Most visitors come to Flambeau River State Forest for the canoeing, but there is a wide variety of things to do. And with over 90,000 acres of wilderness and recreation area, there is plenty of room to explore and enjoy. The Flambeau River’s north and south forks comprise more than 75 miles of mostly undeveloped river. The North Fork of the river is ideal for novice canoers, and the South Fork is better for more advanced paddlers.
Or, if you prefer to fish on the river, you might catch musky, trout, sturgeon, walleye, bass, or panfish. If you bring a boat on your visit, there is a landing at Lake of the Pines Campground and Connors Lake Picnic Area for convenience. For overnight guests of the Flambeau River State Forest, there are campsites, which can be reserved in advance online or by phone.
There are two campgrounds open during summer months, plus canoe campsites along the river and primitive backpacking or hike-in sites. Some have electric sites, hot water, and even a swimming beach, and lake access. During winter months, the park is open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Flambeau Hills Trail is groomed for skiing and is 14 miles long.
For those with snowmobiles, there is a dedicated area of 55 miles in total for snowmobiles and 38 miles of trails for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Also, if you bring your dog to the Flambeau River State Forest, keep them leashed at all times. Bring waste bags and pick up waste. Dogs are not permitted on nature trails, inside buildings, or in picnic areas, playgrounds, or swimming beaches.
Be respectful of posted rules and other park guests. Do not bring aggressive dogs or those who may bark excessively. Flambeau River State Forest is open year-round. Admission to the park requires a sticker, which can be purchased upon arrival or in advance. Fees start at $8 for Wisconsin residents. If you are in Northern Wisconsin and looking for some outdoor fun, bring your family and furry friends to Flambeau River State Park.