Storms Damage Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Some Recreation Areas Closed

LAKEWOOD, Wis. (July 20, 2019) – Strong winds and rain caused significant damage to portions of the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. 
Forest Service personnel began surveying the damage this morning and will be continuing to assess recreation sites, roads, trails and the Forest in the coming days. 

Currently, Bagley Rapids and Boot Lake campgrounds are closed until further notice as well as all trails in that area. Boulder Lake is now open. There are numerous trees down in this area causing roads to be impassable. 
The Forest has issued a Road and Area Closure for National Forest System lands in Oconto County including all roads, trails, dispersed and developed recreation sites.

“As crews begin clearing areas from the storm damage they will be reopened,” said Mike Brown, District Ranger on the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. “Safety is our number one priority – we want to ensure our roads, trails and recreation sites are safe for the public before reopening them.”

The additional storms and rain today may cause further damage to Forest Service roads, bridges, trails and recreation areas. Please use caution if visiting the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and traveling on Forest Service roads, bridges and trails. 

Drivers are advised to practice defensive driving techniques, reduce your speed, drive with your lights on and watch out for flooded roadways, washed-out culverts and bridges, trees on roadways and other storm debris. In addition, Forest employees are out assessing roads and will be operating heavy equipment and dump trucks as repair work and clean-up efforts get underway. 

For more information on the Flood Event please visit the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest website at You may also contact the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District at 715-276-6333.

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