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   

Veteran’s Memorial Park Online Reservations

Shoreland Zoning Changes June 2022

Shoreland Zoning Changes June 2022 (2)



8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Forest County Courthouse is closed on the following holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 3, 2022

˝ day Good Friday
April 15, 2022

Memorial Day
May 30, 2022

Independence Day
July 4, 2022

Labor Day
September 5, 2022

Thanksgiving Day
November 24, 2022

Day after Thanksgiving
November 25, 2022

Christmas Eve
December 23, 2022

Christmas Day
December 26, 2022