Lost Lake Wilderness Area

Situated on a beautiful, clear lake and surrounded by old-growth forest, this 1,000-acre site is ideal for the birdwatcher. Trails, including the “Assessors Trail” - an historic interpretive trail, lead around the lake and through majestic hemlock and maple/birch hardwood forest. The lake edge is a good place to see and hear Great Blue Heron, loons and ducks. Lost Lake is a Nicolet National Forest Breeding Bird Survey site.

Directions: From Florence travel west 17 miles on Hwy 70, then south on Forest Road 2450 one mile, then southeast on Chipmunk Rapids Road one mile, then east and south 2 miles on Forest Road 2156 (Halsey Lake Road) to Lost Lake. Access the campground on FR 3774. Access the Organizational Camp complex on the south side of the lake. Gravel parking lot for 6 cars at the“Assessors Trail.”

Gazetteer: Page 90, A-4 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 38, B-2 (10th edition).

Amenities: 16-site campground at Lost Lake (open May 1-Oct 20), as well as cabins that can be rented mid-May thru mid-October (contact the Eagle River office of the Forest Service). Restrooms, drinking fountain, gravel trails.

Phone: 715/479-2827 (US Forest Service).

Lost Lake map

Web site: Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Signature Species: Blue-headed Vireo, Pine Warbler, Black and White Warbler, and Blackburnian Warbler.

Rarities: Boreal Chickadee, Bald Eagle, Nashville Warbler, and Osprey.

Admission: Fee to camp; if you don’t camp, parking fee is $3/day or $10 annual.

Seasonality: Best in spring and summer.

Accessibility: Partial - one loop of the interpretive trail is wheelchair accessible.

Nearest food & lodging: Florence, 20 miles east.