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.
Welcome to our new County Forest Administrator-Travis Wollenberg and Assistant Forest Administrator-Anna Mancheski.
ATV/UTV Notice of Road Closures due to Construction
Most of County Road P and Peshtigo River Road in Argonne WI will be closed.
The detour will be to Johnson Road then on to Northwoods Road to Otter Creek Road and then back to County Road G.
The roads will be closed as June 3, 2021 until further notice.
Veterans Memorial Park 2021 Project Update June 14, 2021:
The Forestry and Recreation Department, Zoning Department, Forestry Committee and the County Board Chair are actively working with Coleman Engineering and the DNR to move the Wetland Delineation forward so that Flannery Contracting can finish the county park renovation.
This process has taken longer than the county had expected but the Wetland Delineation could not be completed until the growing season after May 1st.
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/
Some of the highlights for the project are:
For any questions or concerns, please contact the Forestry and Recreation office at (715)-478-3475.
15 Year Comprehensive Use Plan
This plan for the next 15 year is currently being reviewed.
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.