Whisker Lake Wilderness

Area Status: Open

Whisker Lake was designated as a wilderness on October 2, 1978. This 7,500 acre tract is located 11 miles west of Florence, Wis., on the Michigan-Wisconsin border in Florence County. The area got its name from the large pines near the shoreline of Whisker Lake. Old timers called these pines "chin whiskers". These "chin whiskers" somehow escaped being burned by wildfires that ravaged the area after it was railroad-logged in the early 1900's. The terrain within the Whisker Lake area ranges from rolling upland to beaver flooded wetlands. Trout fishing is available at Riley Lake, Edith Lake, Wakefield Creek and the Brule River. Berry picking, hunting, cross-country skiing and wildlife viewing are just some of the activities you can enjoy during your visit.

At a Glance

Restrictions: The possession or use of motorized or mechanized equipment is prohibited. This includes all motor vehicles, bicycles, outboard and electrical motors, and any wheeled devise for transporting canoes, boats, or equipment. Camping within 100 feet of water or the North Country National Scenic Trail is prohibited. Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days. All State of Wisconsin fishing and hunting regulations and license requirements apply in wilderness areas. Erecting permanent hunting tree stands or ground blinds is prohibited. Storing or leaving a boat, canoe, equipment, personal property, or supplies is prohibited. Disposing of debris, garbage or other waste, except that which is burnable and disposed by fire, is prohibited. 
Closest Towns: Florence
Water: Always bring water and a water filtration device.
Information Center: Eagle River - Florence Ranger District

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Small Game Hunting

Viewing Wildlife

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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