Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Opens Additional Recreation Sites July 15

Contact(s): Hilary Markin, 715-482-0115

Rhinelander, WI – July 9, 2020 – On Wednesday, July 15, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will open additional recreation sites; see list below. For a full list of open areas and other up-to-date information, visit the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest website at Opening July 15 on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • West Point Recreation Area

Opening July 15 on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations honored starting July 15:

  • Eastwood Recreation Area

Picnic Point Campgrounds and the Smith Rapids Recreation Area remain closed until further notice. Reservable sites will be cancelled and refunded through August 2. If circumstances change, and these sites are opened prior to August 2, reservable sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Hardwoods Loop at Chippewa Campground remains closed until further notice. Reservations have been cancelled and refunded through August 2. If circumstances change regarding the opening of groups sites prior to August 2, reservable sites may be available on a first-come, first -served basis.

Visitors are also reminded that the Mondeaux Recreation Area including the beach and picnic area remain closed due to ongoing construction.

The Forest Service is making every effort to expand access to recreation on a site-by-site basis within the context of CDC guidance and state and local government orders for residents. The Chequamegon-Nicolet is continuing to implement its phased plans to provide public access to recreation sites.

“Most of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is open for public use. Some campgrounds remain closed as we continue to balance our work in ways that allow us to adhere to our core value of safety while also following public health recommendations on social distancing,” said Paul Strong, Forest Supervisor, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Forest Supervisor’s order limiting the size of groups of 10 people or less per group across the entire Forest remains in place until further notice. In alignment with this, recreation event special use permits, large gatherings and the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center remain closed. Visitors are asked to stay as local as possible when choosing a site to visit. Visitors are also urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local health and safety guidance. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to:

Responsible recreation will help expand access to facilities, services and other opportunities. Certain services may still be unavailable, so visitors are asked to plan accordingly and to remain flexible.


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