Wisconsin’s inland fishing season opens May 3 but anglers will not be able to use campgrounds in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest that weekend, forest officials said Thursday (April 24), the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Opening of campgrounds and recreational trails in the national forest are delayed due to recent snowfalls and wet conditions from a prolonged winter season up north, forest officials said Thursday. Snow was falling Thursday in Rhinelander and Eagle River.

All national forest campgrounds are closed until further notice so visitors should check the website — www.fs.usda.gov/cnnf — or call district offices for updates on campground openings.

“Every year we work hard to get all of the campgrounds open in time for the opening of fishing season,” Forest Supervisor Paul Strong said in a statement. Strong acknowledged the delay will disrupt plans of anglers and other visitors.

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