Trail Updates

OUR FALL RIDING SEASON BEGINS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16!

(Please read all information below)

From September 16 through November 30 of each year the Burnett County Forest woods trails and county 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 located on County Forest Lands as long as it 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 your 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 and 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 we call the State-Funded Summer Use ATV Trail System 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.  Burnett County Forest Lands are designated in light green on the Summer-Use ATV Trail Map.

Remember, it is your responsibility to know where you are and whose property you are on.  If you are unsure of where Burnett County Forest Land is located, please refer to a Burnett County Plat Book, as this is your best resource.  Contact the U-W Extension Office at (715) 349-2151 for plat book information.

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. No off-road motorcycles are allowed on our trails or on Burnett County Forest Lands at any time.

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.

Trails will close in the event of a  Red Flag Alert due to fire danger.  Always check back for updated information before riding.

Use caution and look for signage regarding timber sale activity.  Trucks may be using trails.

Some township ordinances allow for ATV/UTV use of the town roads and other do NOT allow it.  It is the riders' 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.

NO OFF-TRAIL USE ALLOWED.  Please stay on the designated trails to protect our trail agreements with private landowners.

Caution:  Trail 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.


For specific information on our trails, follow these links:

Snowmobile Trails

ATV/UTV Trails

Maps, Rules, and Pass & Licensing Information


Contact Information

If you need any maps other than what we have our website, or if you need any other information, please contact Burnett County Tourism at 1-800-788-3164 or feel free to email them.

Maps are also available at many local businesses.

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