Lakewood Outdoor Escape Guide

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Oconto County, Wisconsin is an amazing location for outdoor recreation. Lace up your boots and experience some of the best sites in the Lakewood area. Whether you want to enjoy the serenity of nature or experience the unique challenges of outdoor recreation, Lakewood’s beautiful trails will undoubtedly lead you on your journey. Regardless of your preference -- hiking, biking or cross country skiing, you will find trails in the Lakewood area that suit your needs. For more information, please visit or

Quartz Hill This trail has two sections, one located on the east and one on the west side of State Highway 32. The east section leads across a boardwalk to the top of McCaslin Mountain. It has moderately steep sections, but the view from the top of this quartz rock outcrop is worth the climb. Along the trail to the top, you will pass a quartz crystal deposit with a informational sign which describes how early Native Americans came here to quarry quartz to create their tools. Directions: From Carter, take State Highway 32 south 1 mile. The parking area is on the west side of the highway. A sign with trail map is at the trailhead. To get to the east portion of the trail from the parking lot you must cross over State Highway 32. Be cautious for high speed traffic. Trail Length: The trail section to the east to McCaslin Mountain is 6/10 mile. The section to the west to Carter Tower site is 3/4 mile.

Mountain Fire Lookout Tower The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower is located approximately two and one-half miles north of Mountain, Wisconsin off of Old 32. The public can hike to the top of the tower for a breath-taking view of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Oconto County. The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower was built in 1935 by the U.S. Forest Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was once a part of an extensive lookout tower network in the former Nicolet National Forest. The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower was the first tower in Wisconsin to be placed on the National Historic Lookout Register and the National Register of Historic Places. It was the 41st lookout tower to be registered in the United States. The tower was taken out of service in 1970 and was last restored in 1994. The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower was restored in 2015-2016 through a partnership between the LakewoodLaona Ranger District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest with financial assistance from the Oconto County Economic Development Corporation, numerous local businesses, organizations, communities and residents. Employees from the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District spent more than 500 hours doing the restoration work. Today, the 100-foot steel tower with a 7-by-7-foot cab is one of the few remaining lookouts on the east side of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The tower is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset from May 1 (weather depending) to October 31. Of the original 14 fire lookout towers located on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the Mountain Fire Lookout Tower is the only tower open for visitors to climb.

Photo Credit: Myron Wilson


From Mountain, take Hwy 32 North, turn right onto Sparky’s Lane, then left on Old 32 Road. 2 1/2 miles to entrance sign on the right hand side of the road. A gravel road leads you to the parking area. ATVs/UTVs are not allowed on the trail up to the tower.

Butler Rock Hike up the newly developed trail to Butler Rock, in the Town of Brazeau, to reach the county’s highest point. This two mile sand trek is not for the faint-hearted, but the views are spectacular. Directions:

In Mountain, turn right onto Old 64 Road/Old Hwy 64, sharp right onto Butler Rock Road and turn left onto Butler Rock Lookout Lane. Photo Credit: Jori Risner

Hagar Mountain Access difficulty is moderate and will require walking around some outcrops to find the easiest access to the top. User created paths may be present in some places. Footwear with good ankle support is recommended, and rocks can be slippery when wet. Directions: From the intersection of State Highway 32 and County Highway W in Mountain, Wisconsin, go east on W 3 miles to the junction with Bear Paw Road (FR 2630). Continue on W 0.5 mile to a cabin at Fire #13124. Park along Highway W. To reach Hagar Mountain, go north on a foot trail that runs along the property line from the east side of the cabin. Please do not trespass on private land. Alternatively, follow Baldwin Creek south into the southern portion of the site.

Photo Credit: Kay Collins

Photo Credit: Kristin Stankewicz

Forest Service arborists determined these massive conifers began growing in 1735 to 1740 – they’re older than our country!

Cathedral Pines

Cathedral Pines is a 40-acre grove of white pine, hemlock and red pine that escaped cutting by lumberjacks in the 1900s. Located in the Chequamegon–Nicolet National Forest’s Lakewood-Laona Ranger District, this dynamic and exceptionally scenic old-growth forest is one of the few remaining stands of towering pine and hemlock in Wisconsin. About the site and when to visit: The Cathedral Pines site has a parking lot for up to four vehicles, an interpretive sign and a 0.3-mile-long gravel trail. There are no restrooms or trash facilities here, so please plan accordingly. While the best time to visit Cathedral Pines is from May through October, there is plenty to see and enjoy throughout the year. Be aware that portions of Cathedral Drive are very narrow and some portions are part of the snowmobile trail. Also, the roadway may be impassible in winter since it is not plowed.

Slippery Rock

Who needs an indoor water park? Slippery Rock is a natural rock formation in the Oconto River that forms a water slide. Slippery Rock is one of the biggest family attractions at Oconto County’s Chute Pond Park & Campground in Mountain. The natural water slide from the lake, down and around the dam, is perfect for children and adults with tubes and small rafts. Located in Chute Pond County Park & Campgrond off Hwy 32 in Mountain.

Photo Credit: Kevin Voss

Lakewood Cross Country Ski Trail

The Lakewood Ski Trail winds through beautiful, wooded settings with rolling hills. The 25 kilometer main trail, known as the blue trail is continuous between McCaslin Brook Country Club and County F. Several secondary loops connect to the blue trail. The blue trail is maintained for both traditional crosscountry skiing and ski skating. Trails are groomed in accordance with snow conditions. When trails are being groomed there is no walking, snowshoeing or pets allowed on the trails. The trails are groomed under a Special Use Permit by Lakewood Ski Trail. For the latest updates call the Lakewood XC Ski Trail Hot Line at 715-622-1754. In the summer season, mountain bikes are welcome, but are not allowed on the golf course part of the trail. Directions:

Take County Highway F east from Lakewood. Trail access points are at McCaslin Brook Country Club, Old Highway 32 (FR 2106), Smyth Road (FR 2101), Sullivan Springs Road (FR 2330), and County Highway F at Riverside Road.

McComb Nordic Ski Trails

The McComb Nordic Ski Trails are cross-country trails that are tracked and groomed for classic skiing during the winter months when conditions allow. A trail map is located at the trailhead. The trails are open to hiking year-round. When groomed for cross countryskiing, please refrain from walking on the groomed portion of the trail. Directions:

From the town of Mountain, follow County Highway W west for 1 mile to McComb Lake Road (FR 2311). Turn left and go south 2 miles to parking area on the left (east) side of the road. Space is available for approximately 30 vehicles.

Holt & Balcom Logging Camp

The Holt and Balcom Logging Camp No. 1 was built in 1881, and used until 1929; it was one of the last in the area to close. We believe it is the oldest logging camp in the United States still standing on its original site. In 1949 the camp was given by the Holt Lumber Company to the Oconto County Historical Society. In 1970 the camp passed to the McCaslin Lions Club which restored the building and began offering tours. In 2007 the Oconto County Historical Society again became the owner of the camp, and in 2008 the Society undertook a major renovation which was completed in 2013. Hours & Directions: The Camp is open Saturdays during July and

August from 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m. For special tours, please call 715-276-3505. Take Highway 32 to Lakewood. Go east on County F to McCauslin Brook Golf Course. Go right on Logging Camp Road. Park in the golf course parking lot. The museum is located behind the golf course clubhouse.

Mountain Log Home Museum

The historic log cabin and bridge site is located at a wayside on the southbound Highway 32/State Trunk Highway 64 in Mountain.

Boot Lake Beach

Scenic 263-acre lake. Bask in the sun on the beautiful beach and then take a relaxing dip in the lake, or enjoy the fishing. Boot Lake contains walleye, northern pike, bass, musky, and panfish. In addition, several nearby streams offer excellent trout fishing, and the Wolf River provides fishing, rafting, and first-class canoeing opportunities. There is a $5 day use pass for the boat landing and beach. This does not apply to registered campers. Directions: From the intersection of Highway 32 and County Road T in Townsend, drive south on T 5.6 miles to the campground.

Wheeler Lake Beach

Wheeler Lake is a 281-acre clear lake located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Visitors have access to the lake with a public boat landing and a sandy beach. There is a nominal carload fee for the use of the park. Wheeler Lake Beach is located off County Hwy F in Lakewood.

Bass Lake Beach

Bass Lake Beach is located in the ChequamegonNicolet National Forest and is a peaceful spot to spend a summer afternoon. There is a nominal carload fee for use of the park. The 145-acres of clear water provides a great swimming area for the family and includes picnic tables and a bath house. Directions: North of Mountain, go west on Hwy 64 approximately 6 miles to County T. Turn right or north on T and follow signs to Bass Lake.

Reservoir Dam

The dam is 3 miles southwest of Townsend. From the south side of Townsend go west on County Road T for 2.5 miles and turn right onto E. Burnt Dam Road; then turn left in 0.6 miles; then right in 0.11 mile on Roosevelt Street and in one block right onto Park Street; then one block to dam. Drainage from this dam creates McCaslin Brook.

Townsend Dam

This dam is in the southwest corner of the Town of Townsend. From downtown Townsend go South on Route 32 to County Road T and turn right, go 0.36 miles and turn right onto E. Townsend Dam Road and take it to its end at a parking lot at the dam.

Photo Credit: Myron Wilson

Chute Pond Dam

The original Chute Pond Dam was built about 1853 to store water for the logging drives down the Oconto River. In 1935 the old wooden chute dam was replaced. The dam is located inside Chute Pond Campground on Hwy 32.

Photo Credit: Myron Wilson

Rustic Road Nicolet National beautiful wooded wildlife and birds. feature is the Lookout Tower. It

Trail and cross country ski trails. Length: 9.4 miles Location: Northeast and County F.

Wisconsin Departmment of Transportation

Photo Credit: Myron Wilson

Townsend Ice Rink

Rink is located south of the ball field on Pickerel Lake Road. There will be a variety of skates available and benches for seating. For rink conditions, please call 715-276-6856. No charge to use the rink.

Riverview Ice Rink

Test our your skills at the Riverview Town Hall ice skating rink. Skates are available for use, but supplies are limited. Walkers available to add stability for those who haven’t skated in a while or new. The rink is located at 15471 Hwy 32 in Mountain around the back of the building. For rink conditions, please call 715-276-6914. No charge to use the rink.

Fishing Lake Name

Size in Acres

Max Depth

Anderson Lake



Archibald Lake



Bass Lake



Bass Lake



Bear Paw Lake



Big Horn Lake



Big Island Lake



Boot Lake



Boulder Lake



Boundary Lake



Chain Lake



Chute Pond



Crooked Lake



Gilkey Lake



Green Lake



Grindle Lake



Hills Pond



Horn Lake



Lake John



Little Gillett Lake



Maiden Lake



McComb Lake



Munger Lake



Nelligan Lake



Paya Lake



Pickerel Lake



Pine Ridge Lake



Reservoir Pond



Surprise Lake



Townsend Flowage



Waubee Lake



Wheeler Lake



All lakes listed offer public access.

Photo Credit: David Hedquist

Snow Falls Creek State Natural Area

Snow Falls Creek is a boulder-strewn trout stream originating in Sullivan Springs and Hickey Springs to the north, and joining the North Branch of the Oconto River south of this 350-acre State Natural Area. It is located within the Nicolet National Forest. The stream is bordered by white cedar, balsam fir and black ash, while tall white pines dominate the forest. Ravines and uplands west of the creek support hemlock, beech, sugar maple and basswood. This beautiful property holds warblers of all species, Wood and Hermit Thrushes, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Directions: From Lakewood, drive east and north 3 miles on Cty F, then east 0.3 mile on Smyth Road, then south 2.3 miles on Sullivan Springs Road (FR 2330), then drive or walk southwest 1.4 miles on FR 2944 to the Snow Falls Creek crossing. Follow the creek south into the site. Signature species: Blackburnian Warbler, Least Flycatcher, and Red-shouldered Hawk. Rare Species: Merlin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Yellow-throated Warbler.

Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber was created in 1975 with the intention of promoting the beautiful area in which it is located. This includes the townships of Townsend, Mountain, Doty, Riverview and Lakewood. While the Chamber offers many opportunities to promote your business/organization, it offers an opportunity to join with other businesses/organizations to promote our communities as a destination for vacationers, tourists and visitors! If our abundant and beautiful natural resources are our calling card (Reasons For the Season...Naturally) then our businesses, organizations and activities provide an opportunity to have a truly memorable visit.

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