Category Archives: ATV – UTV

Nicolet National Forest, image WUPN2014

ATV/UTV Trail Proposed Near Rhinelander

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking for input for a ATV/UTV trail in the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area near Rhinelander, WI..

If you are interested in giving your opinion, see the following details from the WDNR.

Riders, remember, riding is a privilege.

The feasibility assessment of the ATV/UTV trail development requested on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area near Rhinelander, WI is now available. To view the feasibility report, visit, search keywords “master planning” and select “Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area.”

Nicolet National Forest, image WUPN2014
Nicolet National Forest, image WUPN2014

A public open house meeting will be held on Tuesday Aug. 19, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Northwoods Community Elementary School in Harshaw, WI to answer questions and gather comments about the ATV/UTV trail and the Department’s feasibility analysis.

The department will accept public comments regarding the ATV/UTV trail and feasibility analysis through Aug. 25, 2014 at 5 p.m.Comments may be directed to Jeremy Holtz, Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area, 107 Sutliff Ave., Rhinelander, WI 54501, by email to[email protected], or by calling 715-365-8999.

atv trails

ATV/UTV: Jackson County DNR Safety Check July 25-27

Anyone riding the ATV/UTV trails this weekend in Jackson County? Looking for a free map? Wondering if your machine passes legal requirements for exhaust system and engine sound checks? Looking to meet other great people who ride the trails? The Wis. DNR will be at Oasis at Black River Falls just off the Interstate to help you out. Always ride safe and have fun on all your rides. The following from the WDNR.

Stop by & see the DNR wardens for free sound checks, trail maps

Do you have weekend plans to ride your ATV or UTV in Jackson County? Make sure you stop by the Oasis at Black River Falls just off the Interstate and see the DNR wardens for free engine sound checks, trail maps and more before you hit the fun trails. You’ll also see wardens on the ATV – UTV trails in Jackson County July 25 – 27, And, if you’re not sure your ATV-UTV exhaust system meets the legal requirements, wardens will inspect it for free on Saturday and Sunday.Read more: Always ride safe, follow the rules and have fun on all your rides.

ATV Rider Killed In Bayfield County

Map of Wisconsin highlighting Bayfield County
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Bayfield County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One person killed in ATV accident.

ATV Rider Killed in Highway 2 Crash
Posted at: 11/17/2013 8:06 AM

One person was killed in a crash involving a car and an ATV on U.S. Highway 2 in Bayfield County on Saturday afternoon.

The crash happened at about 5 p.m. in Hughes Township, west of Iron River, at Red Wine Road. The Wisconsin State Patrol says an ATV was attempting to cross Highway 2 when it collided with an eastbound car.

Read more at WDIO.

Wisconsin ATV-UTV Fatalities Hits 18

atvWisconsin fatalities has risen to 18 so far in 2013 for ATV-UTV drivers. Most trails close on October 31 so there is time for riders to take advantage of the trails. Remember all the rules and regulations and have a safe ride.

The following from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Wardens urge safety: Fatalities among ATV-UTV riders hit 18

Published: October 5, 2013 in Outdoor Recreation

By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement

Deaths this year among ATV-UTV users highest since 2009

All-terrain and utility-terrain vehicle operators preparing to ride this weekend are urged to operate with safety as their highest priority, the state’s ATV administrator said today as this week’s death of an ATV operator driving on a state trail in Sawyer County pushed Wisconsin’s total ATV-UTV user fatalities to 18.

Wardens remind riders to wear helmets, keep speed in check and refrain from drinking alcohol.

Conservation Warden Todd Schaller, also the DNR chief of the Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Recreation Enforcement and Education Section, says the death total is the highest since 2009 and serves as a tragic reminder to all ATV and UTV users to think safety at all times.

atv sign“Wardens anticipate even more ATV and UTV use this weekend as hunters hit the woods and trail riders are out enjoying the emerging fall colors. This is a very popular season in Wisconsin and we want everyone to have a lot of fun – and to be able to share stories of their fun at the end of the day,” Schaller says. “People ask me what is causing these tragedies. There are three common factors that link these fatalities: speed, lack of a helmet and alcohol use.”

Schaller says there were 18 ATV user fatalities for all of 2009 – a total Wisconsin matched this week with three months left in the year.

So far this year, the victims have ranged in ages 9 – 77. The majority were not Wisconsin safety-certified nor wearing a helmet. And roughly half had alcohol intake as a possible factor. In a couple of cases, the victims were operating the machines in tight circles while spinning and rolling and were ejected.

“Eighteen fatalities is 18 too many. These have been tragic, painful losses for families and friends of these victims. Let’s work together to keep the rest of the year safe on ATVs and UTVs – whether you are operating on public lands or private properties,” Schaller says.

Another thing for ATV-UTV operators to know is the type of the lands they are traveling. Are they public, state, federal, private — find out. “And take the time to contact the appropriate office in charge of those areas to make sure ATV or UTV use is allowed,” Schaller says.”

ATV riding is a growing sport. But that’s not all these machines are used for.

“You’ll see these vehicles used for work on farms and larger properties,” Schaller says. “While as much fun as these vehicles can be to use, it is essential to remember they have motors and must be operated with safety.”

Schaller and the Wisconsin DNR wardens ask ATV-UTV users to always remember these safety tips:

  • Ride with a safety mindset
  • Slow down
  • Ride under control
  • Practice “Zero Alcohol” — refrain from drinking any alcohol until you’re home and done riding for the day.

“The wardens want everyone to enjoy Wisconsin’s outdoors in any season. Have fun, but stay safe by practicing these safety tips,” Schaller says.

Riders also are encouraged to visit the DNR website to learn more about safety tips, the latest in ATV laws and more:

Or go to and search: ATV

If you have information regarding natural resource violations, please call: VIOLATION HOTLINE: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff relay reported information to conservation wardens. Anyone who calls the Violation Hotline or provides information can remain anonymous.

Florence: ATV Accident In Fern Township

police-lightsATV accident has one person injured and his two year old daughter escaping injury.

Man injured in Fern ATV accident
September 2, 2013
The Daily News

FLORENCE, Wis. – An Illinois man was injured but his 2-year-old daughter was unharmed in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday in Fern Township, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office said.

Randal Freeman, 24, of Wonder Lake, Ill., was operating his ATV at the intersection of Turtle Creek Lane and Boat Landing Road shortly after 3:30 p.m. when the mishap occurred, said Sheriff Jeff Rickaby. Freeman was unfamiliar with the trail and a rounded a corner and drove up a steep dirt embankment and rolled over, Rickaby said.

His daughter, who was a passenger, escaped injury.

Read more at The Iron Mountain Daily News.

ATV Trails Expanding, Oconto County, Mountain Township 8/24/13

atvWUPN – The Town of Mountain in Oconto County is in the process of marking most town roads as ATV trails. The process began a few weeks ago and more and more roads are ATV accessible.

Some roads that have been expanded are Airport Road and Bachman Road which is in the West Butler Rock Road area.

Remember to follow the speed limit of 20 MPH and look for marked trails only. If a road or trail is not marked as ATV trail, stay off it.

This should give ATV riders more options for the upcoming holiday weekend in Oconto County.

Drive safe, observe speed limits and have fun in the areas of The Dusty Trail ATV trails and all over Wisconsin.

Dusty Trails ATV Club web site.

Town of Mountain, Oconto County

L’Anse Man Killed In ATV Crash

Police_LightsWUPN – Another fatality in the U.P. in an ATV accident.

Man killed in ATV crash
by Ty Czarnopis

ARVON TOWNSHIP — A 57-year-old L’Anse man was killed in an ATV crash that happened in Arvon Township on Sunday.

According to the Michigan State Police, Daryl Fish died at the scene of the crash after receiving a major head injury.

Read and get more information at The Upper Michigans

OVR Trail In Iron Mountain Proposed

ATV (Photo credit: Bryan Danger Wheeler)

WUPN – A new trail is possible through Iron Mountain.

IM considering options for ORV trail connection
July 26, 2013
The Daily News
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IRON MOUNTAIN – An off-road vehicle (ORV) trail is being proposed through Iron Mountain and was recently discussed during an informational meeting of the Iron Mountain Planning Commission.

City Manager Jordan Stanchina reported to the city council about the public input received at the Planning Commission meeting, especially from residents living on the 100 block of Lehman Avenue.

The consensus after the meeting was to have the city administration, residents, tourism director and members of the Sportsmen’s Off-Road Vehicle Association (SORVA) take a look at alternative routes, Stanchina said.

“A connecting link through Iron Mountain would open the city up to tourism dollars from ORVs,” he added.

The proposed ORV trail would connect Lehman Avenue to Traders Mine Road.

Read more at the Iron Mountain Daily News.

ATV Accident In Outagamie County

police-lightsWUPN – Early morning accident in the Township of Ellington.

Man injured in ATV accident
Saturday, July 20, 2013 6:57 a.m. CDT

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) – An ATV accident in Outagamie County early Saturday leaves one man injured.

Authorities were called to the crash on Greenwood Road, north of Wege Road, in the Township of Ellington around 1:07 a.m.

Deputies found the man lying in the road with what appeared to be a serious head injury. He was unconscious, but breathing.

Read more at 1360 WTAQ.

ATV / UTV: Think Safety This Weekend

English: Two ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) at Crim...
English: Two ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) at Crimean Mountains near Alushta, Ukraine. Русский: Два квадроцикла в Крымских горах возле Алушты (Украина). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WUPN – The trails are open and you need to think safety when you ride your ATV or UTV. Now get out there and enjoy the great trails Wisconsin has to offer.

Some good information before you hit the trails from the WDNR.

Published: May 23, 2013 in Outdoor Recreation

By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement

Think ATV safety this weekend; Four fatalities to date, helmets needed

People planning all-terrain vehicle outings on the trails this Memorial Day weekend should drive smart by protecting their heads with safety-approved helmets and by practicing responsible driving techniques – including driving sober.

Wear your helmet, review ATV safety rules before taking off.

DNR Conservation Warden and ATV Administrator Gary Eddy says Wisconsin has had four fatalities so far this year among ATV riders. Eddy says this is the same number of fatalities that had occurred at this time in 2012, which ended the year with 15 fatalities.

“The trails are going to be busy this weekend,” Eddy says. “A large percentage of fatal ATV crash victims were not wearing helmets. This is a simple step you can do for your safety.” In 2012, 14 of the 15 fatalities were not wearing helmets.

Eddy says the majority of ATV and UTV (utility terrain) fatalities are adults, with only a small number of operators under the age of 18 killed each year. This year, the four fatalities included three adults and one juvenile.

“Parents and other adults are usually good about making sure children are wearing helmets, but often they don’t wear helmets themselves,” Eddy says. “Adults should be role models by wearing helmets. You can’t anticipate a crash. But when it happens, be prepared by wearing a helmet.”

Eddy adds people should make sure the helmet is one that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Here are other important ATV/UTV safety tips:

  • Never drink alcoholic beverages and ride. ATV trails can be rough, rocky and unpredictable, requiring peak concentration and split-second reflexes. If you’ve been drinking, your focus and ability to respond suffer. Practice a zero-alcohol policy. Wait until your ride is done, and you’re safely at your home or lodging before consuming alcohol.
  • Complete an ATV Safety Course. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, must have ATV/UTV DNR certification prior to operating a machine. The minimum age for operation is 12 for ATV and 16 for UTV. This course may be completed either in a classroom or online.
  • ATVs and UTVs are highly unstable on paved surfaces. Stay off the roads unless they are marked and approved ATV routes.
  • Slow down. Public ATV trails are not race courses. Expect to meet other people on the trail.
  • Stay on the right side of the trail. Bumps, puddles and rocks are part of the trail-riding experience; don’t endanger others by riding on the wrong side of the trail. Slow your speed and safely ride through these areas.

To learn more about ATVs and taking a safety class, visit:

Wisconsin ATV Trail Updates, 4/25/13

Looks like most ATV trails in the Northern half of Wisconsin will not open as of May 1st which is normally the opening dates for the trails.

atvWith the weather this weekend forecasted in the 50’s and 60’s, we should get some snow melt.

Contacting people in the Oneida County area, they are still fishing with tip ups.

We did find some ATV trail information and is listed below by ATV club or county.

Hang in there, summer will be here sooner than later.

Jackson County Trail Information
All Jackson County ATV Trails are now closed
The trails will now be closed until May 15th Link

Lincoln County ATV Trails
Updated Tuesday, April 23,2013
The Lincoln County ATV trails are CLOSED. Please stay on marked trails in the Harrison Hills, Tomahawk, Somo and Nokomis areas. There are ATV maps available at the Tomahawk Chamber.
ATV trails will NOT open on May 1,2013.These trails will open at a later date as conditions improve.We will update this message as soon as we get more current information. Link

Langlade County ATV Trail System
TRAIL REPORT April 22, 2013

The entire Spring/Summer/Fall ATV trail system in Langlade County will NOT open as scheduled on May 1, 2013, and will remain closed until further notice. This includes the Parrish Highlands, Augustyn Springs, Crocker Hills, White Lake, and Wolf River State Trail ATV trail systems. Trails are extremely wet at this time and are not currently accessible for trail maintenance and inspection for hazardous conditions. Anyone caught riding on the ATV trail system prior to the trails opening, will be prosecuted.
Another notice will be posted as soon as an open date can be determined. For further updates or questions regarding the trails you may call the Forestry and Recreation Department at 715-627-6300 or visit the website at: Link

Marinette Country ATV Trail Information
April 1, 2013
ATV Trail Closure
The entire Marinette County ATV Trail System will be closed to all vehicles effective
April 8th, 2013 until further notice. This closure is required to protect the soft trail bed
from erosion damage caused by ATV’s and other vehicles during spring breakup.
ATV trails will re-open when conditions warrant. Another press release will be placed
in the paper when the trails are re-opened. Link

North East Wisconsin Riders INC
Pound / Coleman
Tentative Trail Opening
May 4, 2013 Saturday – This is the tentative trail opening date which is conditional on the spring thaw controlled by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This date may be pushed back depending on the weather, soil conditions and drying time. Please continue to check our trail status and refrain from riding until the trails are marked open. Thank You! 9:00AM to 2:00PM Link

Oconto County ATV Trail Infomation
Due to trail conditions, Oconto County ATV Trail opening will be delayed until May 10. Link

If you have any up to date information, please contact us and we will pass it along.

Best idea is to call your ATV club for better trail information. If your not a club member, join! They do a lot of work to make your trail ride enjoyable and fun filled.

Any questions concerning ATV’s or UTV’s in Wisconsin, go here to WATVA / The Wisconsin ATV Association 

Three Lakes Wis. Could See ATV/UTV Expanded Trails

POLARIS ATV (Photo credit: k sungwon)

Three Lakes Roads Could Double as ATV Routes
Submitted: 02/19/2013

THREE LAKES – ATV riders could soon have more options for getting around the Northwoods.

Three Lakes might open up town roads to ATVs and UTVs.

It could happen as soon as this summer.

Using existing roads means no construction for the town and an easier way for ATV drivers to get to off-road trails.

The closest trails are across the border in Forest County.

ATVs aren’t allowed on federal and state highways or most county roads.

That makes choosing routes a challenge, but Three Lakes chairman Don Sidlowski thinks the town will benefit.

Read more and see video at WJFW

ATV Capitol Of The World Proposes Campsites

ATV Fall Ride
ATV Fall Ride (Photo credit: akahodag)

ATV group is looking to add campsites to ATV trail.

Nicolet Trail Campground proposed near Gillett park
Concerns raised about property values, noise

By RJ Reinhold
Times Herald Correspondent

A committee in charge of economic development wants Gillett to profit from its self-proclaimed status as ATV Capital of the World by providing a new lodging option for ATV riders.

The Community Development Authority has proposed creating Nicolet Trails Campground on 3 acres owned by the city of Gillett on North Richmond Street, across the street from Zippel Park.

The campground would increase accessibility to the community’s ATV trails and boost the local economy, said Rick Raatz, chairman of the CDA subcommittee in charge of the project.

The CDA proposal includes 21 camping sites for self-contained campers, not tents, with water, electricity and picnic tables. Reservations would be available by the night, week or for the season (May 1-Oct. 31).

“By putting something like this in and having seasonal campers here for the summer, they’re going to OJ’s, going to the R Store, they’re spending money. Plus, it’s right on the trail,” Raatz said.

Read more at The Oconto County Times Herald.

We find it interesting that the ATV club wants to add area campsites along the trail system. With the depressed economy in the area of Gillett, campsites might be one way to bring economic development to the area but we wonder if the club and the city looked at bringing a hotel or motel to the city? What is the committee in charge of economic development thinking? A few years ago the city spent thousands and thousands of dollars to “Revitalize Gillett” with grant money for potted plants which brought nothing to the city for economic growth. Now they want campsites?

With ATV’s in the summer, snowmobiling in the winter, the county fair in August, deer hunters in fall, it might have enough incoming traffic to sustain another hotel / motel. Trail riding is also seeing UTV growth which is gaining popularity. Like owning a Harley, UTV owners have the money to spend. They seat two to four people.  If trailers are parked at Zippel Park in summer and winter, there are possible patrons that might just stay one to two nights in Gillett. The closest hotels in the area is Green Bay and Shawano.

Why not a Super 8 or Motel 6? How about converting some of the buildings in town to a first rate lodging destination?  You know, a nice place with a bar, super club and rooms to stay.

If Gillett is the ATV Capitol of the world as they say, why not serve the people they want to come to the area? Does the city have economic funds to bring better venues to town besides campsites? If Gillett isn’t being pro active, someone in Suring might just take the idea and run with it.

What do you think?

We have to be up front and say we lived in the area in the past. We are not an economic development expert but are just asking to think outside the box. Because of our past, we do want to see Gillett grow, expand and be a place to visit in this great state of Wisconsin.

Some Wis. ATV/UTV Trail Closures 2012

No ATV's
No ATV’s (Photo credit: Peter Blanchard)

Hope all ATV and UTV riders enjoyed this past summer on the great trails in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. With the changing seasons, it’s time to let you know that some trails are closed or will be closing soon. If you are not sure of your area trails, contact your club or check county web sites to make sure you can still ride on local trails. Here is some trail information.

Oconto County Trails Close October 31, 2012, link

Jackson County Trail Closure Update

All Jackson County ATV/UTV & Motorcycle trails are now CLOSED for the hunting season. We will
re-open December 15, 2012 weather permitting. link

Burma ATV trails to close during hunting seasons
The Burma ATV trails in Marathon County will be closed from Monday, October 1 through Friday, November 30 due to the fall hunting seasons.
These trails will reopen to ATVs on Saturday, December 1.
For more information, contact the Wausau and Marathon County Park Department at

Langlade County
Forestry and Recreation Department
Tammy Kubiaczyk, Recreation Coordinator

ATV Trails will close December 1, 2012. ATV’s are allowed on 500.9 miles of state-funded snowmobile trails, but only after 10 days from when the trails are officially opened for snowmobiling by public notice in the Antigo Daily Journal. Once trails are officially closed for snowmobiling, ATV’s must keep off the trails. link

Marinette County has over 200 miles of ATV/UTV trails for you to explore. The majority of this trail system is open year round except when they are closed for approximately the month of April due to soft & wet trail conditions during the spring break-up. link

WATVA Web site link

You can also vote for the Tready Awards for your favorite Trail System, Restaurant, Special Event, Lodging and Dealership

The Wisconsin ATV Association is proud to announce the return of the Trail Rider Experience AwarD of the Year (TREADY)! The TREADY awards are a way to honor the men and women, businesses and government officials that make our program the best ATV program in the nation!

Anyone can vote! Your votes are confidential.

You can your favorite Trail System, Restaurant, Special Event, Lodging and Dealership.

link to go vote


MDNR and Keweenaw ATV Club Partner

ATV (Photo credit: VORT3Xphoto)

DNR and Keweenaw ATV Club partner on management
of Houghton and Keweenaw County ATV Trail

In a move that means broader access to recreation opportunities and consistent maintenance of a popular all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced a management partnership for the Houghton and Keweenaw County ATV trail – a 54-mile stretch of trail that runs mostly on private land from Calumet to Copper Harbor in the western Upper Peninsula.
The Keweenaw ATV Trail agreement – which also has the DNR designating the Houghton and Keweenaw County ATV Trail as a restricted ORV route – was signed during the regular meeting of the Natural Resources Commission earlier this month in Ontonagon.
“The members of the Keweenaw ATV Club should be commended for their perseverance and vision in getting this agreement finalized,” said DNR Director Keith Creagh. “Because of their willingness to lay the groundwork for a workable plan that addresses maintenance, access and potential funding, many ATV riders will now get the chance to explore some of the U.P.’s most unique and beautiful terrain.”
The Keweenaw ATV Club has already secured written permission from private property owners to manage a limited trail corridor that will be recognized and designated by the state as a restricted ORV route. As part of the agreement, the club will:

  • Provide property owners along the trail with information on trail rules, signs, maintenance and enforcement procedures;
  • Keep the trail properly maintained and signed;
  • Develop and follow a trail management plan that includes safety training for volunteers; and
  • Report all law-enforcement violations to the appropriate county sheriff’s department.

For its part, the DNR will:

  • Include and promote the trail as part of the state’s designated trail system;
  • Consider grant funding requests and provide grant funding, as available, to the club for trail management and maintenance needs;
  • Permit the club to maintain the trail where it crosses state-managed land; and
  • Develop and post to the DNR website a map of the trail.

According to Ron Olson, chief of the DNR’s Parks and Recreation Division, this agreement represents the best in seamless trail management.
“This partnership with the Keweenaw ATV Club is great news for recreational trail users, and it’s a smarter use of resources all the way around,” said Olson.
“Michigan has, year-round, one of the best and most-used trail systems found anywhere in the country, and that’s due in large part to the dedicated recreationists who put in their time and energy,” he added.
Ray Chase, secretary-treasurer and general manager of the Keweenaw ATV Club, was instrumental in getting the agreement finalized.
“This agreement represents the culmination of many years of work by members of the Keweenaw ATV Club,” he said. “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the DNR and private landowners and hope to continue this relationship as we develop new trails in the future.”
Learn more about Michigan’s network of trails at

Link To East Map.

Link To West Map.