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The Chequamegon-Nicolet is home to over 44,000 acres of Wilderness Areas. Five wilderness areas are located on the Forest - Blackjack Springs, Headwaters, Porcupine Lake, Rainbow Lake, and Whisker Lake. These areas offer the quiet and solitude for those who really want to get back to nature.
If you like to fish, the Chequamegon-Nicolet delivers. Contained within the forest boundaries are over 2000 miles of stream (nearly 1400 miles are classified as trout water), 607 lakes greater than ten acres in size, over 400 spring ponds, and 324,000 acres of wetland.
Highlighted by its unique forest landscapes and abundant wetlands, the Chequamegon-Nicolet is a hiker's paradise. Don't like to hike? The same trails may also be used in the winter by cross-country skiers, and shared in the summer with mountain bikers and horseback riders. If you'd rather not venture outside, try a scenic auto tour.
The Chequamegon-Nicolet currently has 284 miles of developed ATV trails
The Nordic winter winds usher in a thick mantel of snow to the northern Wisconsin region. Cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling are popular activities here when the thermometer drops. The Chequamegon-Nicolet also provides many miles of groomed & tracked cross-country ski trails.
The 1.5 million acre Chequamegon-Nicolet is a hunter's paradise with abundant wildlife and excellent hunting opportunities.
|The Chequamegon-Nicolet charges a recreation user fee for many of its recreation sites. These passes cover most high-use recreation areas and those areas where a substantial investment occurred to provide a recreation facility.|
These areas include:
The various pass options available to visitors are listed below:
- Developed Beaches
- Developed Boat Launches
- Trailhead Parking Areas
- Developed Picnic Areas
- Selected Remote Campsites
|The Interagency Pass is one of several pass options that allows you to gain access to many of standard amenity recreation sites managed by the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, the DOI Bureau of Land Management, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Click here for more information about the Interagency Pass.|
|The annual pass covers most sites on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest that require a fee and is valid for one year from the date of purchase. It's a great option if you plan on visiting multiple times.|
|Daily passes cover most sites on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest that require a fee and can be purchased and printed so that they can be used immediately, offering great convenience to visitors.|