National Forest trails close until May

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The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), utility-terrain vehicle (UTV), horse and bicycle trails are closed for spring break-up.

Every spring, the use of wheeled motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, horses or other pack or saddle animals is prohibited on National Forest System trails until at least May 1.

“As the snow melts and we get spring rains the trails become very saturated,” said Tim Vetter, lands, recreation and wilderness program manager for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. “We ask that the public refrain from using off-highway vehicles, bikes and horses on the trails until the trails are dry and open for the summer season.”

This seasonal closure reduces rutting and erosion of trails which often occurs when the soil is saturated. Protecting recreation trails during this time period reduces the likelihood of trail closures during the high use season to repair damaged segments.

The re-opening of trails on May 1 will be dependent on trail conditions. As the date approaches, Forest Service staff will be evaluating trail conditions and opening them when safe to do so.

ATV/UTV routes and other trails designated by towns under state law are not affected by this closure. Trail users should check local regulations for trails they plan to use.

Hiking trails remain open during spring break-up.