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, walleye, northern pike, 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.
Courthouse Weather Station information can be found HERE
Park Online Reservations
Public Involvement – US 8 Project
Shoreland Zoning Changes June 2022
Shoreland Zoning Changes June 2022 (2)
Park Tree Donation
Veteran’s Memorial Park
went under major renovations in 2021 thanks to the generosity of Flannery
Construction and Lake Metonga Association. In order to complete the full
renovation many of the existing trees needed to be removed. Now that the work
is complete, we would like to replant trees at the park and campground for
campers and visitors to enjoy privacy and shade.
If you are interested in
purchasing a tree “in memory of” someone special or as “donated by” your family
or business please fill out the form below and return to Forest County Forestry
and Recreation Department.
We will have a large plaque
put up at the Caretakers Cabin and the names will be displayed on the plaque
for all to see.
The donation cost is $200
per tree, this will cover the purchase and planting of each tree. Donation forms
can be found on the Forest County Website at www.co.forest.wi.us or on the
Forestry and Recreation website at www.forestcountywi.com
For more information please
contact the Forestry and Recreation Department at 715-478-3475.
8:30 a.m. –
Monday - Friday
Courthouse is closed on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
January 3, 2022
½ day Good Friday
April 15, 2022
May 30, 2022
July 4, 2022
September 5, 2022
November 24, 2022
Day after Thanksgiving
November 25, 2022
December 23, 2022
December 26, 2022