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Forest Headquarters
4125 Forestry Headquarters Rd.
Boulder Junction, WI 54512

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest is a Wisconsin state forest of more than 225,000 acres (910 km2) across VilasOneida, and Iron counties in north-central Wisconsin. The state forest includes over 900 lakesrivers, and streams. The most prominent rivers are the WisconsinFlambeau, and Manitowish. The state forest supports a large variety of outdoor recreation activities including campinghikingsnowmobilingbicyclingboatingfishinghunting, and birdwatching. In addition to recreational activities the state forest also hosts a number of research programs. The forest is a state-managed timber resource providing opportunities for commercial logging, individual firewood collection, and individual Christmas tree harvesting.


The Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest is located in Vilas, Oneida and Iron counties, in heart of the Northwoods near the cities of Woodruff and Minocqua. It is approximately four hours northeast of Minneapolis and four hours north of Madison. There are two main Visitor Contact Stations in the forest at Clear and Crystal lakes. For directions to the individual campgrounds, please see camping information.

Clear Lake Visitor Station: From the intersection of highways 51 and 47 in Woodruff, follow Highway 47 south 3.5 miles, turn left on Woodruff Road and the Clear Lake entrance will be on the right.

Get Directions – Clear Lake Visitor Station

Clear Lake Visitor Station
8282 Woodruff Road
Woodruff, WI 54568

Crystal Lake Visitor Station: From the intersection of highways 51 and 47 in Woodruff, travel Highway 51 north 6.2 miles to Highway M. Turn right on Highway M and drive 2.7 miles to Highway N. Turn right on Highway N and travel 2 miles, the Crystal Lake Visitor Station entrance is on the left.

Get Directions – Crystal Lake Visitor Station

Crystal Lake Visitor Station
3237 Crystal Lake Road
Boulder Junction, WI 54512


The forest is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.