Forest County, Wisconsin

Forest County was named for the thousands of acres of forest that cover the county. Almost 70% of the county consists of State Forests, County Forests and the Nicolet National Forest.

Many of the Forest County rivers and streams form the headwaters of Wild and Scenic Rivers, such as the Wolf, the Brule, the Peshtigo and the Pine.

All of the county is outstanding during the fall color season. The timber is primarily hardwood, which produces the best colors.

There are over 480 miles of trout streams, 824 lakes, 136 Trout Spring Ponds, public mountain biking and ATV trails in Forest County.

This is an especially good area for canoeing, because of the Federal and State Wild Rivers Program. When you canoe these Wild Rivers, you will see no signs, no buildings, and probably, no people. While you are on the Wild Rivers you will feel like the early explorers of this land. Wildlife abounds in the woods, streams and rivers.

Forest County is unique with 70% of the land and 100% of the waters available for a quality plus recreational experiences in hunting, fishing, skiing, camping, snowmobiling and other outdoor activities.


Forest County is also home to the Mole Lake Casino and the Potawatomi Bingo and Northern Lights Casino.

For snowmobilers, there are over 300 miles of groomed and signed trails.The 100 mile Snow Safari Trail, is actually 175 miles of marked and groomed trails through the Nicolet National Forest. There are maps, food and drinks available at trail pit stops throughout the trail system.

For cross country skiers, there are over 70 miles of groomed ski trails, much of this in the Nicolet National Forest.

If you want to hike miles of scenic trails through massive forests, camp in modern or rustic campgrounds, snowmobile and ski on miles and miles of groomed trails, enjoy fishing, hunting, boating, mountain biking or swimming,

You Belong in Forest County


Lodging: Cabins and Cottages in Forest County

Laona, Wisconsin is located on Highway 8, 12 miles east of Crandon in Northeastern Wisconson.

Camp 20 Cabins in Laona are located in the Nicolet National Forest in northeastern Wisconsin. Three newly built log cabins by the Rat River are idea for a peaceful vacation with wonderful outdoor recreation. The cabins are hand crafted from balsam logs and sleep from 2 to 6 guests. Cabins have a complete kitchen, satellite TV, and central air conditioning. Two cabins have a wood-burning fireplace and one has a gas fireplace. Easy snowmobile and ATV trail access. Camp 20 Cabins, 4534 Smith Lane, Laona, WI 54541 Phone: (715) 674-3814

The village of Laona is surrounded by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. . . a forest filled with tall trees, scenic lakes, rivers, & streams, and abundant wildlife. The Nicolet National Forest offers fabulous outdoor recreation including swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, wildlife watching, and sightseeing.

For information and trail maps contact:
Laona Ranger Station
4978 Highway 8 W
Laona, WI 54541
Phone: 715-674-4481

Lake on Highway 8 near Laona


World's Largest Soup Kettle in Laona, Wisconsin.
The Lions Club has a Community Soup cookout at Silver Lake the first week in August.
Everybody Welcome to come and enjoy our delicious soup.



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