Welcome to the Forest County Forestry and Recreation Department. Our department manages the County’s 15,520.84 acres of forest land, over 400 miles of snowmobile trails, 62 miles of ATV trails, the Veteran's Memorial County Park and Campground, and much more.
Snowmobile Trail Update:
Forest County Snowmobile Trails will be opening at Noon on Tuesday December 28, 2021 for the snowmobiling season. Forest County has about 406 miles of state funded trails maintained by five snowmobile clubs including the 100 Mile Snow Safari, Lumberjack Memorial Trails, Black Bear Sportsmen’s Club Trails, Three Lakes Trails and the Tombstone-Pickerel Trails.
2021 Timber Sale Bid Packets are listed on website under Forestry Tab. Please note that the awarding of the Timber Sale bids will be at the Forestry and Recreation Committee meeting on September 20, 2021 in the County Highway Office breakroom at 4:30pm.
National Forest Trails (Himley Lake trail and the Trail between the Nicolet State Trail and the Blackwell Trailhead) will close Oct 31. All other trails and routes are open year round. BE ADVISED: ATVs/UTVs are NOT permitted on snowmobile trails except the Wolf River State Trail, the Nicolet State Trail, and a small section of LMT trail in the"8Mile Loop" segment between Lake Lucerne and Lake Metonga. The NST and WRST segments are ONLY open in Forest County. Not Oconto to the South or Florence to the North.
August 10, 2021
Renovations at the county park are coming along. Flannery Contracting Crews are working hard to raise the sites up, haul fill and form up the campground areas.
Due to safety regulations, unauthorized entry to the Veterans Memorial Park site is strictly prohibited. This is an active construction site.
Please utilize the City beach at the North end of Lake Metonga.
The county will continue to be on top of this project and it will be a beautiful campground when finished. Please be patient and know that we understand the frustration with the closure of the county park.
Here are some highlights of the renovation project plan:
· Remove and replace the existing asphalt around the park and parking lot,
· Correct the drainage issue at the park,
· Install dense graded base materials and crusher fines for camper parking areas,
· Install water and 50-amp electrical utility pedestals at the campsites,
· Install electric to tent campsites
· Install new playground equipment,
· All new larger campsite pads,
· New topsoil and restoration of campground,
· Painted and paved path for bikes on the side of the pavement and much more!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Travis Wollenberg-County Forest Administrator at 715-478-3475.
Boat Landing Closed
Unfortunately, with the renovation project at the Forest County Veterans Memorial Park, the Forestry and Recreation Committee has made the decision to close the boat landing at the south end of Lake Metonga for the 2021 spring/summer season. Flannery Contracting will be working in that area with equipment and closing it will ensure the safety of the public. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will re-open the boat landing.
We apologize for this inconvenience. Please use the City Beach boat landing at the North end of Lake Metonga.
Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter! We look forward to the opening of the “improved” Veteran’s Memorial Park in 2022.
Veterans Memorial Park -Camping/Campground Update:
The Forestry and Recreation Department regrets to inform that the Forest County Veterans Memorial Park will be closed for the 2021 Season due to the renovation project.
The Forestry and Recreation Department and Committee understand that this will dramatically affect your summer camping season and we apologize for this inconvenience.
Below is a list of nearby camping facilities:
Campgrounds in the Northwoods
Please check out the National Campgrounds at https://www.recreation.gov camping and select the State.
Some of the popular campsites are: Bear Lake, Boot Lake, Franklin lake, Kentuck Lake, Laura lake to name a few.
Privately Owned Campground:
Crandon Off-Road Raceway 715-478-2222 http://crandonoffroad.com
Hiles Pine Lake Campground, Hiles WI 715-649-3319
Sokaogon-Chippewa, Crandon WI 715-478-7500
Trailside Hideaway, Laona WI 715-889-0380 http://www.trailsidehideaway.com/
Holly Wood Hill Camping & RV 715-212-3308 https://hollywoodhillcampgroundrv.com/
15 Year Comprehensive Use Plan
This plan for the next 15 year is completed and on this website.
Forest County Outdoor Recreation plan (3 year plan)
This plan is currently being reviewed by North Central WI Regional Planning Commission and Forest County.
The Camp 8 Bridge located off of County G Road near Argonne, WI is open and ready for use.