The Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake Minnesota issued a press release to let people know that access to some of the campgrounds will remain closed for now due to packed snow.

Typically in April crews prepare campgrounds and trails for an opening in May, but due to the late season snow and colder temperatures that has been delayed. Other preparations that are usually done this time of year  include removing hazardous trees, cleaning campsites and preparing water systems.

Michelle Heiker, the Chippewa National Forest supervisory recreation technician said "“The Forest will continue to assess campground and trail conditions and provide status updates to the website and social media sites.” She went on to say “We appreciate everyone’s understanding with the delay in opening. Each year we work hard to get all of the campgrounds open in time for the fishing opener, but this year Mother Nature did not cooperate.”

Heiker also acknowledged that she realizes how this makes it hard for people to plan when to come visit. For updates or to check on the current status of campgrounds and recreational areas go to or like them on Facebook at For furthers questions, please call the Chippewa National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 218-335-8600.

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