Wisconsin Natural Gem: Flambeau River State Forest

Since its establishment in 1930, Flambeau River State Forest has grown by more than 25 percent and now contains more than 90,000 acres of uninterrupted natural beauty and whitewater excitement. Today, this state gem is the second largest property owned by the State of Wisconsin.

For anglers, the Flambeau River offers unlimited opportunities for muskie, walleye and smallmouth bass fishing. Check out the deep pools, eddies and the edge of weed lines for walleyes and head for the rocks to find smallmouths. Native brook trout can be found in just about every stream that empties into the river, especially in Price and Hackett creeks.

Different portions of the river offer varying degrees of difficulty for paddlers. The North Fork is perfect for beginners practicing their skills, while the South Fork can be a challenge for even the most advanced canoeists.

Flambeau River State Forest's network of trails offers something for bikers, hikers and ATVers. Journey down parts of the 74-mile long, relatively flat, Tuscobia State Trail. This trail crosses many streams and winds around numerous lakes, ponds, and wetland areas. The surrounding scenery varies from farmlands to vast stretches of wild forestlands.

For the animal lover, the forest is home to the black bear, barred owls, waterfowl, eagles, coyotes and grouse. Mink and raccoons are commonly found at water’s edge, while mallards are often seen scanning for insects. Kids can collect DNR Wildcards of invasive forest species from the forest office and the campground manager.

For more information about Flambeau River State Forest and other Wisconsin state forests and parks, visit the DNR website.

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