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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Opens Additional Recreation Sites June 12

June 10, 2020

On Friday, June 12, 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 June 12 on a first-come, first-served basis:
  • Ada Lake Recreation Area
  • Bagley Rapids
  • Perch Lake Recreation Area
  • Pine Lake
  • Wanoka Lake Recreation Area
Opening June 12 on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations honored starting June 15:
  • Anvil Lake Recreation Area
  • Black Lake Recreation Area
  • Day Lake Recreation Area
  • East Twin Recreation Area
  • Franklin Lake Recreation Area
  • Kentuck Lake Recreation Area
  • Laura and Gordon Lake Recreation Area
  • Laurel Lake Recreation Area
  • Lost Lake Recreation Area
  • Luna-White Deer Recreation Area
  • Spectacle Lake Recreation Area
Opening June 12 on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations will be honored starting June 15, however group sites will remain closed and reservations will be canceled and refunded for the month of June at group sites:
  • Boulder Lake Recreation Area
  • Morgan Lake Recreation Area
Opening June 15 on a first-come, first-served basis:
  • Emily Lake Recreation Area
Opening June 15 on a first-come, first-served basis and honoring reservations:
  • Spearhead Point Campground
  • Twin Lakes Recreation Area
Opening June 19 on a first-come, first-served basis and honoring reservations starting June 19 (Reservations with an arrival date between June 15 and June 18 will be canceled and refunded):
  • Bear Lake Recreation Area
  • Richardson Lake Recreation Area
All additional campgrounds remain closed until further notice. Reservable sites will be canceled and refunded through June 22. If circumstances change, and additional campgrounds are opened prior to June 22, reservable sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visitors are reminded that Boot Lake Campground remains closed following the July 2019 storm damage and Chippewa and Namekagon Lake Recreation Areas are closed due to 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. As staff and volunteers are being onboarded and COVID-19 prevention mitigations are being implemented, 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 recreation facilities and campgrounds are 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. “We are working on this, and plan to open more recreation sites gradually over the next few weeks as we become accustomed to the additional safety equipment, cleaning supplies, and procedures.”

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 and Forest Lodge will 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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