RHINELANDER, Wis. (March 9, 2016) – The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), utility-terrain vehicle (UTV), horse and bicycle trails are now closed and will remain closed until further notice.
During this time period, the use of wheeled motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, horses or other pack or saddle animals is prohibited on National Forest System trails.
“The trails are all very saturated with the melting snow and rain,” said Jeff Mell, Recreation Program Manager for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. “We ask that the public refrain from using the trails until conditions improve and they open for the summer season.”
This seasonal closure of trails during spring break-up 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.
ATV 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.
ATV, horse and mountain bike enthusiasts are encouraged to do their part in helping to protect everyone’s recreation opportunities by honoring this closure.
To check the status of recreational trails in your area go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/cnnf, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CNNF002, or call your local Forest Service Ranger District office.