Last week, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest reopened boat landings, just in time for the fishing opener.
Most Forest facilities had been closed due to the pandemic.
In a few days, the Forest will reopen even more recreational options.
“Trails, both motorized and non-motorized, are going to be opening up this Friday, on May 8. However, there are some motorized trails that are going to remain closed. They’re wet. We have snow on some trails in some places. We’re encouraging folks to check with their local county or check our website to find out what trails are open,” said spokesperson Hilary Markin.
Markin said the Forest is balancing safety with the recreational needs of people in northern Wisconsin.
“The Forest takes the safety of our personnel, contractors, volunteers, and visitors very seriously. We also understand that outdoor activities, like fishing, hiking, and riding ATVs is encouraged during this difficult time, and it’s important for folks to stay close to home and limit their travel when pursuing places to recreate,” she said.
Picnic areas, beaches, and campgrounds remain closed.
There is no burning allowed within the Forest.