Weather Delays Opening for Chequamegon-Nicolet

Apr 24, 2014

You’ll have to wait several more weeks to go hiking or camping in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. 

Campgrounds and recreation trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet won't open until later in May.
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Spokesperson Dave Melancon says trails and campgrounds usually open around the last week in April, but conditions this year are too wet and muddy. 

“Well we’ve had a pretty rough winter, as you can tell.  So we want to keep our campgrounds and trails up in the best condition we can.  Traveling on them could cause ruts in the road, or damage to the road.  So they’re not ready for people to use yet.”

May 22nd is set as a tentative opening time for recreational trails and campgrounds, and the Lakewood Laona district may open a week earlier depending on conditions.

Melancon adds that boat ramps and lakes may still be accessible during the opening weekend of fishing season.

 “If an angler wants to fish in a particular area, get in touch with your local district office, give em a call.  And they can give you the details for their area.”

Melancon says rangers will be keeping an eye on conditions to determine when trails can be ready.