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Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - Clear Lake Area, WI

Photo: Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - Clear Lake Area
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Mar 19 2015   Later Dates


Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest (NHAL) is the largest of the state forests. With nearly 223,000 acres it offers plenty of natural wilderness and solitude. Due to its large size the forest has been spilt into two areas: Crystal Lake Area and Clear Lake Area for reservation purposes. For a full appreciation of all the forest has to offer please review both areas prior to making reservations. Crystal Lake Area.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Disabled Access Only
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing Lake
  • Handicap Access
  • Parking
  • Pit Toilet
  • Ranger Station
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Swimming - Lake
  • Toilet, Flush
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Water Drinking
Alerts and Important Information

Reservations can be made 11 months in advance, reservations are accepted for arrivals the Thursday before Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. The maximum stay for reservable remote camping sites is 14 days, 7 days for group sites. The maximum stay for the family campground is 14 days. At this time Carrol Lake Campground sites are non-reservable.

Indian Mounds Campground, Carrol Lake Campground, Clear Lake Campground family and Clear Lake Campground Reservable Remote Camping - campers must check in at the Clear Lake Ranger Station prior to setting up camp. The Clear Lake Reserveable Remote Camping sites are accessible by water only. Some of the loops in the reservable campgrounds will be closed by locked gates, starting the day after Labor Day.

Clear Lake Family Campground offers a water ski area, a public beach, and one boat launch in the campground where a state park sticker is required. There is one boat launch outside the campground where no state park sticker is required. Both boat launches are black topped, have a pier, and parking available. Clear Lake Campground provides a fully staffed ranger station, firewood sales, a campground host, pay phones, and a dump station.

Vehicle admission stickers are required.Click here for cost of the sticker.

For more information about the park, please call (715) 356-3668 or visit the Norther Highland-American Legion State Forest (N.H.A.L.) website at

The Bittersweet Wild Lakes Area was designated as a Wild Lakes Area in the current NHAL Master Plan due to its special natural qualities. This area has been set aside to preserve the beautiful woods and waters for visitors to enjoy in a quiet, remote setting. Five basic Remote-Reservable campsites are reservable through Reserve America or on a first-come, first-served basis when not reserved. Registration for these sites is done at the Clear Lake Ranger Station. Come and explore the Bittersweet Wild Lakes Area.

Shower/flush toilet buildings open approximately May 1, 2014.
Shower/flush toilet buildings close approximately Oct 1, 2014.
Dump station open approximately May 1, 2014.
Dump Station Closes approximately Oct 1, 2014.
These facilities are weather dependent and dates can change. Check with the property if you have questions.

About the Admission fees, please Click Here for reference.

Getting There:

Check-in / Registration for all Carrol Lake Campground, Clear Lake Area Campground, Indian Mounds Campground family and wilderness sites is at the Clear Lake Ranger Station.

To the Clear Lake Ranger Station from the intersection of Hwys 51 and 47 travel south, on Hwy 47, for approximately 3.5 miles and turn left on Woodruff Rd. Clear Lake Ranger Station will be on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest - Clear Lake Area
8282 Woodruff road
Woodruff WI 54568

Phone Number:

Information: (715)356-3668