The Nicolet National Forest has many excellent hiking trails. To explore the majestic beauty of the Northwoods try one of the following trails;
Franklin Lake Nature Trail
Giant Pine Trail
Spectacle Lake/Kentuck Lake Trails
Luna-White Deer Trail
Sevenmile Lake Trail
Sam Campbell Memorial Hiking Trail
Birding in Three Lakes
BIRD CITY WI destination since 2012. Birding opportunities are abundant in Three Lakes, as noted by it being designated a Bird City, WI destination. The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology rates two areas within the Three Lakes township as “Birding Hot Spots”.
The Nicole National Forest, with its lakes and wetlands along with the thick overgrowth of tamarack, cedar, spruce, alder and willow offer opportunities for novice and experienced birdwatchers. Amongst the beauty of the landscape are Grey Jays, Boreal Chickadees, and Black-backed Woodpeckers along with 20+ Warbler species during the summer months.
The 3,000 acre Thunder Lake Wildlife Area offer the birdwatcher a unique opportunity. Within its diverse topography consisting of marshland, tamarack and spruce forest, birdwatchers may observe Osprey, Spruce Grouse, Kingfishers, Boreal Chickadee, and Grey Jay. There are also number of woodpeckers – including the Pileated and Three-Toed Woodpecker in addition to Yellow Rails, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, and Hooded-Mergansers. Visit www.threelakes.com to download a checklist of birds common to Three Lakes.
Three Eagle Trail Foundation Inc.
The Three Eagle Trail is an 8.5-mile long pedestrian pathway with a ten foot wide crushed limestone surface. It begins in Three Lakes at the Don Burnside Park, and heads north up the old Chicago & Northwestern Rail right-of-way. It follows the rail grade for about 3.5 miles, then winds its way west through a beautiful landscape of woodlands and wetlands to a very quiet and remote area so be prepared. Water, a first aid kit, insect repellant and bike repair tools are recommended. The northern end of the trail follows Sundstein Road, on its way to Eagle River. There is a small parking area on Sundstein Road, adjacent to the trail.
The trail is an excellent way for the entire family to enjoy the northwoods while getting some fresh air and exercise. Motor vehicles are not allowed on the trail except for snowmobilers on the southern rail grade section during snowmobile season.
- The Nicolet National Forest Campgrounds:
• Anvil Lake Campground
• Franklin Lake Campground
• Laurel Lake Campground
• Luna/White Deer Campground
• Sevenmile Campground
To reserve a campsite in the Nicolet National Forest please call 877.444.6777.
Local Summer Camps
- Camp Luther
1889 Koubenic Road, Three Lakes
715.546.3647 • 877.264.CAMP
Camp Luther provides summer camp programs, retreat, conference and cottage facilities. With more than 215 acres on the beautiful Three Lakes/Eagle River Chain of Lakes, you’ll find comfortable facilities, cozy cottages, excellent programs, exciting recreation, and a friendly staff. Join us for an unforgettable Christian camping experience. Open year-round.
- Honey Rock Camp
8660 Honey Rock Road
Three Lakes, WI 54562
HoneyRock Camp owned and operated by Wheaton College is a special place where relationships with God and others grow deeper in an environment free of distractions. HoneyRock is a community that is authentic and supportive, where programs are focused on the development of the whole person. Open year ’round.
Golf & Mini Golf
- Big Stone Golf Course & Sports Bar
846 Golf Course Loop Road
Three Lakes, WI 54562
Big Stone Golf Club features a scenic 9 hole golf course, perfect for beginning and advanced golfers. Follow Highway 32 south for two miles to enjoy a round of golf, beverages and a bite to eat while overlooking beautiful Big Stone Lake. Carts are available and there are docking facilities for boaters looking for a cool drink or a relaxing game of golf.
- Eagle Falls Adventure Golf & Laser Tag.
1040 E Tuss Street
Eagle River, WI 54521
This 18 hole adventure mini-golf course features a northwoods fishing camp theme, waterfalls, ponds, fountains and fun! Laser Tag is a state of the art electronic game of tag/hide and seek. Players make their way through a black lite mult-level maze while tagging opponents and targets. Fun for all ages, small and large groups welcome. Eagle Falls Laser Tag can accommodate up to 16 players per game in our large indoor air conditioned arena. Open 10am – 10pm, 7 days a week. Memorial Day to Labor.
In the fall, Three Lakes has great duck and grouse hunting. November brings whitetail deer and bear hunting. Various hunting seasons draw people from all over to experience the Northwoods and the Nicolet National Forest camps.
Motorsport Rentals, Sales & Service:
Sportsman’s Service Center
1451 N. Big Lake Loop Rd.
Sales & Service
Three Lakes Power Sports/Four Seasons Marine
1018 Hwy. 32
Sales & Service
1651 Hwy. 45 N.
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