The community of Clam Lake is located in the heart of the 860,000 acre Chequamegon National Forest. Beauty and wildlife abound as does a number of modern comforts. Each season offers a fresh opportunity to experience all the natural allure and recreational opportunities that await your next vacation in Wisconsin's Northwoods.
The dozens of national forest boat landings offer easy access to the Area's many lakes and rivers. Over 50 species of fish occur in the Forest. The more popular species include walleye, brook trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, small mouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, yellow perch, northern pike, and of course the official fish of Wisconsin - the mighty "Muskellunge". The waters of the Chequamegon National Forest are some of the most prized in the state. Upper, Lower and Little Clam Lakes; Day Lake; Black Lake; Moose Lake; Ghost Lake, Teal Lake, Lost Land Lake; The West Fork of the Chippewa River; The Torch River and many more waters are within easy reach from a Clam Lake base camp.
The Forest offers a wide range of recreational fishing and canoeing opportunities. Access ranges from fully developed launching facilities to carry-in with a mile or
more hike. Road crossings provide access to a majority of our warm and coldwater rivers. Of course, ice fishing is a great Northwood's tradition!
There are hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails that wind through the Forest, offering scenic winter beauty to travelers. Northern Wisconsin is known worldwide for its excellent snow conditions and trail systems. The trails are groomed and maintained by many snowmobile clubs in the area and are part of Wisconsin's statewide snowmobile trail network. Some of these same trails offer excellent ATVing the rest of the year.
Miles of designated cross-country ski trails can be found on the National Forest. Trails vary by size and difficulty, but they all offer skiers beautiful and serene experiences, and for many, an ideal escape from the everyday stresses of life! Most trails are groomed for both traditional style skiing and ski-skating. A short drive from Clam Lake will bring you to a number of trail heads including the Torch River, Mukwonago, Rock Lake and Birkie trail systems.
In 1995, 25 elk were experimentally reintroduced into the Chequamegon National Forest near Clam Lake. They were monitored by a research team from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point until 1999. Once the research was completed, the field responsibility for management of the elk herd was transferred to the Department of Natural Resources. Today, the herd is estimated to have reached around 120 animals and growing. Much of the original herd remains within a relatively well-defined range in the vicinity of Clam Lake and can often be seen from Area roadways. Stop in downtown Clam Lake and visit the beautiful downtown park which includes an interactive kiosk featuring updated elk information!
Clam Lake, WI is centrally located to all of the Northwood's recreational opportunities…hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, snowmobiling, golfing, birding…and relaxing. We invite you to experience the serenity, the natural beauty and the outdoor fun that awaits your next visit to the Heart of the Chequamegon National Forest.
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