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.
Due to the Courthouse renovation, Forestry and Recreation Department will be relocated to the ADRC of the Northwoods building at 300A South Lake Avenue from Friday, July 16th until August 23, 2021. Our phone number will remain the same and staff will have access to emails.
Travis Wollenberg-Forest Administrator can also be reached on the cell at 715-784-0068
Anna Mancheski-Assistant Forest Administrator can be reached on the cell at 715-889-1368.
July 16, 2021
Forest County Veterans Memorial Park Update
As of July 15, 2021, the DNR has issued the Storm Water Runoff Permit to the Forest County Forestry and Recreation Department for the Veterans Memorial Park renovation.
Flannery Contracting Inc will be starting the project on Monday, July 19, 2021. Due to safety regulations, unauthorized entry to the Veterans Memorial Park site is strictly prohibited.
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/
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.