Forest County was named for the thousands of acres of forest that cover the county. Almost 70% of the county consists of State Forests, County Forests and the Nicolet National Forest.
Many of the Forest County rivers and streams form the headwaters of Wild and Scenic Rivers, such as the Wolf, the Brule, the Peshtigo and the Pine.
All of the county is outstanding during the fall color season. The timber is primarily hardwood, which produces the best colors.
There are over 480 miles of trout streams, 824 lakes, 136 Trout Spring Ponds, public mountain biking and ATV trails in Forest County.
This is an especially good area for canoeing, because of the Federal and State Wild Rivers Program. When you canoe these Wild Rivers, you will see no signs, no buildings, and probably, no people. While you are on the Wild Rivers you will feel like the early explorers of this land. Wildlife abounds in the woods, streams and rivers.
Forest County is unique with 70% of the land and 100% of the waters available for a quality plus recreational experiences in hunting, fishing, skiing, camping, snowmobiling and other outdoor activities.
Forest County is also home to the Mole Lake Casino and the Potawatomi Bingo and Northern Lights Casino.
For snowmobilers, there are over 300 miles of groomed and signed trails.The 100 mile Snow Safari Trail, is actually 175 miles of marked and groomed trails through the Nicolet National Forest. There are maps, food and drinks available at trail pit stops throughout the trail system.
For cross country skiers, there are over 70 miles of groomed ski trails, much of this in the Nicolet National Forest.
If you want to hike miles of scenic trails through massive forests, camp in modern or rustic campgrounds, snowmobile and ski on miles and miles of groomed trails, enjoy fishing, hunting, boating, mountain biking or swimming,
Lodging: Cabins and Cottages in Forest County
Laona, Wisconsin is located on Highway 8, 12 miles east of Crandon in Northeastern Wisconson.
The village of Laona is surrounded by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. . . a forest filled with tall trees, scenic lakes, rivers, & streams, and abundant wildlife. The Nicolet National Forest offers fabulous outdoor recreation including swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, wildlife watching, and sightseeing.