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Long winter delays spring outdoor activities in central Wisconsin

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Winter isn't letting go at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

"We've had a really unusual year this year," said Suzanne Flory, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Public Affairs Officer. "We have tons of snow all across the 1.5 million acres."

All that snow provided a big boost to winter sports, but it's now creating problems for spring activities, including camping at the forest's 53 campgrounds.

"Typically we don't open the campgrounds until early May, and this year, if the weather continues as it has been, it might be a little later than usual." said Flory.

Suzanne Flory has worked for the national forest for 6 years. She said during that time, the park hasn't ever had to delay the start of camping season because of the weather.

"I think if you talk to people around here, no one can really remember a winter like this," said Flory.

Weather isn't just impacting activities at the forest. The long winter is also delaying the opening of ATV trails in Marathon County.

"There's no issue on hiking on the trails," said Jon Daniels, Marathon Co. Snowmobile/ATV Coordinator . "It's just the ATVs, mountain bikes, and horses can cause significant damage with the saturated soils and that will result in damage to the trails."

Officials there hope to open the trails by May 15, but if the weather doesn't warm up enough that may get pushed back as well.

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