DNR Parks And Recreation News Property Highlight: Flambeau River State Forest

flambeau river state forest in winter

The Flambeau River State Forest is a beautiful place to find your winter adventure. / Photo Credit: Joe Kraetke

Property Highlight: Flambeau River State Forest

Cross-Country Skiing

The Flambeau River State Forest has 14 miles of cross-country ski trails groomed for both skate and classic skiing, providing opportunities for a variety of skill levels. Access to the ski trail in the north is located on Highway 70 and County Road W to the south. A self-registration station is also located at the trailhead. Other trails on the property are open to skiing but are not groomed.

trail pass is required for all skiers 16 years of age and older. Check out current conditions on our website or Travel Wisconsin’s skiing and snowboarding and snow conditions reports for updated trail conditions.


There are many opportunities for hiking in the forest. Nature trails without interpretive signs can be found at both the Connors Lake Campground and Lake of the Pines Campground. Vehicle admission stickers are required for parking at the campgrounds. No trail pass is needed for the nature trails.

Hiking is allowed on the Flambeau Hills Ski Trail during summer, and in winter whenever the trails are not groomed for cross-country skiing. Visitors can hit the trail in winter for snowshoeing or hiking.

All trails are open during small game and deer hunting seasons. To ensure your safety during these times, avoid brown or white clothing. Instead, wear blaze orange or bright colors (for your dog, too!), including a blaze orange hat.


A variety of camping types are available on the property including Lake of the Pines Campground, Connors Lake Campground, river camping, backpacking camping, primitive hunter camping and the Elk Ridge Yurt.

Check availability on our Going to Camp website.

To learn more about recreational options at this special property, visit our Flambeau River State Forest’s recreation page.