumble and roar down seven breathtaking waterfalls. LaSalle, Meyers and Bull Falls on the Pine River and Washburn, Little Bull, Big Bull and Jennings Falls on the Popple River. All but one of the falls are accessible by land. Trails to the falls range from 1/4 mile to a little more than one mile. Trails to the falls are generally hilly and unimproved and require more than normal physical effort. Little Bull Falls, which lies entirely within private property, can only be viewed from a canoe or kayak. Canoers and Kayakers may put in at the Morgan Road/Popple River crossing. Little Bull Falls in one half mile downstream from the crossing and is surrounded by rapids both up and downstream.

The following are the named rapids within Florence County. Chipmunk Rapids is along Chipmunk Rapids Road, but the rest of the rapids require a hike to access. All maps and travel information for Florence County Waterfalls is available at the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center or on this website.

POPPLE RIVER
Big Murphy Rapids
Nine Day Rapids
McDonalds Rapids
Burnt Dam Rapids

PINE RIVER
Chipmunk Rapids
Snake Tail Rapids


Wild Rivers
Pine and Popple Wild Rivers

The Pine and Popple Rivers offer a true wild experience, being among Wisconsin's more remote river systems. The area is rugged and undeveloped. Access is limited and often difficult. The shorelines are very heavily wooded. The entire 89 mile length of the Pine River and 62 miles of it's major tributary, the Popple River, were designated by the Wisconsin legislature as State Wild Rivers in 1965 to be protected from development and kept in natural, free-flowing condition. Canoeing or Kayaking these rivers proves to be a beautiful and quite solitude adventure. The Pine and Popple Rivers offer trips of all lenghts, from a short two hour trip around a loop called the "Oxbow" to a full day adventure. River trips also offer an array of challenges from relaxing quiet water floats on the lower Pine to expert level whitewater runs on the Popple.

PINE RIVER The Pine River has two different personalities. The playful upper river, above LaSalle Falls, alternates between deep, slower meandering sections and rapids or falls. The lower river, the last ten miles downstream of the Pine River Flowage, offers relaxed paddling with a steady current and only a few gentle riffles.

POPPLE RIVER Canoeing on the Popple River is more challenging than on the Pine due to frequent low water conditions and the portages around its four waterfalls. The lower section of the Popple River (downstream of Morgan Lake Road) is the most difficult whitewater on the watershed, and it is recommended only for experts with suitable equipment and skills.

All specific mapping and river flow information is available at the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center or within this website.


Kayaking/Canoeing
Kayaking/Canoeing

PINE RIVER The upper portion of the Pine River alternates between deep and slow meanders, and rapids and falls. Most of the rapids are rated Class I-III. Below the Pine River Dam and the Pine River Falls, the river offers relaxed paddling with a handful of riffles. A popular trip is the Oxbow, where the Pine River crosses County Hwy. N. A short walk along the highway is all that separates paddlers and tubers from a 3.5 mile trip. A great easy trip is to paddle up from the dam to the base of LaSalle Falls and then a short hike to the falls.

POPPLE RIVER Even though the Popple River is only 20 miles long, there are four named falls and 4 named rapids in the stretch. The portion of the river between Morgan Lake Road and Hwy. 101 is only recommended for experts during the spring of the year.

BRULE RIVER Creating part of the northern border of Wisconsin, the Brule Riuver runs for 45 miles. This is the best river for paddling in the summer with a more consistent flow than other local rivers. Less rapids also make this a good river for those with less paddling experience.

For a complete paddling guide, contact the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center.


Wisconsin Paddle Guide

Water Flow

Camping
Camping

Florence County is a literal haven for camping in Northeast Wisconsin. We are surrounded by public, private, and National Forest camping. Whether you prefer to pack it in or drive it in. Florence County's 18 public and private camping areas offer settings and amenities to suit every camper's needs, from no amenities at all in the 7,500 acre Whisker Lake Wilderness where you can pitch your tent anywhere, to a private tent, trailer, RV Park Resort with everything from water and electricity to hot showers, swimming pool, and mini golf. Indoor accomodations range from housekeeping cottages and cabins in the woods to full-service motels and waterfront Bed and Breakfast Inns.



Brule River Campground

This campground is designed for the fishing enthusiast. There are 11 campsites located in a beautiful balsam fir-red pine grove. Although located on a good highway (Hwy. 55) it is not heavily used. There is no swimming beach provided.


Chipmunk Rapids Campground

6 sites featuring an artesian well which flows all year road. Located on the Pine River.


Lake Emily Park

Located off of County Hwy. D. Sandy bottom beach, boat launch, fishing, 18 electric sites, water hook-ups, picnic tables, grills, bathhouses, and pit toilets. A premiere camping spot for families.


Lauterman Lake Walk-In Campground

5 sites, same as Perch Lake. All sites are between 3/4 to 1 1/2 mile from the parking area. No fee for camping. Open year round.


Lost Lake Campground

27 family camping units with tent pads, picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets, and drinking water. Swimming and boat landing.


Morgan Lake Campground

18 sites with tent pads, picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets, and drinking water. Swimming beach and boat landing. Also features group camping area for up to 25 people-available on a reservation basis.


Perch Lake Walk-In Campground

5 sites and a canoe launch site are 1/4 mile and 1 mile from the parking area. Each site has a tent pad, picnic table, fire ring and wilderness type toilet. There is no drinking water supply. All equipment must be carried in. No fee for camping. Open year round.


Stevens Lake Campground

This campground is a fishing oriented campground with 6 units. All 6 units are usually occupied on weekends during the summer. A boat access with ramp, parking, and toilets is adjacent to the campground. Fishing is usually moderate to good for walleye, northern pike, and panfish. The campground lies in a mixed stand of aspen and sugar maple.


West Bass Lake Park

Located off of County Hwy. C. Sandy beach, boat launch, 29 rustic sites with electricity, 2 water pumps, picnic tables, grills, bathhouses and pit toilets. Another campsite enjoyed by families in Florence County.


PRIVATE CAMPGROUNDS

Keyes Lake Campground located on County Hwy 101 three miles south of Florence. This campground is adjacent to Keyes Lake Park. A pristine 202 acre recreation lake. While camping in this beautiful wooded site, you will receive full service amenities including WIFI, water, sewer and electrical hook-ups. This campground boasts of an 18 Hole Mini Golf Course and ATV/Snowmobile Trails leading to all of Florence County. Call for reservations.

Camping In The Clouds This campground is adjacent to the town of Florence, yet is secluded off of US Hwy 2 on the backside of the old mining hills. Breathtaking views will await you while camping in a serene secluded area close to all amenities. Camping In The Clouds offers a full service campground with a restaurant and bar. A nd don't miss the indoor heated pool, horseshoe and volleyball courts. Primitive camping to full service hook-ups, water and sewer included. Call for reservations.


Fishing
Fishing

Florence County is a fisherman's haven with its 265 lakes and 165 miles of rivers and streams. Pan fish can be found in almost all lakes within the county. Lakes that contain walleye would consist of Patten Lake, Keyes Lake, and the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes. Muskies are caught in the Brule and Menominee River Flowage. Brook trout are available for the catching in Sand Lake which is located within the Spread Eagle Barrens.

If river fishing appeals to you, then the Brule, Pine and Popple Rivers are great places to catch trout. All three of these rivers have many access points and are bordered by large amounts of public land. These rivers are remote and challenging, but true wilderness experiences. The Menominee River contains a potpourri of musky, northern pike, walleye and pan fish.

Shore fishing for the casual fisherman has plenty of options available. Fisher Lake in Florence has a beautiful fishing pier, that can be accessed by route of the south end of Chapin Street. Lake Emily Park has a long boat ramp at the water edge, great for casting a line on a warm summer day, or Keyes Lake Park also offers a pier for shore fishing. The abandoned Twin Falls Bridge at the Vagabond Park is an excellent option as well. If a map is what you need for your day trip of fishing, contact the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center or go to the map tab within this website for information that will get you to where the big one's are.


Lakes Information

LAKES Acres Depth Access Bass Musky NorthernPike Panfish Trout Walleye
Anna Lake 36 61 X X X X
Bass Lake 50 37 X X X
Bass Lake West 57 19 X X X
Brule River Flowage 297 64 X X X X X X
Bush Lake 50 18 X X X X
Cosgrove Lake 76 26 X X X X X
Elwood Lake 132 25 X X X X
Emily Lake 191 43 X X X X X
Fay Lake 282 10 X X X X X
Grubhoe Lake 66 4 X X
Halsey Lake 512 10 X X X X X
Keyes Lake 202 77 X X X X X
Lake of Dreams 68 12 X X X X
Long Lake 340 23 X X X X X
Loon Lake 53 55 X X X X
Lost Lake 92 45 X X X
Mud Lake 76 8 X X X X
Patten Lake 255 52 X X X X X
Perch Lake 51 39 X X X
Pine River
Flowage
145 38 X X X X X
Riley Lake So. 52 36 X X X X
Sand Lake 50 63 X X X X
Sand Lake 25 28 X X X
Sea Lion
Lake
122 82 X X X X X
Seidel Lake 55 44 X X X
Spread Eagle Chain 487 68 X X X X X


Boat Launches

TOWN BODY WATER OWNERSHIP
Aurora Fischer Lake Town
Menominee River H-A Conservation Club
Commonwealth Halls Lake County
Keyes Lake County
Lake Emily County
Pine River Flowage Site 24 Wisconsin Electric
Pine River Flowage Site 34 Wisconsin Electric
Sand Lake State
Fence Lund Lake Town
Morgan Lake Federal
Fern Sea Lion Lake County
Siedel Lake County
Florence Anna Lake Town
Cosgrove Lake Town
Ellwood Lake Town
Fisher Lake County
Menominee River Town
North Lake County
Patten Lake County
Pine River Site 5 Wisconsin Electric
Brule River Site 28 Wisconsin Electric
Twin Falls Flowage County
Frog Lake County
Montgomery Lake County
Homestead Bass Lake Town
Bush Lake Town
Sand Lake Town
Mirror Lake Town
West Bass Lake County
Scout Lake Town
Long Lake Fay Lake Town
Halsey Lake Federal
Long Lake Town
Lost Lake Federal
Tipler Lake of Dreams County


DNR - Fisheries Comprehensive Survey Reports

Trout Streams Information

STREAMS ACCESS MILES BROOK TROUT BROWN TROUT
Brule River X 29.2 X X
Cody Creek X 3.4 X
Deadman Creek X 2.7 X
Fisher Creek X 2.9 X
Haymarsh Creek X 1.6 X
Hendricks Creek X 5.1 X
Johnson Creek X 6.5 X
Kieper Creek X 3.0 X
LaMontagne Creek X 7.7 X X
LePage Creek X 4.5 X
LeRoy Creek X 3.4 X
Little Popple Creek X 17.3 X X
Lunds Creek X 3.3 X
Montagne Creek X 5.1 X
Morgan Creek X 7.7 X
Patten Creek X 2.4 X
Pemebonwon River X 5.0 X
Pine River X 89.0 X X
Popple River X 62.0 X X
Riley Creek X 4.4 X
Rock Creek X 3.2 X
Sevenmile Creek X 1.5 X
Simpson Creek X 2.9 X
Wakefield Creek X 2.0 X
Wisconsin Creek X 5.9 X
Woods Creek X 16.0 X


Water Flow
Website

USGS Real-Time Water Data for Wisconsin


Water Levels

Wisconsin Paddle Guide

Golf
Spread Eagle Golf Course
HWY 2, Spread Eagle, WI - 715-696-3696    Map

The 9-hole Spread Eagle Golf Course in Spread Eagle, WI is a public golf course that opened in 1972. Spread Eagle Golf Course measures 5558 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 118 and a 67.2 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels. Greens and fairways are bent grass.

For current Green Fees and Rates call 715-696-3696


Swimming/Public Beaches
Florence County - Swimming/Public Beaches

Parks
Florence County Parks

Lake Emily Park This facility has 25 sites on a quiet lake. There is a boat launch, pit toilets, water pumps, sandy beach, fishing and bathhouse. Each site has a picnic table, and a fire grate, eight sites have electric hook-ups. Sites are available on a first come first serve basis.The Lake Emily Park Campground is located in the Town of Commonwealth. From US 2 in Florence turn South on County Hwy. N, go about three miles to County Hwy D, turn right (West) on County Hwy C, continue two miles to the campground and park.

West Bass Lake Park This facility has 15 sites on a pristine and quiet lake. There is a boat launch, pit toilets, water pumps, sandy beach and bathhouse. Each site has a picnic table and a fire grate. Sites are available on a first come first serve basis. The West Bass Lake Park Campground is located in the Town of Homestead. From Florence take Highway 101 South to County Hwy. C, watch for signage to the campground, about five miles from Hwy 101 turn left (North) on Fire Lane Road, continue one mile to the campground.

Fisher Lake Park This park is located on a 54 acre lake which is stocked with northern pike, bass, pan fish and trout. Visitors can picnic, play baseball, launch a boat or relax on the sandy beach. Picnic tables, picnic shelter, outhouses, and a baseball diamond occupy this quaint park. From Florence go South on County Hwy. N. This park is located in the Town of Florence.

Kenneth Thompson Memorial Park This park serves as a habitat for loons and osprey. Visitors can launch a boat to fish the 55 acre Siedel Lake for northern pike, bass and pan fish. Take Hwy. 101 South from Florence to the lake access road on the north side of the highway, near where the Siedel Creek crosses the road. Picnic tables and a boat landing are available on this very private setting.

Keyes Lake Park Keyes Lake's crystal clear waters make a good swimming and fishing lake. Try your luck at fishing for northern pike, walleye, panfish, white fish, brown trout and bass. The park has picnic facilities, a sandy beach and a boat landing. A water slide and swimmers raft adorn the swimming area. Picnic tables, picnic shelters, outhouses, swimming beach, dressing rooms, volleyball court and boat launch with dock is what you will experience when visiting this spring fed crystal clear lake.

Loon Lake Park Walk in access to a 53 acre Loon Lake where anglers will find northern pike, largemouth bass and pan fish. Take Hwy. 101 South of Hwy. 70. The park is located on the west side of the highway.

Popple River Park This park is undeveloped, scenic,designated Wild River, good for canoeing and kayaking. The park offers canoe and kayak access, picnic tables and a spot to fish for brook, brown and rainbow trout. Proceed 12 miles South of Florence on Hwy 101. Picnic tables and canoe access available.

Vagabond Park Located on 928 acre Twin Falls Flowage. Vagabond Park has a sandy beach, picnic area and a boat landing. The flowage is scenic and semi-private with islands and very few dwellings. Anglers will find northern pike, walleye, bass and panfish. Take Hwy. US 2 nine miles east of Florence. Picnic tables are available as well as a beautiful swimming beach.


Rustic Roads/Drives
Rustic Roads of Florence Co.

Within the Southwestern corner of Florence County there are two designated rustic roads which combine to form a circular picturesque drive. It is a peaceful, scenic route among beautiful hardwood forests.
Wildlife abounds through these forests with deer and songbirds making regular appearances along the roads. Sighting a secretive bear, fisher, eagle or many other wildlife species is very possible. Autumn colors explode with brilliance and are always magnificent. The drive is approximately 32 miles in length and will take more than an hour of travel time with brief stops. Watch the "Rustic Road" signs for directions.


River Tubing
Florence County River Tubing

The most popular tubing trip is on the Pine River Oxbow, but trips on the Brule River are as enjoyable as well. The popularity of the Oxbow is due to its circular nature in which the river literally bring you back to your point of origin, thus enabling the group not to need a pickup vehicle at your exit point. When tubing the Brule River you can put in at the Brule Damn Road and take out at Woods Road. For a shorter trip, put in or take out on Camels Clearing Road. Tubes are available for rent locally. Maps are available at the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center.


Hiking
Hiking

Florence County maintains more than 27 miles of hiking trails throughout a variety of habitats, ranging in length and difficulty, including a mile long path through a variety of woodland vegetation and diverse topography to the banks of the Pine River for a view of majestic LaSalle Falls. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest features a number of trails through six distinctly different areas of the forest including the Whisker Lake Trail, a network of old logging roads and railroad beds popular with adventurers who like to explore and use their compasses, and the Lauterman National Recreation Trail, a nine-mile hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing trail with several routes of various levels of difficulty.


Public Access Lands


Hunting/Trapping
Florence County Hunting Trails

Florence County is Northeastern Wisconsin's hunting paradise. With 1000's of acres of public land available to hunters, you will have no problem finding small or large game to fill a hunting tag. The Wild Rivers Interpretive Center is your one stop location for permits and maps to all of Florence County's Federal, State and County public hunting lands.

HUNTING TRAIL TERRAIN MILES
Lake Emily Rolling 2.5
Bush Lake Flats Flat/Rolling 11
Lamon Tangue Gentle Roll
Rough Grouse Area
6
Halls Creek Gentle Roll 10
Winchester Flat 4
Bessie Babbit Flat/Rolling 3.25
Kretz Flat/Rolling 1.5
Burma Roll/Hilly 3.25
Grandma's Beaver Pond Gentle Roll 2

Florence County Forest Ruffed Grouse Habitiat Map 2012


Water Ski Shows
Badwater Ski-Ters
Website

This award winning group of performers usually take to their stage on the Menominee River located at the banks of the Vagabond Park located in Spread Eagle. Their performances happen twice weekly, on Wednesday and Sunday evenings starting at 6:00pm. The layout of the park enable all visitors to have the best seat in the house. Concessions are available on site, you only need to bring your own lawnchair. Music fills the air as the Ski-Ters take to the waters, in what is a spectacular showing in an outdoor venue that rivals none. There are special showings throughout the summer months, and these will be posted on the events page.


Whisker Lake Wilderness
State Natural Area


In 1978 Congress and President Carter officially declared 7,500 acres of the former Nicolet National Forest a federally designated wilderness. Whisker Lake Wilderness, the second largest national forest wilderness area in the state, is located in northern Florence County. The name is derived from the majestic pines near the shoreline of Whisker Lake. Timber cruisers from days gone by dubbed these pine "chin whiskers". These "chin whiskers" miraculously escaped the wildfires that ravaged the area after logging in the early 1900's.
The terrain is densely wooded with hiking trails for exploration. Those who visit are seeking solitude and a true communion with nature. Numerous activities are available within the wilderness area. Hiking, hunting, fishing, skiing, berry picking, and nature study can be enjoyed. Motorized use, including bicycles, is prohibited. Please be prepared when entering the wilderness by using a map and a compass. Primitive camping reigns here. There are no amenities, however you may pitch a tent wherever you like.
If you would like a vacation from civilization, Whisker Lake Wilderness is located off of STH 70 approximately 11 miles west of Florence. Access to the area is provided by Forest Road 2150, which heads north off of STH 70. The Forest Service asks that you fill out a destination card at the trailhead before embarking on any trip, whether a day hike or a camping adventure. They also request that you utilize "leave no trace" practices.
For additional information including special regulations and restrictions, contact the Forest Service at the Florence Natural Resource and Wild Rivers Interpretive Center in Florence.


Spread Eagle Barrens
State Natural Area-Spread Eagle Barrens

Travel southeast of Florence and here lies the 8500 acre Spread Eagle Barrens State Natural Area. Its name comes from an 1896 surveyors plat map showing the nearby largest expanse of lakes shaped like a soaring eagle. The Spread Eagle Barrens is the largest expanse of pine barrens and bracken grasslands that remain in Northeastern Wisconsin. This unique State Natural Area is rich with plant and animal life. The vast mosaic of six natural communities offers visitors a variety of activities including hiking, skiing, hunting, fishing, and berry picking. In the 1990's, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Florence County, Wisconsin Electric, and the Sand County Foundation began working together to secure lands to be included in the Spread Eagle Barrens State Natural Area. With more than 8000 acres managed, it has remained one of the largest State Natural Areas in Wisconsin. Current management and restoration practices include prescribed burning, invasive species control and restoration timber sales.

The most noticeable topographic feature of the Spread Eagle Barrens is the kettles. Ecologists call these depressions "frost pockets." Every night, cool dense air flows down into the frost pockets from the surrounding area. Frost can form in the lower parts of these giant potholes even when it is warm outside the pockets. Sometimes fog forms in their depths and looks like clouds from the rim of the frost pocket. In fact, frost has been recorded in these pockets in all 12 months of the year!

Foot traffic is welcomed throughout the barrens (even beyond gates and rocks), however, there are no official hiking trails. A map is available to show the many logging roads, burn breaks, and town roads that can be explored


Horseback Riding
Halls Creek Trail

Florence County Forestry and Parks in cooperation with the Northern Saddle Club maintain two trails for equestrian riding. Within Florence County is the Bush Lake Flats Trail. This marked trail is approximately 11 miles long, but the entire forest is open to riding. From the trailhead, the trail is a single track path through hardwoods. After traveling briefly along Tower Road, the trail turns off again and climbs gentle hills to open prairie. Many smaller trails break off the marked trail. The trail surface is grass or sandy soil. For the most part, the trail system is easy to ride, with no challenging areas. The Hall's Creek Trail is 10 miles of marked scenic trails, which travel through a mixture of hardwoods and open fields. The marked trail is in the shape of a figure-eight, with trails extending off of both loops. Again, the entire county forest is open to riding. It would be advantageous to pick up a map of these riding areas, and have a compass or GPS in your posession. Trail maps are available at the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center, or within this website www.northernsaddleclub.org


Historical Attractions
Florence County Courthouse and Jail
Website

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Florence County Courthouse and Jail were constructed in 1889. The picturesque buildings, with red tile roofs, crenelated towers and elongated arched windows, stand as solid reminders of the County's affluent lumbering and mining era. The courthouse was recently renovated while preserving the historical character of the building itself. This beautiful brick showplace and heart of our county is located within the town of Florence, one block south of US Hwy 2 at 501 Lake Street. In close proximity are several historic and restored properties that are currently being used by various small businesses on the main street of Florence. One of these properties is the Florence Museum, which houses pictures and artifacts telling the story of our quaint town we proudly call Florence.


The Judge House
Florence - 715-528-3000    

Mini-Golf
Keyes Lake Campground Mini-Golf
Website

Keyes Lake Campground located 3 miles south of Florence has your mini-golf needs covered. Enjoy a well layed out course with lighting for evening golf enthusiasts. This course is open from spring until fall. A great family enjoyment for all.


National Forest
Nicolet National Forest

Located in northern Wisconsin, where towering pine and hardwood forests are interspersed with hundreds of crystal clear lakes and streams, the Nicolet National Forest offers you a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Within a day's drive of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Minneapolis metropolitan areas, the Nicolet is a place where you can truly "get away from it all" in the scenic beauty of the northwoods. Four seasons of recreation await you... from spring fishing or canoeing to summer camping, hiking, mountain or horse back riding. Come in autumn for hunting or to see our famous fall color. For your driving pleasure there are 3,600 miles of back roads. Please drive slowly. Snow season gears up with cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Or come anytime to get close to nature in a tranquil and secluded spot. Opportunities for exhilarating views, relaxation, and quiet nature study abound. Experience all the beauty and recreational opportunities of Wisconsin's National Forests.

The Nicolet National Forest is divided into four districts: Eagle River, Florence, Laona and Lakewood. Each District offers "developed" campgrounds that provide campsites with a fire ring, picnic table, tent or trailer pad and parking. Drinking water, toilets and trash pickup are alos provided. Electrical hook-up facilities and showers are not provided. All campgrounds have have some sites that can accomodate RV's up to about 30 feet long. The main camping season is Memorial Day through Labor Day. Many activities and special events occur during this season in towns and recreation areas that are located within or near the Nicolet.

CAMPING
Pitch a tent or park a camper for a modest fee in one of the developed campgrounds in the Nicolet or Chequamegon Forests. All of the Nicolet campgrounds are located on lakes or streams and have drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables and grills or fire rings. The National Forest Service is continually working to improve their campground qualities and services, including providing more barrier-free opportnities for people with disabilities. Please call for current information. Four of the favorite camping sites are Perch Lake, Lost Lake, Morgan Lake and Chipmunk Rapids.

FOREST MAPS
Detailed maps of the Forests(1/2" per mile) and topographic quadrangle maps are available from the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center. Forest Roads are marked with numbers. Look for small brown and white signs identifying these routes throughtout the Forest.

FLORENCE DISTRICT OFFICE

Florence Wild Rivers Interpretive Center
State Hwy 70 and US 2
Florence, WI 54121
VOICE 715-528-4464
TTY 715-528-5289
FAX 715-528-5172




Chequamegon Nicolet Nat'l Forest

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers approximately 83,000 acres in Florence County. This unique National Forest offers many recreational opportunities to the local community as well as visitors alike. Hiking, camping, biking, hunting, ATV/snowmobiling as well as berry picking and bird watching. There are dedicated trails for bird hunting, and horseback riding.

The Whisker Lake Wilderness is located in the northeastern part of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Florence County. The terrain in this wilderness is densely wooded with hiking trails for exploration. Those who visit are seeking solitude and a true communion with nature. For all information including special regulations and restrictions regarding this area, contact the Forest Service at the Florence Natural Resource and Wild Rivers Interpretive Center in Florence.


Snowmobiling
Snowmobiling

The breathtaking scenery,well maintained trails, rolling hills, endless miles of rivers and streams, tall pines and beautiful hardwoods; these are what snowmobilers to Florence County will encounter. The Florence County Forestry and Parks as well as The Blue Ox Trail Riders does a tremendous job clearing our trails, and grooming for snowmobiling and ATVing enthusiasts alike. Nearly 200 miles of trails within Florence County connect riders to Iron Mountain, Crystal Falls, and Iron River Michingan and Marinette and Forest Counties in Wisconsin. Free overnight parking located in the lower level parking lot at the Florence Natural Resource Center.


Trail Conditions

Florence County Trails Are Open

The 2013-2014 Snowmobile Season has officially begun. Trails are open as of Monday December 16th. We have a very good base for the start of this season. A special thank you goes out to the Florence County Blue Ox Trail Riders and all of those that have worked together to assure another safe and enjoyable season. Questions or concerns may be directed to the Florence County Forestry and Parks Department (715) 528-3207 x106. The 2014 Snowmobile/ATV Maps are completed, and are available at the Wild River Interpretive Center. You may call 888-889-0049 for a FREE copy.


Blue Ox Trail Riders

The BLUE OX Snowmobile and ATV/UTV trails in Florence County are maintained by the Florence County Blue Ox Trail Riders (P.O. Box 414, Florence, WI 54121). A map of these trails is available from the club or from the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center. 1-888-889-0049
or
Click here to view Blue Ox 2014 Trail Map


Nicolet National Forest Trails

A vast network of nearly 500 miles of signed, groomed trails, and hundreds of miles of unplowed National Forest roads, are available to the public free of charge. Trails are maintained by local snowmobile clubs in cooperation with counties and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The Florence Ranger District, in cooperation with private clubs, state and county agencies, provides many miles of trails for snowmobile use. They may be old logging roads, abandoned railroad grades or logging trails made by the Forest Service or others for other purposes. These trails wind through hardwood forests, pine plantations and frozen wetlands.

Snowmobiles are subject to the following restrictions in the Nicolet National Forest:
Snowmobiles may be used only on unplowed forest roads with a minimum of 4 inches of snow and on designated snowmobile trails and then only after there is four inches of non compacted snow on the ground.
Snowmobiles are prohibited on roads and trails signed as closed, gated bermed or rocked off.
Cross country snowmobile travel is prohibited.
All motor vehicles are prohibited in the Whisker Lake Wilderness, the Perch Lake and Lauterman Lake areas.


Cross Country Skiing
Florence County Ski Trails
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The Florence County Forestry and Parks maintain two Cross Country Ski Trails in the winter months. Those trails being the Lake Emily and Halls Creek ski trails. Where as the US Forest Service maintains the Lauterman Trail when the snow starts to fly in the Northwoods. Information regarding the condition of these trails may be obtained by calling the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center at 888-889-0049 or going on line to skinnyski.com or travelwisconsin.com. Updated information is always available when you need it. Below is a comprehensive list of the three trails that are groomed and tracked in Florence County.


Lake Emily

The rolling terrain on the Lake Emily Cross Country Ski Trail will give you a medium dificulty experience as you travel 2.5 miles in a large loop through the beautiful forest which lies in close proximity to Lake Emily. Florence County Forestry and Parks maintains this trail throughout the winter season.

Directions: From Florence go south on State Hwy 101 and then travel East on County Hwy D. one half mile. The parking lot is on the South side of the road.

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Lauterman Lake

The gentle rolling slopes traverse to steep terrain, giving this trail system a medium to high difficulty level as you trek 9 miles through the Nicolet National Forest. You will find the Lauterman Cross Country Ski Trail to be an exciting experience which in the summer is used by bicyclist who like the difficulty level with its steep terrains. The US Forest Service maintains this trail throughout the year, which includes grooming and tracking the ski trails.

Directions: From Florence take State Hwy 70 West approximately 8 miles. Turn left into the Lauterman Trail parking area.

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Hall's Creek Trail

The gentle rolling terrain on the Hall's Creek Trail will allow you to travel 7 miles with a difficulty rating which is low. The Florence County Forestry and Parks keeps maps of the area at the trailhead to ensure that your experience through this forest is a safe one. If you are in need of a map to this area, please stop by The Wild Rivers Interpretive Center or obtain a map through this website by clicking on the Maps and Brochures Tab.

Directions: South on County Hwy N 7.5 mi., west on County Hwy C 2 mi., north on LaSalle Falls Road 2.5 mi. to LaSalle Falls Parking Lot on right. Trail is across the road.

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Trail Grooming/Conditions

Cross Country Skiing Conditions

The Halls Creek and Lake Emily Trails were groomed and tracked today (March 20th). This weekend should be a great time to hit the trails! Maps are available through this website or at the Florence Wild Rivers Interpretive Center.


Trails
Hiking-Biking-Equestrian

The question is when you get to Florence County, which trail would you like to adventure out on? Our trail systems are for visitors to explore by foot, hoof, ski or bike. Most of the trails within the National Forest connect to provide a full day of exploring. The County Forest trails are mowed in the fall for hunting season, but it is easy to walk through during the spring and summer. Tha Assessor's Trail in the National Forest is a short Interpretive Trail that is nice for families looking for a trail that is short and easy. Maps are available for all trails at the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center or here within this website. Just click on the Maps and Brochures Tab.


Shooting Sports
Florence County Forest Rifle Range



Keyes Peak Skiing/Tubing
Keyes Peak Ski Hill
4960 Hwy. 101, Florence, Wisconsin - 715-528-3228    Map

The Keyes Peak Ski Hill provides downhill skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing opportunities. However, this recreational area is not only renowned for its winter recreation. It also provides panoramic viewing ffom the area's highest peak in Florence County. It is spectacular in the fall, but definitely breathtakingly beautiful any time of the year. Keyes Peak is located on County Hwy 101 approximately 3 miles south of Florence.

In the spring, summer and fall months the beautiful Keyes Peak Ski Lodge is available for rent to the public. This facility is a wonderful venue for such occassions as weddings, family reunions and graduation parties. With its kitchen facilities, it has become a popular attraction for large parties, with its Northwoods appeal as a rustic log lodge.

The Keyes Peak Recreation Area is county owned and operated. For more information contact Florence County Forestry and Parks at 715-528-3207. The hill phone number is 715-528-3228.

WINTER SCHEDULE


Hours of Operation:
Friday 3:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday 11:00am-9:00pm
Sunday Noon-7:00pm

Daily Rates:
Adult $12.00
Student $10.00
Child $ 8.00 (12 and under)

Nite Skiing Special:
(5:00pm-9:00pm)
Adult $10.00
Student $ 8.00
Child $ 6.00

Seasonal Passes
Family $150.00
Single $100.00

Hill Rental (HILL PARTY) $ 75.00 per hour
Includes tubes or ski rentals and lift tickets (Maximum 75 people)

Daily Rentals
Boots, Skis and Poles $10.00
Boots or Skis $ 5.00
Poles $ 2.00
Tubes (4 hours) $ 5.00
Snowboard $12.00
Snowboard Boots $ 7.00

Daily Rentals do not include the price of a lift ticket.


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