Twenty five miles of river, 3,200 acres of water and 9,200 acres of forest await you on the Peshtigo River State Forest, the natural gem of Marinette County. Established in 2001, the property is Wisconsin's newest state forest. It was purchased from the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation and includes the Potato Rapids Flowage, located 20 miles southeast of the main forest.
This long, linear state forest borders some of the most beautiful and exciting sections of the Peshtigo River. Anglers know the river's free-flowing portion for its excellent fly-fishing; paddlers brave the Midwest's longest continuous whitewater rapids; and boaters can access more than 3,000 acres of flowage from 15 boat landings.
The Peshtigo River State Forest is located in Northeastern Wisconsin in Marinette County. Neighboring Governor Thompson State Park, in which the Peshtigo River State Forest headquarters is located, offers many additional recreational opportunities.
Hiking and cross country skiing are very popular in the forest. Groomed trails can be found five miles west of Crivitz in the Spring Rapids Trail system. There are five miles of groomed trails that offer steep hills, breathtaking scenery, peaceful serenity and wildlife viewing. Horseback riding and mountain biking are permitted, except during winter months even though there are no designated trails for these activities.