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Boulder Lake Campground in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

A popular campground in Oconto County, Wisc., likely won’t be an option this year, as officials say the grounds are closed until further notice.

According to FOX 11, park officials say due to safety concerns Boulder Lake Camp in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will not open this season. The campground is about 15 miles southwest of Mountain.

Snow-covered picnic tables and a locked gate greeted visitors to Boulder Lake Campground Tuesday (Jan. 23) morning. The popular site is closed for the winter, and it may not re-open.

“Right now, it’s just a planned closure. So the only thing that’s really impacted right now, that we are not accepting any reservations until further notice,” said Hilary Markin, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest public affairs officer.

Markin says due to public safety concerns, there will be no camping at any of the 89 sites in 2018.

“I’m not able to talk about what those safety concerns are, but the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s No. 1 priority is public safety. We’re doing this in the interest of public safety, and reasons that are outdside of our control,” she said.

Markin says the U.S. Forest Service teamed up with local authorities, including the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Mike Jansen confirmed his department is working with the forest service, but would only say he hopes the situation will be resolved soon.

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