Taking the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest recreation program plan online
Online comments are starting to trickle in regarding the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest recreation program (for related stories, including how to comment online, see Pages 8-9 in the Nov. 16 print edition of Wisconsin Outdoor News).
Forest officials came up with possible management actions after looking at 193 recreation sites, including campgrounds, picnic areas, boat landings, beaches, day-use areas and trailheads.
The online comment period began Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 15. Most of the 193 sites did not have any comments two weeks into the comment period began, but a few did. Some of the early online comments:
- “I would recommend that Emily Lake remain as is and not be converted to a group camp. Emily Lake is a beautiful campground that should be available to all and not just large groups.”
- “I was disappointed to see North Twin (Lake) Campground closed several years ago. I would like to request that the Forest Service consider the true cost of maintaining this campground and consider the true net cost of having this campground open. This is a rustic campground and surely did not require much upkeep. Was an analysis of the camping fees received vs. the cost of maintenance ever performed? If it was, in fact, a significant burden on the Forest Service to keep this campground open, I can then understand decommissioning it. At least that way the general public would have access to this property again.”
North Twin Lake Campground in Taylor County was closed in 2015. The site, which is now off-limits to the public, to be converted into general forest.
- “Please explain why you would want to take out the fish cleaning house. It gets used a lot and would keep the campsites cleaner by not cleaning fish at the sites.”
The proposal calls for removing the fish cleaning house at Chippewa Campground in Taylor County.
- “Glad to see the (Forest Service) is considering reopening this site, as there is really nowhere else to camp in that area of the forest. Would definitely go there if it was reopened.”
The Forest Service closed Stockbridge Farm in Ashland County three years ago, but is proposing to reopen the former eight-site campground and recruit a volunteer host.
- “Sevenmile (Lake) Campground should be reopened. In the past, you could always count on an available site if all other campgrounds are full. With the Laurel Lake Campground remaining open, it is not that far out of the way to continue maintenance at Sevenmile. This would also be another nice campground to make generator-free for those that appreciate the quiet atmosphere of the forest.”
Sevenmile Lake Campground in Forest County has also been closed since 2015 and the Forest Service is proposing to convert the former 27-site campground to a general forest area.
- “I brought my family up to this area this summer to visit Copper Falls (State Park). As we did not wish to stay in the crowded state campground at Copper Falls, we opted to stay at Beaver Lake. The road into Beaver Lake was quite rough and Beaver Lake campground wasn’t very ideal for our 30-foot trailer. I think the (Forest Service) should consider reopening, rather than dismantling, Mineral Lake Campground.”
Mineral Lake Campground in Ashland County has been closed since 2015 and plans call for the property to be converted to a general forest area.
- “Stayed here for the first time late this summer. We had an off-water site and we were disappointed to find that there was no beach area within the campground. A small beach area and a bench to sit on would be a great improvement.”
Beaver Lake Campground, another federal campground about 10 miles west of Mineral Lake Campground, remains open. Plans call for converting one of the campground’s 10 campsites into a double site.