Long Lake Recreation Area

The Long Lake Recreation Area features two picnic areas and a swim beach with buoys on 32-acre Long Lake, a clear-water lake just west of Washburn on Forest Road 251.

There is a large picnic area with a designated swim beach located at the east end of the lake. It has accessible with paved trails to the picnic area, pedestal grills, water and vault toilets.  There is a large paved parking area that provides access to OHV (ATV and UTV) trails.
The carry-in boat landing, located on the west end of the parking area (Forest Road 1890A), provides access to Long Lake that is great for panfish and bass. It is also very popular for paddling - both kayaks and paddleboards. There are picnic tables and pedestal grills at this location as well.
This is a great place to bring your family for a day and enjoy the sandy beach! 
There is a one-mile long trail around Long Lake that features a boardwalk over a bog that is great for birding and wildlife watching. Long Lake Recreation Area is one of our dog friendly recreation areas. 
This area is also popular during the winter months for ice fishing and snowshoeing. Visitors also like to bring their dogsled teams and use the unplowed roads around Long Lake. 

At a Glance

Fees: There is a $5 day use pass for this recreation site. The Forest also has an annual pass available for $30. The USDA Forest Service honors all four Interagency Recreation Passes that may be applied at National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife sites charging recreation use fees.
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. Pets and Animals
  • Pets must always be restrained or on a leash while in developed recreation areas.
  • Pets (except guide dogs) are not allowed in swimming areas.
  • Saddle or pack animals are prohibited.
Restroom: Vault toilets

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Long Lake is popular for fishing. The lake has blue gills, small mouth bass, and other pan fish.

Ice Fishing

This is a great place to ice fish in the winter.

Day Hiking

There is a 1-mile trail around Long Lake.

Viewing Wildlife

The Long Lake trail is a great place to watch wildlife like loons, muskrats, eagles and much more!


The area features two picnic areas on each end of the lake. 

Boating - Non-Motorized

Long Lake is popular for paddling - kayaking and paddleboarding.


The area has a designated swim beach that is sandy.

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

The 1-mile Long Lake trail is popular for snowshoeing in the winter months. 

Recreation Areas

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