Part of the Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail (Lake Superior / Northwoods Region), the Powell Marsh Wildlife Area contains 4,300 acres of marshland with an 1,800 acre no-entry wildlife refuge in the middle of the property in effect from Sept. 1 – Dec. 31. View birds, waterfowl & other wildlife from the marsh dikes or at the vista lookout on Powell Road. The marsh is popular for hunters, birders, trappers and hikers. The marsh is located about 3 miles west of Hwy. 51 on Powell Road. For information related to the Powell Marsh Wildlife Area, please call the Woodruff DNR office at 715-356-5211 or the DNR’s Crystal Lake Contact Station at 715-542-2075.
Powell trails within the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest are designated for hiking and skiing. These trails are located another 3.5 miles west Powell Marsh on Powell Road. Trails have been volunteer-groomed for cross country skiing by the North Lakeland Discovery Center since 2006; please call 715-543-2085 to confirm trail conditions. A portion of these trails (about 1/3) are groomed for skate-skiing.