Wind and Rain Close Some Areas of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Sep 5, 2014

Some campgrounds and trails are closed due to storm damage in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Some roads and recreational areas may be closed following Thursday's intense storms.
Credit US Forest Service

Campers and hikers may want to check for the latest details before heading out.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin says most of the damage happened in the western sections of the the Medford-Park Falls District and Great Divide District.


“So north of the Winter area, between Park Falls and Hayward is where a lot of the damage occurred. They had a lot of wind damage, and then also flooding with all the rain that came down.”


Black Lake and Moose Lake campgrounds were closed this weekend.

Sailor Lake campground and picnic area are expected to be closed for a few weeks because of extensive damage.

Some roads are also closed due to fallen trees or washouts. The Flambeau ATV Trail System is closed, along with Gates Lake Road, both in the Medford Park Falls District.

Forest Road 164 is closed in the Great Divide District.

Markin says crews will be assessing how many downed trees can be used for salvage lumber.


“We do expect to do an aerial survey, so we can get up take a look at how wide a swath this damage is. We're working on critical areas like our recreational areas, but then the bigger picture is how much damage is out there on the forest.”


No injuries have been reported as a result of last Thursday's storms.

Markin says two head campers were briefly trapped at Black Lake Campground when trees fell and blocked roads, but forest crews were able to get them out quickly.