Attractions and Events

ENTERTAINMENT

MUSEUMS

  • Forest County Historical Society Museum
  • Forest County Potawatomi Cultural Center, Library and Museum
  • Town of Hiles Museum
    • The Town of Hiles Museum is in the Town Hall and Community Building, and the museum is operated and maintained by the Hiles Service Club.  Call for hours of operation.
  • Lumberjack Steam Train
    • Cowboy re-enactment shows are always a popular choice for visitors to the area. Ride the Steam Train into a Historic Logging Camp. The steam train runs out of Laona and transports people to the Camp 5 Museum. The season starts in late June and ends later in August.
  • Mecilkalski Stovewood Museum
    • The Mecikalski Stovewood Building, built at the turn-of-the-century by Prussian immigrant John Mecikalski, is a unique historical structure of real architectural significance. Stovewood architecture is characterized by short-cut logs which are stacked and joined by mortar or clay. This singularly American form of architectural folk art is a preservation project of the Kohler Foundation, Inc. This National Historical Site is the only known commercial example utilizing the stovewood building method in the United States. Many turn of the century exhibits associated with the building's history as a General Store, Saloon, Farmers co-op, Cheese Factory and Blacksmith Shop are displayed.
  • Northwoods Veteran’s Center
    • The Center, located on Crandon’s Main Street across from the Forest County Courthouse square, operates a small museum that contains a collection of military uniforms, equipment, and other military artifacts. The Forest County Courthouse square also includes the Forest County Veterans Memorial, which contains lists of Forest County Veterans, wartime memorials and artifacts. Free admission and the building is open daily.
  • Wabeno Logging Museum
    • Built in 1941 by the Wabeno Lions Club, the museum contains memorabilia and records preserved in a replica of an old logging camp. The Wabeno Logging Museum and Old Wabeno School House in downtown Wabeno are operated by the Town of Wabeno Parks Board. Free admission.  Call for hours of operation.
  • White Lake Area Historical Society Center and White Lake Depot Museum
    • The 440 Locomotive with tender is located outside of the Langlade County Historical Society Museum. The 440 Locomotive is a 2-8-0 Baldwin constructed in 1900, the last steam engine to travel through Antigo in 1957.
    • Langlade County Historical Museum & Deleglise Cabin - open year round.

RECREATIONAL TRAILS

  • Public Snowmobile Trails
    • Forest County - Enjoy snowmobiling in Forest County with over 405 miles of groomed, state-funded trails winding through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. All trails link to both casinos and all hospitality businesses in Forest County, providing many pit stops along the trail for food, lodging, and refreshments.
    • Langlade County - Trails are developed and maintained by the Langlade County Forestry and Recreation Department, and 10 different snowmobile clubs in Langlade County. There are over 550 miles of state approved and user funded snowmobile trails. Langlade County has an excellent reputation on keeping the trails well groomed and marked.
    • Oneida County - Groomed nightly, Oneida County snowmobile trails rank as some of the Midwest’s finest. The communities of Oneida County have been serving snowmobilers for decades. Snowmobilers return to Oneida County year after year for the great snowfall and fantastic trails, as well as the many resorts and restaurants that cater to snowmobilers.
    • Vilas County - Vilas County is one of the world’s premier snowmobiling destinations. We have over 600 miles of spectacular trails that traverse unspoiled wilderness, crossing undeveloped lakes and connecting to scenic Northwoods communities. In all, Vilas County is home to a quarter million acres of public land.
  • Public ATV Trails
    • ATV trails, routes, and trailhead development are always ongoing in Forest County. As a result of the coordination and cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service, Forest County ATV clubs, citizens and townships, Forest County has over 300 miles of ATV routes and 47 miles of state funded ATV trails.
    • Langlade County is home to four main trails that are connected through various road routes. The ATV/UTV trails in Langlade County are open weather permitting after May 1st and close December 1st.
    • The two state trails in Forest County are the Nicolet State Trail and the Wolf River State Trail. The Nicolet State Trail is in eastern Forest County. It is 32 miles long connecting with Oconto County to the south and Florence County to the north. The Wolf River State Trail is 15 miles long and is in the central and southern part of the county. Both trails are abandoned railroad corridors that have been surfaced with gravel and are open year round for ATV, UTV, dual-sport motorcycle, and snowmobile use. These state trails are the ONLY snowmobile trails in the county that are open year round to ATV/UTV use.
  • Cross-Country Ski Trails
    • Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest – Forest County
      • Ed’s Lake Trail: This trail is located on County Highway W between Wabeno and Crandon. The trail is groomed. There is a 2.3 mile loop trail suitable for beginners, with the intermediate trail offering a 2.7 mile loop as well as a 3.5 mile loop.
      • Nicolet North Trail: This trail is located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460, then south on 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. There are 13 miles of groomed trails with several loop opportunities.
      • Anvil Trail: This trail is located 8.5 miles east of Eagle River on Highway 70. There are 12 miles of groomed loop trails ranging from gentle, rolling to hilly.
    • Forest County Forestry Department
      • Otter Springs Trail: This trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon off Highway 8 on Forest Road 2378. This trail has a parking area and ski shelter available. It offers a 1.25 mile loop and .75 mile loop suitable for beginners. The intermediate trail is a 3 mile loop. Groomed for Classic and Skate skiing.
      • Hemlock Lake Ski Trail: This trail is located 1 mile east and 4 miles south of Crandon off County Highway W on Hemlock Lake Road. This is a 2 mile loop trail with parking area. Trail is groomed for Classic skiing only.
    • Langlade County - Maranatha Ski Trail
  • Mountain Biking Trails
    • Chequamegon – Nicolet National Forest
      • Ed’s Lake Trail: This trail is located on County Highway W between Wabeno and Crandon. There are 6 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.
      • Nicolet North Trail: This trail is located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460, then south on 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. There are 13 miles of trail with several loop opportunities. The Nicolet North Trail connects with the Anvil Trail.
      • Anvil Trail: This trail is located 8.5 miles east of Eagle River on Highway 70. There are 12 miles of groomed loop options. In addition to designated trails, all logging roads and undesignated/ unmarked trails within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are open to mountain bikes unless otherwise posted. Information may be obtained at the local Forest Service office located in Laona, (71) 674-4481.
    • Forest County Forestry Department
      • Otter Springs Trail: This trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon off Highway 8 on Forest Road 2378. There are 5 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.
    • Langlade County - Nicolet Roche, Wolf River Mountain Bike Trail and Wolf River State Trail
  • Hiking, Birding and Nature Trails
    • Argonne Experimental Forest Trail: Located 1.5 miles east of Hiles on Highway 32 to Forest Road 2184, then north on 2184 for 1.5 miles to the trailhead. The self-guided loop trail gives the hiker a chance to learn more about northern hardwoods and forest management. The trail features 17 stops along an easy 3/4 of a mile walk which takes about an hour.
    • Ed’s Lake Trail: Ed’s Lake Trail is located on County Highway W between Wabeno and Crandon. There are 6 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.
    • Franklin Lake Trail: Located 9 miles east of Eagle River on Highway 70 to Forest Road 2178, then south on 2178 for 3 miles to Forest Road 2181, then east on 2181 for 5 miles to the campground and trailhead. This is a 1 mile interpretive loop trail that takes you through a tamarack swamp, hemlock cathedral and 300-year old white pines.
    • Halley Creek Bird Trail: Located 5 miles east of Blackwell on Goodman Park Road to Forest Road 2103, then south on 2103 to trailhead. This is a one mile loop trail with bird viewing opportunities in four different habitat types.
    • Hidden Lakes Trail: Use the directions for the Franklin Lake Trail. This is a 4-mile (one way) interpretive trail which begins at Franklin Lake Trail and eventually joins the Luna-White Deer Trail. Discover the molded landscapes of an ice age past, the cycle of seasons and the spiral of ages to come.
    • Knowles Creek Interpretive Trail: Located 9.5 miles east of Wabeno on Highway C to Forest Road 3132, south on 3132 for a 1/2 mile. This is a 1/3 mile barrier free access interpretive trail which follows the north shore of Knowles Creek impoundment.
    • Knowles Creek Impoundment and Interpretive Trail: This 170-acre wetland impoundment is a favorite for wildlife viewers. Open water, marsh, old fields, and forests combine to attract many species including owls, hawks, eagles, loons, and waterfowl. Enjoy a 0.75-mile hiking trail, which has easy access. Located 9.5 miles east of Wabeno on Highway C to Forest Road 3132, south on 3132 for a 1/2 mile. This is also a state designated Watchable Wildlife viewing area.
    • Langlade County:  Ice Age Trail and Wolf River State Trail
    • Laura Lake Walking Trail: This trail, located on Laura Lake, is a 2.25-mile loop. It is of moderate difficulty being uneven and narrow with some exposed rocks and roots. The trailhead is located between the swim area and the boat ramp. Directions: From Laona, follow US Highway 8 northeast for 14 miles. Turn left on FR 2163 and drive 5 miles north to Laura Lake Campground. Parking is available for 7 vehicles.
    • Michigan Rapids Hiking Trail: This hiking trail is of moderate difficulty, being a wide trail with some gentle slopes. In the early spring, some wet areas can be found. Watch for poison ivy at the end of the trail. The trail length is approximately 2 miles that loops around. Directions: From Laona, take US Highway 8 north about 3 miles, to FR 2131. Turn right and go east approx. 12 miles to FR 2134. Turn right and travel south 1.5 miles. Look for trailhead sign on left just south of the Peshtigo River crossing at Burnt Bridge. Parking for 3 vehicles available.
    • Nicolet North Trail: Located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460, then south on 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. There are 13 miles of trail with several loop opportunities. The Nicolet North Trail connects with the Anvil Trail.
    • Otter Springs Skiing and Hiking Trail: The Otter Springs trail is located on a large area of hardwood forest with scenic view of Otter Springs and Bug Lake. The trail is 8 miles in total length. The beginner’s trail is about 0.75 of a mile long located near the graveled parking area. The intermediate trails are hilly and more challenging. The second trail is 1.25 miles in length with hills and curves. The trails are all well marked and groomed. The ski shelter is located between the two intermediate trails. Directions: The trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon, off Highway 8, north on 2378. The trail is entirely on Forest County land and is maintained/developed by Forest County Forestry Department.
    • Pickerel Lake Walking and Biking Trail: The Pickerel Lake trail is 2 miles long, however from Highway 55, there are 4 miles designated for walking/biking. It is good for easy walking and biking, due to it being paved. Directions: Located 18 miles southwest of Crandon. From Crandon take Highway 55, and turn onto Pickerel Lake Road by Hills Still Supper Club. The trail is located next to Pickerel Lake Road.
    • Scott Lake Trail and Shelp Lake Trail: From Hiles head south on Highway 32 to Forest Road 2174, then north on 2174 for 5.5 miles to Forest Road 2183, east on 2183 for 6 miles to the trailheads. The 1/3 mile Scott Lake Trail is located on the south side of 2183. You can walk among some larger diameter eastern white pines, hemlocks and hardwoods. The boardwalk to Shelp Lake is located on the north side of 2183. This short walk will take you out over a floating bog.
    • The Wabeno Barrier-free Boardwalk and Nature Trail completed Phase 3, where visitors can now walk a mile and a half loop along the North Branch of the Oconto River and Range Line Creek through the parks in downtown Wabeno.

CANOE ROUTES

  • Brule River – Forest County. Put in below Brule Lake Dam. Take out at Highway 139 bridge. Length – 18 miles. Water should be medium high. Two rapids.
  • Put in at Burton Wells. Take out at Goodman Park. Length – 6.25 miles. Class II, III, IV rapids. There is one mandatory portage around the falls.
  • Put in at the CCC Bridge. Take out at Burnt Bridge. Length – 9.5 miles. This stretch is for the intermediate canoeist; there are several rocky stretches with rapids. Put in at Burnt Bridge. Take out at Burton Wells. Length 5.75 miles. This stretch contains Class II, III, and IV rapids. There is one portage around Michigan Rapids.
  • USDA Forest Service Campground two miles east of Nelma.
  • Put in at FS Road 2168 to Chipmunk Rapids. Length – 18 miles. Excellent trout fishing. Several rapids. Portage around a dam. Picnic area at Highway 139. Camping area at Stevens Creek and Chipmunk Rapids. Some boulders.
  • Langlade County - Get your adrenaline pumping by going whitewater rafting or kayaking in eastern Langlade County. The famous Wolf River is one of the best whitewater rivers in the Midwest. People who raft or paddle the Wolf River are rewarded with abundant wildlife, outstanding shoreline scenery, and excellent water quality.
  • Put in at Little Rice Dam. Take out at Highway B Bridge. Length – 15 miles. Small, winding stream. Water should be medium high. Numerous beaver dams, wild rice beds, railroad artifacts, and rocky shallows. Very secluded.
  • Peshtigo River – Forest and Marinette Counties. Put in at Big Joe Landing. Take out at CCC bridge. Length – 7.5 miles. Nice stretch of quiet water which is good for the novice or families.
  • Pine River – Forest and Florence Counties. Put in at FS Road 2182 near Haystack Corners. Take out at FS Road 2168. Length – 20 miles. Slow, winding up to Highway 55. Faster with a few difficult rapids after Highway 55. Trout fishing.
  • Popple River – Forest County. Put in at Highway 55, 10 miles north of Argonne. Take out at the Town of Popple River. Water must be high.Two underdeveloped campsites on the route. Brook and brown trout fishing. Very secluded area. One portage, few rapids.
  • Wabikon and Riley Lakes Canoeing Path – Forest County. Put in 6 miles east of Crandon. Aquatic birds such as Osprey and Great Blue Heron live among these lakes. In the hemlock forest, on a peninsula on the west shore, sightings of birds such as the Nashville Warbler can emerge. Wild rice can also be found on these lakes. A stream on the south end leads to Riley Lake, an undeveloped and shallow lake. From there you can paddle the Indian River on the south end upstream to Indian Springs, another marsh community with spring ponds. You can also fish for brook trout on the Indian River and in the springs. This 1,000-acre site is best traveled by canoe. Directions: From Crandon, travel east 5.5 miles on Highway 8/32. Turn south on Potawatomi Trail, to find the boat landing 0.2 of a mile down on the south side of the road, (715) 674-4481 (US Forest Service.
  • Wolf River – Forest and Oneida Counties. Put in at Pine Lake. Take out at Little Rice Lake Dam. Length – 10 miles. Small stream. Water should be medium high. There are a few riffle rapids and occasional beaver dams. Deer, eagle and small mammals are common sights. Secluded area.