Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Reminders for a Safe Holiday Weekend

Release Date: Jun 30, 2022

Contact(s): Alicia King, Public Affairs Officer

Leave the fireworks at home and douse that fire 

Rhinelander, WI – June 30, 2022 — As the Independence Day holiday approaches, visitors are reminded when enjoying a campfire, the fire should always be attended and must be completely extinguished before leaving. To extinguish a campfire, use plenty of water to soak the fire, stir the ashes, feel for heat, and repeat the process until the doused fire is cold to the touch. Remember - if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. 

Additionally, as a reminder, fireworks are never allowed in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Firework regulations play a critical role in fire prevention and the safety and wellbeing of people and animals. Leave the fireworks at home.  

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest strives to manage resources to be true to our motto of caring for the land and serving people. While many of our areas are open and free of charge for your use and enjoyment, some areas and activities do require fees or permits to help maintain, manage, and improve the amenities that you enjoy. 

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest charges day-use fees at most developed beaches, boat launches, picnic areas, and trailhead parking areas. Where applicable, signs are posted to inform visitors about Forest Day Passes. The Forest provides payment envelopes on site where day-use fees are required. Simply write your information on an envelope, enclose your $5 payment, reserve the perforated tag to display in your vehicle, and drop the envelope in the payment box. 

Campers who have paid fees to stay at a developed campground can enjoy free access to associated facilities, such as a beach or boat launch. However, campers may need to pay an additional day-use fee when visiting a recreation site that is not a part of the same campground complex. 

Recreation passes including day, annual, and lifetime recreation passes are available to purchase at any of our offices on the Forest during posted business hours. Low-cost and free passes for fourth graders, people living with disabilities, senior citizens, and military are also available. 

The America the Beautiful Interagency passes, good at any Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Corp of Engineers, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sites that charge an entrance fee or day use fees, can be purchased at any of our offices, online, or by calling 888-275-8747.  

To learn more about recreation fees, including the Interagency passes, visit 

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