Local Trail Report

Effective as of August 10 at 9 am trail 13 and 13c (Hogsback Rd) are now open. Thank you for your patience while this work was taking place.

Beginning July 6th, Augustine Creek Road (Trail 11) will be CLOSED for bridge construction. The closed area is located between Crawford Road and Shirley Lake Road. Please seek alternative routes as the bridge work will make the road impassible. Anticipated reopening is early August.
 
Please stay on marked ATV/UTV trails and routes as off trail riding is trespassing and can cause loss of trail use. Be aware of changing trail conditions due to wind or rain.

We would like to remind everyone that NOT ALL trails in the Iron County trail system are open year-round. Please follow an Iron County ATV map that shows the Summer trails and routes that are legal for use. We continue to field concerns from land owners and club members, about areas that are being damaged. Please respect these closed areas, and ALL trail boundaries so we can continue to enjoy this great trail system that has taken years to develop.

The Sheriff’s Office has received reports of ATV’s and UTV’s tearing up the intersection of Lakehead Road and Kimball Drive in the Town of Kimball along with tearing up the gravel roadways by operating recklessly. We have also received reports of individuals damaging roadwork signs and stealing them.
The Sheriff’s Office will have a ZERO tolerance policy for these operating habits and for the criminal laws of theft and criminal damage to property! If this is you, PLEASE STOP! Please do not force us to deploy camera systems and tie up deputies that need to and are responding to emergency calls throughout the day.
If this continues, you will force the Town of Kimball, and any other municipality this may be happening in to close all portions of their roadways from being used as routes by ATV’s and UTV’s. This would be extremely detrimental to Iron County’s ATV/UTV trail system. Please do not ruin it for all the law abiding tax payers of this county and visitors that help keep the economy going in this area that enjoy going out on ATV’s and UTV’s.

To help clarify when ATV trails open/close.  Many other counties have hard dates when the open/close their trails.  We don’t. Typically the ATV/UTV trails do not close in the fall.  They just roll right into Snowmobile season.  But there are a few caveats.  When the trails are froze or December 1, whichever comes first, then ATV/UTV use is prohibited if the temperature is 32 degrees or above.  This is in effect until March 31.  ATV/UTV trails close in the spring when the Snowmobile trails close, no later than March 31.  ATV/UTV trails stay closed until spring break-up conditions are good, generally around May 15.

ATV/UTVs need to follow the ATV/UTV map, even in the winter.  Tracks are not allowed on ATV/UTVs on the trails as they do not meet the WDNR definition of an ATV/UTV.  Tracks are allowed on lakes for fishing.

When we get calls from ATV/UTVers  who are looking to come up during deer season, we do caution them that many of our trails are on public and private property that are used for hunting during gun deer season and caution should be used.  Also, we remind winter ATV/UTVers that we get a lot of snow and there are many areas that they may have to get off of the trail when meeting a groomer.

We hope this helps. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

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