RHINELANDER (WAOW) - The long winter with deep snow in northern Wisconsin will dampen the opening of the hook-and-line inland fishing season May 4 -- at least for some campers.
Paul Strong, supervisor of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, said Tuesday the opening of 53 campgrounds will likely be delayed past the fishing opener because of so much snow still on the ground.
"During a normal spring, we get all the campgrounds open in time for the opening of fishing season," Strong said in a statement. "Unfortunately, Mother Nature is just not going along with that plan this year. We know this can make it hard for visitors to plan ahead and we will keep people up to date on changing conditions."
Strong said the 1.5 million-acre forest received more snow than normal this winter and its recreational trails are not expected to open until May 17.
The state Department of Natural Resources said March was the coldest on record, and as of mid-April, many lakes in northern Wisconsin were still covered with ice.
The status of campgrounds and recreational trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/cnnf or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CNNF002.