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National park prepares for Memorial Day weekend

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Trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are open in time for Memorial Day.

Rangers say after the long winter, people have never been more anxious to get outside.

Assistant Park Ranger Tim Vetter of the Medford-Park Falls district of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest says he expects a busy holiday weekend.

"A lot of folks have been anxious to get outside and utilize and recreate the national forest here," said Vetter.

All ATV, horse and biking trails opened Thursday.

Extremely muddy conditions had delayed their opening.

"It was best for maintaining and sustaining that trail to keep folks off of it for the spring break-up," said Vetter.

The ranger says all campsites are full.

Only the first come first served sites are available.

Campers say they're ready to enjoy the weekend.

"I'm going to do everything," said Louie Kwasny, a camper. "I'm going to go fishing, have a beer and I'm going to have fun."

The manager of the Mondeaux Dam Recreation Area Steve

Kalmon says he's already expecting a lot of people for the holiday weekend. He says he's getting numerous calls from people reserving his pontoon boats.

"This will be a real boost with the campground open and all the trails completely open now," said Kalmon. "That'll really mean quite a bit."

Campers say they're happy to finally put the long winter behind them.

They say seeing the scenic spring views was worth the wait.

"It's a little late this year but so what?" said Kwasny.

Park rangers advise people to check the park website for alerts and access maps before visiting.

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