County forest recreation guide

Oneida County is a place for people who love the outdoors. Nearly a quarter of the land in the county is public, open for anyone to enjoy. These lands include more than 80,000 acres managed by Oneida County. This county-owned land is broken into three sections, called “blocks,” that are home to winding trails, wild streams and vast tracts of hardwoods. Here’s a quick guide to help you explore each section of this wild forest. 

Cassian/Woodboro Block

In south central Oneida County, this 15,000-acre block includes a nice mix of Northwoods landscape. The forest includes aspen, oak, hardwood and pine trees. The Cassian/Woodboro Block includes bogs, wetlands and marshes, so it’s a great place for birdwatching. It’s also a popular silent sports destination; the Washburn Lake Trail, Nose Lake Trail and the Cassian Two-Way Ski Trail are all located in this block. The trailheads for all have parking and are ideal places to enter the forest. See a map of the forest block here.

Enterprise block

The Enterprise block is a square section of county forestland that covers 20,000 acres in southeast Oneida County. The forest is a mix of hardwoods, aspen, oak, balsam fir and spruce trees, and it has a nice mix of recreation options. In the southwest corner of the block, you’ll find the Enterprise Campground and ATV trail. In all, the Enterprise block has 12 miles of off-road ATV trails. In the northeast corner of the block there’s also a fat bike and primitive ski trail. The Enterprise Block is bordered by Lincoln and Langlade County. See a map here.

Lynne/Little Rice block

This block in the southwest corner of Oneida County is the largest section of county forest, covering more than 40,000 acres. It has a nice mix of trails and relaxation spots. There’s a picnic area and boat landing at a small lake called Bass Lake; there’s another picnic area near a scenic river spot (Willow Rapids) and a popular recreation trail, the Lynn/Little Rice ATV Trail System. That system includes 20 miles of woodland trails and 16 miles of connecting ATV road routes. You can access the trails on the north side of the forest block; you’ll find three parking areas. See a map here.

Interested in more trails? Order our free Travel & Trail Guide and explore many more miles of forest beauty.

 

Fallison Lake Trail

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A beautiful, very hilly trail, with spectacular view of Fallison Lake. Booklets on wildlife, flora and trail history are available from the DNR Trout Lake Office & at the trail head from mid-May to mid-September as well as interpretive signage along the trail. Bicycling & pets are not allowed on this trail. Cross-country skiing is allowed on these ungroomed trails; however, there are sets of stairs you may need to walk around.
Length: Loops of .5, 1.0, 2.0 and 2.5 miles.
Location: Head north from St. Germain on Highway 155 to Sayner. Head west on N about 5 miles. Trail head is across from Crystal Lake Campground on Highway N west of Sayner.

 

Minocqua Winter Park

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  • Heated chalet with café, day lodge and indoor waxing area
  • Trails range from beginner to advanced
  • Groomed cross-country ski trails
  • Snowshoeing allowed, on designated trails
  • Trail pass required, can be purchased on-site

Directions: Take Hwy 70 west of Minocqua to Squirrel Lake Rd, then 6 miles south to Scotchman’s Lake Rd, then east to the park.

Washburn Lake Trail

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  • Hilly terrain, intermediate to advanced
  • Separate ski and snowshoe trails
  • Groomed for skating and diagonal skiing
  • Single track bike trails
  • Heated shelter available at Perch Lake trail head
  • Trail pass required for skiing, biking and snowshoeing
  • Pets allowed in summer only

Directions: Seven miles west of Rhinelander and 3 miles north of
Woodboro & Hwy 8, just off Washburn Lake Rd.
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