Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Year-Round Recreation

The Chequamegon–Nicolet National Forest is actually two national forests that together cover over 1.5 million acres. Lying within the Chequamegon National Forest are two officially designated wilderness areas; the Porcupine Lake Wilderness and the Rainbow Lake Wilderness.
These national forests are best known for recreation,  including camping, hiking, fishing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling.
Chequamegon National Forest offers activities for all seasons. In warmer months, explore the forest’s mountain biking trails, go horseback riding, or try your hand at geocaching. As snow blankets the landscape, get out and go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or snowmobiling on groomed trails.

Fishing in Chequamegon–Nicolet

Brook trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout are found in many miles of excellent streams. Walleye, small and large mouth bass, crappie, northern pike, and many species of panfish make the area’s lakes famous for fresh water fishing. Let’s not forget… a world-record making muskie, (Wisconsin’s state fish) was caught in these waters!

An Array of Hiking Trails

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner, Chequamegon National Forest offers an array of hiking trails to suit every skill level and preference. 
From leisurely walks to challenging treks, discover the forest’s beauty on foot. Follow trails that wind through old-growth forests, meander alongside pristine rivers, or ascend to breathtaking vistas offering panoramic views. Lace up your boots and embark on an unforgettable hiking adventure.