The MAJORITY of our Winter Riding Season will open on Monday, December 16. We can't any earlier due to gun hunting seasons and unsafe ice crossings due to swamps yet not freezing. Be sure to check back at that time for updates and open trail information.
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During this time, our Fall Riding Regulations are still in effect. PLEASE keep in mind that there are gun deer hunting seasons from November 23 - December 15. If you choose to ride your ATV or UTV, please consider wearing blaze orange as you are riding on Burnett County Forest Lands at your own risk. Please ride with caution!
State-funded trails are closed. HOWEVER, from September 16 through November 30 the Burnett County Forest woods trails and forest roads are open for ATV/UTV use. What this means is that you can ride your registered ATV/UTV on any woods trail, snowmobile trail, and ATV trail that is located on County Forest Lands and is not bermed, gated, or signed as closed; and is at least eight feet wide. (A good rule of thumb is that if you can drive a truck down the trail, then you can take your ATV/UTV down it.) No off-trail use is allowed and operation on private lands is illegal unless you have permission from the private landowner.
It is very important to note that all of these trails are currently multi-use trails. This means that any street legal, licensed vehicle can use these trails during this time, (cars or trucks for example). It's also important to note that these trails are no longer being maintained during this time of year. For these reasons, the State-Funded Summer Use ATV Trail System is officially closed, even though you can still ride the majority of these same trails because they are located on County Forest Lands and township roads that currently allow for the use of ATV/UTVs during this time of year.
Remember, it is illegal to ride your ATV/UTV on the Gandy Dancer Trail in Burnett County south of Highway 77 at this time of year.
We have received significant amounts of rain, please watch for high water in some areas.
Look for signage regarding timber sale activity. Trucks may be crossing trails.
All ATVs and UTVs must display either a
Wisconsin registration or an ATV trail pass to ride on our trails. Only
machines meeting the state definition of an ATV/UTV are allowed on these
trails. Please follow this link for the state definitions and registration/pass information.
Some township ordinances allow for ATV/UTV use of the town roads and
others do NOT allow it. It is the rider’s responsibility to contact the
township in which you plan to ride in and get the current rules pertaining to
ATVs/UTVs and the town roads. Please follow this link for contact information for the individual townships for their rules and regulations.
NO OFF TRAIL USE IS ALLOWED - Please stay on
the trails. Much of our trail system is on private land, and we
appreciate the easements granted by our generous land owners. It only takes one
person to have the entire trail system shut down.
maintenance vehicles may be on the trails at any time.
It is your responsibility to know where you are and whose property you are
on. Please be careful, be respectful to other trail users, and ride safely.
If you need any maps, or if you need any other information, please contact Burnett County Tourism at 1-800-788-3164 or feel free to email them at e-mail.
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