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 




Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 349.16 Forest County highway seasonal weight restrictions will become effective on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM (noon) on ALL POSTED County Trunk Highways in Forest County.

No permission will be given to exceed posted weight limits on any county highway. We would appreciate the publicís cooperation to protect our highways.

This notice does not include town roads. For town seasonal weight restrictions please contact the township directly.


Forestry and Parks Department

All Forest County State funded snowmobile and ATV Trails will officially close as of Monday, March 12, 2018.

Forest County Ordinance prohibits the use of ATV/UTVís on all State funded trails in Forest County during this closure. 

The Nicolet State Trail and Wolf River State Trails will reopen for hiking, biking, horseback riding, dual sport cycles and ATV/UTV use on May 1, 2018.

***2018 HOLIDAY HOURS***
Closed - Monday January 1
Closed at Noon - Friday March 30
Closed - Monday May 28
Closed - Wednesday July 4
Closed - Monday September 3
Closed - Thursday November 22
Closed - Monday December 24
Closed - Tuesday December 25




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