Wisconsin DNR

The public has the opportunity to submit comments on a proposal to open 35 miles of existing roads in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest to motorized access during hunting times. But officials say this proposal is not for ATV's and UTV's.

The limited-term access would be between September 1 to the last day of the December four-day antlerless gun deer season.

Forest property manager Craig Dalton says this proposed modification of the master plan is not related to recent discussiona about ATV/UTV use on the state forest....

Wisconsin DNR

The public will have an opportunity to comment on plans for expanded ATV-UTV trails in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.

Approximately 11 miles of all-terrain and utility vehicle routes on Department of Natural Resources roads in the forest are proposed. The roads proposed for ATV/UTV designation will contribute to the eventual completion of a north-south route through the forest, connecting communities and providing additional recreation opportunities says Cameron Bump, DNR regional trails coordinator.

Wisconsin DNR

All terrain vehicles will be allowed for the first time in Wisconsin's largest state forest.

The state Natural Resources Board voted 7-0 Wednesday to designate up to 205 miles of trails for A-T-V and ultra terrain vehicle use in the Northern Highland/American Legion State Forest in the Northwoods. It was part of an overall recreation plan that includes more biking and off road motorcycle trails, plus more modern camping areas.

Wisconsin DNR

Proposed changes to the master plan for one of Wisconsin's most popular recreation spots is open for public inspection. A draft amendment proposal for the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest Master Plan is available for public review and comment through September 17.

The Northern Highland American Legion State Forest is 232,000 acres and is located in Vilas, Oneida and Iron counties. It was born in 1925 to protect the headwaters of the Wisconsin, Flambeau and Manitowish rivers.


The last of three public meetings on amending the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest master plan concerning recreation was held last week, but more revisions are likely says an official. The DNR held the hearings to see what issues need to be addressed after the legislature directed them to do so.The forest is the state's largest and most visited property.

Wisconsin DNR

An open house is planned for Woodruff Wednesday afternoon to give the public a second chance to comment on a plan to open more state forests to logging.

The DNR is proposing a variance to the master plans for the northern forests, including the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest that will classify 75 percent of the state's northern forests as forest production areas.


The Natural Resources Board Wednesday approved a change in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest master plan requested  by Camp American Legion.

The change allows use of an additional 225 acres to provide accessible trails and hunting opportunities at Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk.

Forest Superintendent Steve Peterson says the American Legion has operated the camp on Big Carr Lake and Little Lake Tomahawk since 1925 with a number of leases. He says there was an agreement that if they needed more land again, the state would work with  them...


If approved, veterans will have exclusive access to 225 acres of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest for accessible trails and hunting opportunities.

A public meeting is set for Thursday to get public comment on the amendment to the Forest Master Plan.

Forest superintendent Steve Petersen says Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk serves veterans and families who have medical needs. He says the Camp would like to provide other programming for their veterans...

Wisconsin DNR

Comments are being sought on proposed changes to the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and the Willow Flowage master plans.

State Forest Superintendent Steve Petersen says they are making some adjustments to previous master plans because of some recent changes...