Lauterman National Recreation Area


If you are looking for a recreation area to explore trails or camp, try the Lauterman National Recreation Area off Highway 70 west of Florence.

The Lauterman National Recreation Area on the Eagle-River Florence Ranger District consists of a small campground with five walk-in/canoe-in campsites complete with tables, tent pads, fire rings and wilderness-style toilets along Lauterman Lake.

Day use facilities include a lake great for canoeing, kayaking and year round fishing. Access to the Lauterman National Recreation Trail, one of the most popular trail systems in the area that offers good hiking and mountain biking opportunities, as well as being groomed for cross-country skiing (traditional). It includes three loops with one loop for beginning skiers. An added feature is an Adirondack-style shelter that provides a rest or picnic stop for hikers and skiers alike. This trail connects with Perch Lake to the north and the Pine River and Chipmunk Rapids Campground to the south. A trail map is available at the trailhead.

So, if you like to canoe, fish, hike, or mountain bike then the Lauterman National Recreation Area is the place for you. The Lauterman National Recreation Area is pet friendly; See restrictions below for more information.

At a Glance

Reservations: There are no reservable sites at the Lauterman National Recreation Area.  All sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fees There is a $5 day use fee. The Forest also has an annual pass available for $30. To learn more visit Individual campsite fee is $5, or $2.50, per night with the use of an Interagency pass (access or senior). The interagency pass applies only to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass holder, not to any additional fees or campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass holder's party.  
Open Season: Year - Round
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Restrictions: Restrictions for all National Forest System lands can be found by visiting Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations 261 by clicking here. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest specific restrictions can be found in the Occupancy and Use Restrictions for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Closest Towns: Florence, WI.
Information Center: Eagle River - Florence Ranger District

General Information


Access to this trail is from two locations. From Florence, take State Highway 70 west 12 miles to FR 2154. Turn left and go south 1/4 mile to the trailhead on the right. Parking for 12 vehicles is on the left. Or from Florence, take State Highway 70 west 15-1/2 miles to FR 2450 turn left and go south 1 mile to FR 2156. Go southeast 2 miles to trailhead. Parking for 4 vehicles is on left (east).

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Map of Lauterman National Recreation Trail 

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