Staying safe this fall recreation season on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Contact(s): Teresa Maday, 715-685-2642

Rhinelander, WI October 8, 2019– With hunting season underway in Wisconsin, the general forest area of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is open to visitors; however, please note that many hazards exist from the July 2019 storm event that may pose a safety risk.

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has issued a closure order for recreation areas, trails and roads that were damaged by the storm event. This closure order is in place for the safety of forest visitors.

The order includes a map showing road closures – please adhere to all road closures and do not drive your vehicle beyond closure devices or debris. Please do not go around gates or beyond any barricades, tape, etc. with any type of motorized vehicle or walk-in areas that are closed to look at the damage.

You may park a vehicle along open roads and/or in open parking areas and access the Forest. Vehicles may not be parked on closed roads or in any way to impede traffic. Please be sure to stay out of areas where active work is taking place to address the blowdown.

Visitors may also camp in areas not identified as closed on the closure order or as indicated on the map.

If you are visiting the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in the storm damaged area, please be mindful of the damage and ensure your safety. The area where the storm occurred is extremely dangerous as trees may still come down that were snapped or damaged during the storm.

As always, safety should be a top priority. The Forest Service has some general “know before you go” tips to consider when planning your fall trip.

And, October is Firewood Awareness Month, please be sure when recreating on your public lands to source firewood locally to help prevent the spread of invasive pests and diseases.

Please continue to check the Forest’s July 2019 Storm event webpage for updates to the closure and map.