This is the largest of the county forest units, over 9000 acres in size. This unit is located in the NE corner of the county, between the cities of Wausau and Antigo. There are multiple access points throughout the unit. This unit also contains the Bitzke Waterfowl Refuge (83kb PDF), located north of Co. Hwy. G. There are nearly two miles of hiking trails within the refuge. Additional hiking areas are located on the north end of Mill Road, with miles of improved trails that have been seeded and are mowed annually. Most of this forest unit is low and wet ground, dominated by aspen and swamps. There are some hardwood islands and a few scattered spruce plantations throughout the forest. This unit receives substantial hunting pressure in the fall for waterfowl, upland game, deer and bear.
Directions: From Wausau take STH 52 east 14 miles to north on Mill Road 2.5 miles to the parking lot.
Hewitt-Harrison Forest Unit (419kb PDF)
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