Local Trail Report

All Iron County snowmobile and ATV trails will be closed effective Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 am. Gates along the trails will be closed.

All ATV trails will remain closed until break-up conditions recede. ATV trails will open on a trail-by-trail basis as trail conditions dry up and have been inspected for washouts and grade integrity. This is estimated to be mid-May.

Thank you for your cooperation during this seasonal transition time.

Eric Peterson
Forest Administrator


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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