Welcome to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Explore the Northwoods

Explore the more than 1.5 million acres of waterways and woodlands.

Discover the Chequamegon-Nicolet

Seasonal Trail and Road Closures To Motorized, Equestrian and Bicycle Use through May 1, 2024.

With less snow this winter and warm temperatures thawing soils, recreational trails are soft, muddy and vulnerable to substantial rutting. Trails will be closed until May 1, 2024 to protect the tread from lasting damage. Read more.

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    Photo of a planted white pine sapling surrouned by leaves. Next to it, a shovel sticks out of the dirt.

About the Chequamegon-Nicolet

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin's Northwoods. The USDA Forest Service manages the land for multiple uses including forestry, wildlife habitat, recreation, harvesting of forest products, fisheries, and wilderness and natural areas.

The Chequamegon side of the forest covers about 858,400 acres in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Taylor, and Vilas counties, while the Nicolet side of the forest covers nearly 661,400 acres in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida, and Vilas counties.


David R. Obey Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center Exterior

Re-open For Group Meeting Use + New Hours of Operation
We're open 9 - 5 Tuesday through Saturday, and we're conveniently located along the South Shore of Lake Superior between Minnesota and Michigan on US Hwy 2. Accessible from snowmobile trails!

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