BEST AREAS FOR WILDERNESS CAMPING
CHEQUAMEGON NATIONAL FOREST
This scenic National Forest is made up of three separate tracts of land in the mostly unspoiled reaches of northern Wisconsin. Terrain here is hilly, with some small mountains, outcroppings, and rock walls. Highest point is 1,600-foot St. Peter’s Dome.
There are hundreds of lakes and a number of rivers and streams, plus some swamps and bogs. The region is forested with northern hardwoods, along with pine and hemlock. Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, black bear, coyote, and fox.
Chequamegon has two designated wilderness areas: the 6,600-acre Rainbow Lake Wilderness and the 4,200-acre Porcupine Lake Wildernessalong with 12 Semi-Primitive Non-Motor-ized Areas, adding up to 52,000 acres, where motor vehicles are prohibited.
Activities: Backpacking and hiking are available on approximately 200 miles of trails, including 60 miles of the North Country Trail and a 41-mile segment of the Ice Age Trail (see entries pages 304, 305).
Some trails are appropriate for cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing is another winter option. Biking is possible on roads and suitable trails outside of wilderness areas. Excellent canoeing and kayaking are available on many of the rivers and lakes, as is fishing. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping and campfires are allowed throughout the National Forest, except near public recreation areas or where otherwise prohibited. No permits are necessary. Sites should be at least 50 feet from trails, lakes, and streams.
For Further Information: Chequamegon National Forest, 1170 Fourth Avenue South, Park Falls, WI 54552; (715)762-2461.