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Weather Roundup: Snow delaying opening of campgrounds

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Pierce County Herald
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LAONA - A covering of snow will delay the opening of 53 developed campgrounds in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Campgrounds and recreational trails in the forest's one and a half million acres won't be opening until next month. All trails will be shut down due to the snowpack and wet conditions until about May 17th.

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State agency officials say the trails on the Lakewood-Laona District could open the week before that if conditions improve. Users are being told to check the forest web site or call the district offices to check on the new opening dates.

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Experts at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory say recent rainfall could bring rising water to the lakes, but it's hard to say how much. It's also not certain how long it will last. All the Great Lakes are well below their normal levels, but Lakes Michigan and Huron have risen six inches so far in April. Runoff from melting snow and rain typically push lake levels higher each spring. In April, the Great Lakes basin has received 50 percent more precipitation than it normally does. One hydrologist says that's good, but it would take several more wet winters and springs to get levels back to where they used to be.

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