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Chippewa National Forest delays opening campgrounds

CASS LAKE, Minn. (April 19, 2018) – The Chippewa National Forest has delayed the opening of some campgrounds due to persisting snow pack hampering preparation.

Access to campgrounds for preparations has been delayed due to lingering heavy snow pack from unseasonably cold weather and spring snow storms.

“We realize how this affects visitors and are working to get campgrounds and trails open as soon as possible,” said Michelle Heiker, the Chippewa National Forest supervisory recreation technician. “The Forest will continue to assess campground and trail conditions and provide status updates to the website and social media sites.”

Typically in April, crews prepare campgrounds and trails for opening in May. This preparations includes removing hazard trees, cleaning campsite pads and preparing water systems.

“We appreciate everyone’s understanding with the delay in opening,” said Heiker, who said she understands how delays can make it hard for visitors to plan ahead. “Each year we work hard to get all of the campgrounds open in time for the fishing opener, but this year Mother Nature did not cooperate.”

To check on the current status of campgrounds and recreational areas go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/chippewa or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChippewaNF/.