FLAMBEAU RIVER STATE FOREST
The Flambeau River State Forest was officially established in 1930. Beginning with 3,600 acres in public ownership, the forest has since grown to include 90,000 acres. Northern hardwood species such as sugar maple, red maple, yellow birch and white ash dominate the forest, which creates a spectacular fall display.
The North and South Forks of the Flambeau River combine within the forest to provide over 75 miles of nearly uninterrupted natural beauty and white water excitement. The river is a major life force of the forest and along its tree-lined shores one can see deer, wolves, raccoon, black bear, otter, bald eagles and ospreys.
Canoeing is the most popular activity on the forest. Different portions of the river offer varying degrees of difficulty. The North Fork is ideal for the novice, while South Fork is for the advanced canoeist. Musky, sturgeon, trout, walleye, bass, and panfish can be caught from the river as well as the lakes in the forest. The forest is open to public hunting for bear, waterfowl, deer and grouse, just to name a few.
Flambeau River State Forest is located in northern Wisconsin and covers an area of approximately 90,000 acres. The forest is named after the Flambeau River, a major water body that runs through the area. The history of Flambeau River State Forest is closely tied to the logging industry and the conservation efforts that followed its decline.
In the late 19th century, logging became a booming industry in northern Wisconsin, attracting numerous loggers and timber companies to the area. The Flambeau River served as a crucial transportation route for floating logs downstream to mills. However, over time, unsustainable logging practices led to extensive deforestation, causing significant environmental damage and threat to wildlife habitats.
Recognizing the need for conservation and sustainable management, the Wisconsin Conservation Commission purchased lands along the Flambeau River in the 1930s, laying the foundation for the state forest. Efforts were made to replant trees and restore the forest ecosystem. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a public work relief program during the Great Depression, played a significant role in the reforestation of the area.
In 1949, Flambeau River State Forest was officially established as a state forest to protect and manage the natural resources of the area. The forest offered recreational opportunities such as hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking, attracting outdoor enthusiasts.
In the 1980s, the forest faced threats from plans to mine for copper and zinc within its boundaries. This led to significant public opposition, as local residents and environmental groups raised concerns about the potential negative impact on the forest's ecosystem. Ultimately, those plans were not approved, and efforts to protect the forest and its natural resources intensified.
A Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required on all motor vehicles stopping in state parks, forests and recreation areas, please visit the VEHICLE ADMISSION STICKERS
1. Connors Lake Campground offers 29 sites, some with electric hookups.
2. Lake of the Pines Campground has rustic campsites and a swimming beach.
3. Backcountry camping is allowed throughout Flambeau River State Forest for adventurous campers.
4. Canoe:in campsites are available along both North and South Forks of the Flambeau River.
5. Group camping options exist at Little Falls/Slough Gundy Scenic Area in winter months only.