Round Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A thicket of wild pink roses along a flowing river with the Round Lake bridge in the background.

The trail system provides access to the 3600-acre Round Lake Semi-Primitive Non-Motorized Area.  This unique area has numerous foot trails and old road grades totaling 11 miles.  The area contains the origin of the South Fork of the Flambeau River (great for paddling); stands of towering, old-growth white pine and hemlock forests surrounding Tucker Lake; and a restored logging dam dating back to the 1800s. The trail terrain varies from fairly gently rolling slopes and steeper ridges to occasional low wet areas that may be inaccessible during summer months. The area provides access to dispersed camping opportunities within the semi-primitive non-motorized area. There is a lot of human history associated with this area and when walking along the trails you can almost conjure up what is was like during the logging era of the 1800s.  

A shorter, half-mile trail takes you across the historic Round Lake Logging Dam. Imagine the water's spray and rush of heavy logs as they pile through the timbered sluices, clamoring downriver on the spring log drives. Interpretive displays are along the trail sharing information about the logging era and Round Lake. 

The area also features a paved boat landing accessing Round Lake which is a chain of lakes that also connects to Pike, Amik and Turner lakes.  The area also serves as a trailhead for the Flambeau Motorized Trail.  Trailhead parking is available at the boat landing parking lot. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Boat landing and Trails open.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Boat ramp,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees There is a $5 day use pass for this recreation site. The Forest also has a annual pass available for $30. To learn more visit  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. Visit to decide which pass is right for you.
Closest Towns: Fifield
Information Center: Medford - Park Falls District

General Information


Directions:  From Fifield, drive east on Highway 70 for 20 miles.  Turn left (north) on Forest Road 144 and drive 2 miles to Forest Road 535.  Turn right (east) on 535 and continue to the trailhead parking.

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Day Hiking

The area features 11 miles of trails through the Round Lake Semi-Primitive Non-Motorized Area. A half-mile interpretive trail also goes around the logging dam.

Difficulty Level: Easy

OHV Riding & Camping

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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Picnic tables
Interpretive Site
Boat ramp
Fee charged for some activities
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