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Boulder Lake Campground in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Oconto County, Wisc., Sheriff’s officials have confirmed a local property owner is the reason a popular campground in Oconto County will remain closed in 2018.

According to FOX 11, park officials say Boulder Lake Camp in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will not reopen for the 2018 season due to safety concerns. Oconto County Sheriff’s officials say they agree with the shutdown decision based on their encounters last year with the property owner, who lives right next to the campground.

“We did not have any egregious behaviors during those encounters; however, some of the after-the-fact situations that were presented to us, although legal, were questionable,” said Chief Deputy Ed Janke of the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department.

Janke wouldn’t identify the property owner, but explained the man was basically holding target practice on his property, which is legal, but concerning.

“There were some weapons being fired in the vicinity of the campground on his property,” said Janke. “Again, with some indirect innuendo that would lead us to believe that we may have a threat.”

It’s unclear what needs to happen for the campground to reopen. Chief Deputy Janke says they should know more after some upcoming court proceedings.

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