Late Season Snow Hurts Northwoods Tourism

For the northwoods more snow generally translates into more money, because of tourism. But, this year visitors are driving north in search of spring, and they aren't finding it.

"This spring is unique in the fact that it is still winter looking around. However, our snowmobile trails are closed, ice fishing you can't have any shacks on the ice. People are really trying to start some of those spring and summer activities with the amount of snow we have on the ground, explains Dana Demett, the director for the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce.

That strange divide between winter and summer has caused some problems for business owners like Ed Orlikowski, whose restaurant and hotel depend on tourists coming to town.

"I think April is a difficult month for the tourism industry up here because it is in between. There is not really a lot going on in the outdoor activities and generally people are not going to travel up here if there is not something for them to do. It is a little too early for them to come up and open up the cabins and enjoy the lakes we have up here," he said.

So whether you're worried about how the snow will impact your bottom line or just about having to shovel your sidewalk once again.

Take comfort in knowing it will warm up eventually--- if not for Easter, maybe by the 4th of July.

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