Forest County welcomes you! You'll not find a traffic light or a parking meter, but you will find warm and friendly people and a beautiful setting to make your time here memorable.
Forest County was created from portions of Langlade and Oconto counties by an Act of the Legislature in 1885. The county was given the name Forest because of the dense forest which covered the county when it was created.
Forest County has an abundance of lakes totaling 21,882 acres. Its network of waterways is unique and consists of 850 miles of fabulous trout streams. There are 824 named lakes in Forest County where pan fish, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleyed pike, pickerel, and muskies are common.
Forest County has the third highest part of our state. Sugar Bush Hill, just off State Highway 32 and US Highway 8 between Laona and Crandon, has an elevation of 1,939 feet above sea level.
Opportunities for recreation abound here, with acres of Nicolet National Forest land waiting to be explored, beautiful lakes, rivers and streams for all types of water sports and unique spots for dining and socializing with friends. Whatever your plans, Forest County is waiting to do what we can to help you enjoy your time.
PUBLIC ANOUNCEMENT - Starting March 1, 2013 the Courthouse will be OPEN during the lunch hour. The following offices will be open: Child Support, Clerk of Court, County Clerk, District Attorney, ADRC, Health Department, Social Services, Commission on Aging, Zoning, Highway, Forestry, Sheriff. Due to limited staffing the County Treasurer and the Register of Deeds office may be unavailable. We adivse the public to please call ahead to make sure the offices will be open the day of your visit.