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4/24/2013 11:07:00 AM
CNNF to delay opening of campgrounds, recreational trails
Snow has delayed the opening of campgrounds and recreational trails on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.Contributed photograph

Snow has delayed the opening of campgrounds and recreational trails on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Contributed photograph


Much of the 1.5 million acres of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) has experienced more snow fall than normal. It is anticipated that the opening of the CNNF’s 53 developed campgrounds will be delayed due to these conditions. 

Visitors are encouraged to check the web site or call the district offices to check on opening dates. We recognize this is an issue for visitors and work will be done to get the campgrounds open as soon as possible.

Recreational trails across the CNNF will also be opening later than usual.  All trails will be closed due to the snow pack and wet conditions until approximately May 17. Trails on the Lakewood-Laona District will open on May 10 if conditions allow. 

Conditions for both campgrounds and trails will be assessed on a regular basis. If there are changes allowing for earlier openings we will notify the public right away.

“We ask for the public’s understanding with this delay. During a normal spring we get all the campgrounds open in time for the opening of fishing season, unfortunately Mother Nature is just not going along with that plan this year. We know this can make it hard for visitors to plan ahead and we will keep people up to date on changing conditions,” forest supervisor Paul Strong said.

To check on the latest status of campgrounds and recreational trails go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/cnnf, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CNNF002, or call the district office in the area you wish to check on.

Note: The Tuscobia State Trail is open to motorized and non-motorized trail users. This scenic multi-use trail stretches from Park Falls to Rice Lake. ATVs and UTVs are welcome to ride the trail from Park Falls to Birchwood, 62 miles. Trail users have direct access to lodging, restaurants, taverns and services.








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