Price County Snowmobile Report for 2/7/2020

 ****There is a reroute on Trail 120 that will be in effect all season. The reroute is on the Northern section that eliminates the old 120 trail from FR 519 to the intersection of 120 and 121. Reroute takes you NW up FR519 to Sheep Ranch to FR522 then connects to 101. This eliminates a very bad part of the swamp.**** 

2/5/2020 Kennan/Catawba Driftsplitters. 

Trail 94 has been re-opened and is in very good shape except for the 2 miles of the trail where logging operation continues. All trails are being groomed twice a week and in very good condition. 

02/05/2020 Prentice Bushbenders Trail Report 

Our trails held up pretty well through the warm weather Sunday. They are icy now making them harder to groom. It will take a few passes and snowmobile traffic to make them great again. They are in overall good condition. Ride safe and have fun. 

2/4/2020 Eisenstein Bushwackers 

Groomed 80 south from Park falls to Fifield to 101 To 103 then to Sugar Bush firelane then back to 104, to Wintergreen Lake Area to 101 101 to Fifield. o 80 back to Park Falls groomed all 4 times and the swamp 6 times the moguls where really bad a ton of work excellent now enjoy from the Bush wackers 

2/3/2020 Eisenstein Bushwackers 

111 from Park Falls to 105 ,then 105 to 101,back 105 to 111 ,to 110 loop groomed Wojcieszak's area Then to 111 down to 103 then groomed Round Up Bar and grill area. back out 103 to 111 to Park Falls all double groomed , was frozen hard and groomed very hard all very good . 

2/5/2020 Fifield Sno Drovers 

The trails conditions in the Pike Lake area are from very good to excellent. The cold weather has firmed up the slush on the marked lake routes, but there is still slush if you leave the marked trails. The corridors such as 101/10 get very rough following heavy traffic and, while we have increased our grooming, we need new snow. There are no bare spots, but expect moguls between grooming runs. Trail 111/19 to the north is excellent as is trail 121, as these don't experience the heavy traffic. Trail 106/19 to Iron county is still not being groomed and isn't recommended as there is flowing water over the county line. 

2/5/2020 Northwoods 

Hi Riders Above freezing temperatures and a very busy snowmobile week end left the trails with some ruts and bumps. The groomer normally would have went around Solberg Lake on Sunday afternoon, but the temperatures were too high to do an effective grooming job, so we lost one afternoon and evening of grooming this week around Solberg. We are working to catch up and are back on our regular schedule. All in all, the trails are still Good, albeit a little choppy. I was out this morning on 112, 102 and part of 141 and still could move along pretty well. I expect after we catch up grooming they will be back in Very Good shape before the weekend. The logging operation just north of Solberg park on Trail 112 is completed. The trail/logging road has a few short bare spots but easily rideable. Some blacktop road crossings may be bare. Solberg Lake was slushy and watery on Sunday, but has froze up nicely. There are ruts in some spots, but if you take it easy, it's fine. Other than that we continue to be in Snowmobile Heaven. Ride Safe, Have Fun. 

1/29/2020 Elk River Pioneers 

Pioneer trails are now in excellent condition. They are groomed at least twice per week. Trail 82 into Sawyer County is now open and in very good condition. There might be wet areas on some trails. Do not try to go off of the main trail. The north entry and exit to Wilson Lake is closed until we get some colder weather. Use the trail 80 entry and exit on the south west end of Wilson Lake. There is a logging operation on trail 85. 

1/29/2020 Chaparrals 

All trails to the east and south of Phillips are in excellent condition. Be aware of wet areas in the system. Slow down and stay on the marked trail. Do not try to go off of the trails as the ground along the sides of most trails is not frozen. Reminder of the trail reroute on trail 161 along Musser Drive. All trails are groomed at least twice per week. 

1/29/2020 Lugerville Chaser 

Our trails are being groomed twice a week and are in good to excellent condition. A power company is still working on trail 90 there is Utility signs up so use caution

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Honda expands two-seat sport side-by-side lineup

Honda unveiled two new Talon sport side-by-side models on the eve of Team Honda Talon Factory Racing's competition debut at King of the Hammers—the 2021 Talon 1000R FOX Live Valve and Talon 1000X FOX Live Valve. Important additions to the rapidly growing Talon family, the FOX Live Valve two-seat models transform the drive experience through intelligent electronic suspension that uses Honda's proprietary software to automatically adjust to terrain and driving situations, providing optimal handling performance and comfort in varying conditions.

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​As a reference, the Talon 1000R is not legal in Wisconsin as it exceeds our 65" rule.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY TRAIL UPDATE 2/04/2020

Currently ALL of Douglas County trails are open.

Please check the attached map for which trails are currently open. It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to utilize their property, so please verify that the trail you intend to use is open at this time.

We will provide updates as conditions change. Deer have been reported on trails so keep an eye out while traveling.

Please share this info with anyone that you believe would be interested…our goal is to inform as many trail riders as possible so they can adjust their plans as needed to avoid the closed portion.

I have attached a trail map which outlines the open trails.

SW QuadrantOPEN TRAILS

Trial 5 Groomed

Trial 5A Groomed

Trail 930 Groomed

Trail 935 Groomed

Trail 835 Groomed

Trial 925 Groomed

Trial 9 Groomed

SE QuadrantOPEN TRAILS

Trail 35 (WRT) Grooming later this week

Trail 35 (WRT Groomed 27b south

Trail 27B Groomed

Trail 27C Groomed

Trail41S Groomed

Trail 41B Groomed

Trail 217 Groomed

Trail 727 Groomed

Trail 17N Groomed

Trail 17S Grooming Thursday– Use caution on Creek crossings (South of Lower Eau Claire Lake)

Trail 7 Grooming later this week

Trail 27 Grooming later this week

Trail 3 Groomed

Trail 5 Groomed

Trail 41 WRT to the warming Shack Groomed(Watch for Logging)

Trail 541 Not Groomed (Watch for uneven Trail Surface)

NE Quadrant Open Trails

All Trails Are Open

All funded Brule River Riders trails have been groomed since the weekend except 35 (WRT) and 235. Both trails are expected to be groomed shortly.

635 has been groomed twice and will be groomed on an as needed basis.

Trail 4 between Hwy D and Trail 24 has a large logging operation that has turned a little nasty with the warm weather.

The logging area can be detoured around using Trail 6 and the South Shore Grade Road.

Caution Watch for logging:
On the west end of Trail 6.
On Trail 4 between Trail 6 and Hwy P.
On Trail 4 between Hwy D and Trail 24.

NW Quadrant- OPEN TRAILS

Gandy Dancer Trail Groomed (watch for deer crossing trail between Moen Rd and BB)

Saunders Grade Groomed

Wrenshall Grade Grooming tomorrow

Trail 0 Grooming tomorrow

Trail 28 Groomed

The Cross town connector Groomed

4/41 From the Warming shack west Groomed

Trail 4 Groomed

Douglas County Ski Trails

The service roads and parking lots are plowed. The Ski Trails where Groomed Friday January 24th. Ski Trails will be reassessed and potentially groomed before the weekend.

This report was prepared February 4th, 2020.

Please enjoy and Ride safe!

Clint Meyer

Park and Recreation Supervisor

Douglas County Forestry Department

9182 East Hughes Ave.

Solon Springs, WI. 54873

Phone: (715) 378-2219

Fax: (715) 378-2807

Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web:www.douglascountywi.org

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E-Newsletter: Annual meeting and Legislation update

Hello WAVTA members!
We have two updates for you.
Annual Meeting update:Registration is now open for the April workshops being hosted in Stevens Point. We're sharing the conference center with others in our motorized community so the rooms are filling fast (see instructions on page). Also know there are other hotels in the general area if the block is filled!

https://watva.org/index.php/about/2020-annual-meeting

Current ATV Legislation update:
Our omnibus legislative package has been voted out of the Senate Committee with a majority vote, the leadership in the Senate now determines when/if it will be heard on the Senate floor. On the Assembly side, this coming Tuesday (2/4/20) the Transportation Committee has tentatively scheduled an exec session to do the same for the Assembly bill.

Feel free to review and contact your state lawmaker, asking them to support it when the vote is brought forward.

https://watva.org/index.php/about/upcoming-law-changes

We hope to see you in April, the workshops are coming together nicely, we're getting more vendors on board, the cost of the meals have been greatly reduced / subsidized, thanks to a number of dealers we'll be promoting soon.

The Friday evening setting is a casual reception this year, we've rented more of the conference rooms, it will be an opportunity to mingle with others in our motorized community as well as ATV UTV clubs from around the state.

Saturday morning starts early, we have a full day of educational workshops, be sure to bring as many from your club or area as possible in case you want to split up to take in the different sessions then compare notes later.

Saturday evening is our awards banquet and more socializing opportunities. We hope you can stay and help us recognize the champions of our sport!

For those staying for Sunday morning, we've found this setting to be a perfect time and opportunity to share ideas from the floor. The past few years we've found this Sunday morning session to be quite helpful to all in attendance.

Whether you make it for one day, two days or all three, we hope to see you in Stevens Point!

Register today:

https://watva.org/index.php/about/2020-annual-meeting 

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DOUGLAS COUNTY TRAIL UPDATE 1/31/2020

Douglas County received a couple inches of snow this past weekend! Currently ALL of Douglas County trails are open and are in Great Condition and Groomed with a few exceptions.

Please check the attached map for which trails are currently open. It is critical that we respect the landowners who allow us to utilize their property, so please verify that the trail you intend to use is open at this time.

We will provide updates as conditions change. Deer have been reported on trails so keep an eye out while traveling.

Please share this info with anyone that you believe would be interested…our goal is to inform as many trail riders as possible so they can adjust their plans as needed to avoid the closed portion.

I have attached a trail map which outlines the open trails.

SW QuadrantOPEN TRAILS

  • Trial 5 Groomed
  • Trial 5A Groomed
  • Trail 930 Groomed
  • Trail 935 Not Groomed
  • Trail 835 Groomed
  • Trial 925 Groomed
  • Trial 9 Groomed

SE QuadrantOPEN TRAILS

  • Trail 35 (WRT) Groomed
  • Trail 35 (WRT Groomed
  • Trail 27B Groomed
  • Trail 27C Groomed
  • Trail41S Groomed
  • Trail 41B Groomed
  • Trail 217 Groomed
  • Trail 727 Groomed
  • Trail 17N Groomed
  • Trail 17S Groomed– Use caution on Creek crossings (South of Lower Eau Claire Lake)
  • Trail 7 Groomed
  • Trail 27 Groomed
  • Trail 3 Groomed
  • Trail 5 Groomed
  • Trail 41 WRT to the warming Shack Groomed(Watch for Logging)
  • Trail 541 Not Groomed (Watch for uneven Trail Surface)

NE Quadrant Open Trails

All Trails Are Open

All Trails have been groomed since the weekend.

Most trails have been re-groomed a second time since the weekend.
Trails are in very good to excellent condition with a good base.
The logging job between Hwy D and Trail 24 is addressing the wet corner between D and 24. This section will be bumpy but is passible just keep an eye out for the logging trucks.
Trail 235 has some large ice chunks through the Box Culvert under the freeway and is a little bumpy.

Caution Watch for logging:
On the west end of Trail 6.
On Trail 4 between Trail 6 and Hwy P.
On Trail 4 between Hwy D and Trail 24.

NW Quadrant- OPEN TRAILS

  • Gandy Dancer Trail Groomed (watch for deer crossing trail between Moen Rd and BB)
  • Saunders Grade Groomed
  • Wrenshall Grade Groomed
  • Trail 0 Groomed
  • Trail 28 Groomed
  • The Cross town connector Groomed
  • 4/41 From the Warming shack west Groomed
  • Trail 4 Groomed

Douglas County Ski Trails

The service roads and parking lots are plowed. The Ski Trails where Groomed Friday January 24th and are still in good condition.

This report was prepared January 31, 2020.

Please enjoy and Ride safe!

Clint Meyer

Park and Recreation Supervisor

Douglas County Forestry Department

9182 East Hughes Ave.

Solon Springs, WI. 54873

Phone: (715) 378-2219

Fax: (715) 378-2807

Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web:www.douglascountywi.org 

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Gov. Evers Appoints Marcy West to Natural Resources Board

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced his appointment of Marcy West of La Farge, Wisconsin to serve on the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. 

"With her years of service to the state of Wisconsin and various conservation and environmental organizations, Marcy West will be an excellent addition to the Natural Resources Board," said Gov. Evers. "I am confident she will serve the Board well as she has dedicated her career to the preservation of Wisconsin's one-of-a-kind natural resources."

For the past 23 years, West has served as the executive director of Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Prior to that, she worked as a coordinator for the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives and as the executive director of the Wisconsin Land Conservation Association Inc. She received her degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point.

This appointment fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Fred Clark. West will serve the remainder of the unexpired term that ends May 1, 2025.

​Want to learn more about the Natural Resources Board? Check out the following link: https://dnr.wi.gov/about/nrb/

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Large off-road vehicles could force ATV trails to close​

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Large off-road vehicles could force ATV trails to close - CentralMaine.com

A task force is recommending limiting the size of ATVs allowed on the state's trails, but that might not be enough to keep some corridors from closing.

The article above discusses how a wider ATV (or UTV) could be forcing land closures in central Maine.  When the wider UTV was introduced to Wisconsin, WATVA worked with county land managers to determine the 65" width. Based on those early discussions, land managers widened trails and gates to accommodate the 65". Over the past few years, WATVA leadership has talked with land managers and club leadership on the 65" rule. It would be not be in the states favor to increase that, as it would require extensive infrastructure changes on our trail system. 

Lately, there have been a few UTV models that have pushed beyond the 65" rule. Ensure that your machine does not exceed 65" before making a purchase or before heading out on the trail. There have been a few cases of registration paperwork being submitted to DNR that "fudge" registration details to hide the fact the machine is manufactured with a width greater than 65". If you fall into this category, you might receive a letter when it comes time to renew stating your machine isn't compliant and they will not accept any renewal registration for your machine. 

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2021 WATVA Annual Meeting & Convention April 16th, 17th & 18th 2021


Sponsors 

The Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association would like to thank this years dealership sponsors! If you're looking for a home dealership, you'll definitely want to check out one of the following dealerships.

2Brothers Powersports
905 Oak Ave S
Onalaska, WI 54650
(608) 781-3360
2brotherspowersports.com

Action Power Sports
S14W22605 Coral Dr
(262) 547-3088
Waukesha, WI 53186
actionps.com

Cedar Creek Motorsports
7518 WI-60 Trunk
Cedarburg, WI 53012
(262) 377-5700
cedarcreekmotorsports.com

Cozzy's Polaris
1740 US-41
Marinette, WI 54143
(715) 732-6501
cozzyspolaris.com

Englehart Inc
1589 Greenway Cross
Madison, WI 53713
(608) 274-2366
engelhart.com

Fuel Powersports
4196 S Woodcrest Ridge Dr
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 338-3684
fuelpowersports.com

Hexco Motorsports
2794 Marine Dr
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 233-3313
Jays Power Center
1355 E Main St
Reedsburg, WI 53959
(608) 768-3297
jayspowercenter.com

JC Powersports
404 N U.S. Hwy 141
Crivitz, WI 54114
(715) 854-9861
jcpowersportsonline.com

Ken's Sports
W2520 County Hwy JJ
Kaukauna, WI 54130
(844) 703-7668
kenssports.com
Rob's Performance
601 Co Rd Y
Johnson Creek, WI 53038
(920) 699-3288
robsperformance.com

Team Motorsports
1890 Mid Valley Dr
De Pere, WI 54115
(920) 983-8326
team-motorsports.com

Team Winnebagoland
5827 Green Valley Rd
Oshkosh, WI 54904
(920) 233-3070
teamwinnebagoland.com

Vetsenik Power Sports
27475 US-14
Richland Center, WI 53581
(608) 647-8808
vetesnik.com

Zacho Sports Center
2449 S Prairie View Rd
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
(715) 723-0264
zachosports.com

Friday, April 16th - Reception 

Let's Network! Our Friday evening reception included a cash bar and time to network with other club leaders, agency partners and learn about other our friends in the 4-wheel drive community.


Saturday, April 17th - Workshops (All Workshops Subject to Change)

This years workshops included:

  • Club - Dealer Partnerships: Presented by Tom Van Zeeland of Team Winnebagoland. Tom will discuss how a club and a dealership can work together to promote each other, encouraging each to increase their exposure and drive memberships. 
  • Trail & Route Sign Manufacturing: Presented by Mark Hennessy and Paul Gradian of BCE Signs. Learn about how the signs are made from BCE signs, the design and build process and how your club can order.
  • Overlanding & Slow Speed Trails: Presented by Ryan Harden of Road Legal 4WD. Learn about what overlanding is and how it can be applied to the ATV / UTV industry as well as how the Road Legal 4WD industry utilizes it. Also featuring time for learning about how slow speed trails are being utilized by the 4WD community and how it can be applied to ATV / UTV trails.
  • County Recreation Officers: Presented by the WATVA Team and Marinette County Sheriff Deputies Zak Albrecht. Learn how your club trail ambassadors can work with county recreational officers on educating, promoting and enforcement on the trails. Learn also about how club members can be utilized for welcome centers while club ambassadors are patrolling the trail systems. 
  • Trail Ambassador Program for Clubs: Presented by the WATVA Team. Learn what the Trail Ambassador program can do for your club. Also, how our new club coordinators can help facilitate club trail ambassador operations including recruitment, engagements and training.


Sunday, April 18th - Review

It's time to wrap up the weekends activity with a town-hall style review. During this meeting we discussed what we liked, didn't like and plans for the remainder of the year / next years annual meeting. This session was open to the public as we love to hear feedback on how you enjoyed (or didn't) the annual convention. 


Hotel Information 

The 2020 WATVA Annual Meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens point. If you plan on staying overnight, make sure to mention WATVA for a discounted rate!

1001 Amber Ave
Stevens Point, WI 54482
715-344-0200

https://www.stevenspointwihotel.com/

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2019-2020 Legislative Update

After so many meetings too numerous to count, our WATVA leadership team has brought forward numerous registration program updates, corrections, and changes that were asked of us by many different program partners.

On February 20th, our Senate bill was passed. On February 21st, our Assembly bill was passed. We would like to thank those that helped with the call to action and supported us in this bill. We are awaiting the Governors signature into law.

On March 3rd, 2020 our bill was signed into law by Governor Evers. It is now Act 183. ​Please see the file below explaining his partial veto.
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2019 Senate Bill 583

An Act to renumber and amend 23.33 (9) (bg); to amend 20.370 (5) (ct), 20.370 (5) (cu), 23.33 (1) (ng) 1. b., 23.33 (1) (ng) 1. h., 23.33 (1) (ng) 2. a., 23.33 (1) (ng) 2. b., 23.33 (1) (ng) 2. d., 23.33 (2) (b) 4., 23.33 (3) (em), 23.33 (4) (d) (intro.), 23.33 (6) (a), 23.33 (6) (f), 23.33 (6) (g), 23.33 (6r), 23.33 (9) (bb), 23.33 (9) (bg) (title), 340.01 (2g) and 346.02 (11); and to create 23.33 (1) (fe), 23.33 (1) (jd), 23.33 (1) (jqm), 23.33 (3) (ht), 23.33 (3g) (e), 23.33 (3g) (f), 23.33 (4z) (a) 3., 23.33 (6) (cd), 23.33 (6) (ch), 23.33 (6) (cp), 23.33 (6) (ct), 23.33 (9) (b) 7., 23.33 (9) (b) 8., 23.33 (9) (bc), 23.33 (9) (bg) 2., 23.33 (11m) and 971.19 (10m) of the statutes;

Act 183

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Wisconsin Legislature: 2019 Wisconsin Act 183

Relating to: regulation of all-terrain vehicles and utility terrain vehicles, all-terrain vehicle projects, and making an appropriation.

The Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association is requesting a bill that makes adjustments to the state's ATV / UTV program based on the need to adapt and grow the program for expanded trail access.

This legislation enhances the ability to improve, update, and adjust to the evolution and growth of the ATV / UTV registration program in Wisconsin. 

Since the 2012 legislation passed that permanently introduced and registered the Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV aka Side x Side), our organization has been gathering input from our multitude of local clubs, trail ambassadors, associated businesses, tourism affiliates, federal, state, county and local units of government that deal with our recreational industry of ATV UTV owners.

This legislation is a package of multiple upgrades and changes that address the continuing growth of our registration numbers, providing solutions necessary to better manage the registration program into the future.

The following bullet points capture the majority of changes being proposed for our ATV / UTV program (for further explanation, see the additional pages in this document):

  1.  Remove the words "low pressure tire" from the tire requirement found in the definition of an ATV or UTV.
  2. Clarify how to measure the width of an ATV and/or UTV, which is a requirement for the definition of an ATV and/or UTV in statute.
  3. Ease and simplify the registration requirements for municipally owned ATVs and UTVs.
  4. Address and establish rules for auxiliary lighting on ATVs and UTVs based on feedback from users, land managers and law enforcement officers.
  5. Make headlights mandatory for all times of the day on the trail to match the current law that requires headlights being lit on road routes.
  6. Create a statutory requirement that riders must obey regulatory signs (stop, yield, etc.) on the trail.
  7. Open further funding resources from the ATV segregated account for statewide mapping projects by non-profit organizations.
  8. Add $100 per mile for winter trail maintenance funding on trails that allow UTV vehicles in winter.
  9. Summer trail maintenance dollars will be increased by $100 per mile on the UTV side of the program, increasing the total maximum amount for maintenance to increase by 14% or up to a maximum of $800 per mile.
  10. Clarifying where someone can be tried in a court of law for falsifying registration information.
  11. ATVs that are not designed from the manufacturer for passengers are no longer allowed on the trail (it had already been illegal on route systems for some time).

1. Remove the words "low pressure tire" from the tire requirement found in the definition of an ATV or UTV.

Low pressure tires definition in current statute is no longer relevant because of technology changes in ATV UTV suspensions. Tire technology itself has changed dramatically including radial designs with a plethora of different tread options. These facts, along with the reality of the recent trend of having thousands of miles of road route expansions, make low pressure tires a definition no longer needed.Another factor is the multi-passenger UTVs requiring the newest tire technology where as required air pressure is much different than on single passenger ATVs. The simple answer is to stipulate the definition be "tire" which allows the latest tire and design technology to address machine needs based on different uses and models.  


 2. Clarify how to measure the width of an ATV and/or UTV, which is a requirement for the definition of an ATV and/or UTV in statute.

Dating back to 2007 through 2011, a time when we here in Wisconsin were conducting the pilot testing to determine if the UTVs were compatible with our ATV trail footprints, the UTV industry had yet to develop certain standards that we could consider using in our definitions as the legislature made the UTV registration permanent in 2012. One such subject was in defining "where" to measure maximum width of the machines...Since that time, the industry has now caught up, they added a width measurement standard which this legislation adopts for consistency that benefits our riders, dealerships, and law enforcement professionals alike.


 3. Ease and simplify the registration requirements for municipally owned ATVs and UTVs.

​The UTV popularity with its appeal and diversity, including utilitarian work purposes for many local and county governments is addressed with this legislation. It eases the process originally designed more for public trail and route use versus these units serving as work vehicles for these local units of government. If the government entity clearly designates the machine is owned by their government entity, under this change they would no longer be tasked with the registration process and subsequent identification requirements that trail riders are. This streamlined update also allows leased vehicles to be included whether being used for utilitarian, emergency or enforcement purposes. It further clarifies when being used for emergency response uses, the current requirements for passenger restrictions, seat belts, helmets etc. are not required.


4. Address and establish rules for auxiliary lighting on ATVs and UTVs based on feedback from users, land managers and law enforcement officers.

A dangerous trend has developed with the advancement in aftermarket and original equipment auxiliary lighting technology. High intensity lights are being added with no requirement for dimming lights to oncoming traffic. This has resulted in multiple complaints and dangerous situations. Another issue being addressed has to do with a different kind of aftermarket lighting. This language specifies that only emergency response vehicles are permitted to have flashing red or blue lights on trail systems, staying consistent with road route compliance. Currently auxiliary light options are being sold and used with red and blue colors by the general public, this legislation fixes that omission.

Lighted whips are still legal, however they are restricted in color to Amber or white (forward facing). This is to stay consistent with road route laws that already prohibit certain colors of lights.

The following rules language specifies the new lighting requirements:


5. Make headlights mandatory for all times of the day on the trail to match the current law that requires headlights being lit on road routes.

​Because ATV UTV riding networks include thousands of miles of routes that intermix and combine with trail systems, currently riders are required to have headlights lit for routes but not on trail systems. Some trails are under thick tree canopies that make for a darker riding condition. When combined with dusty scenarios, it enhances everyone's safety to require headlights lit on trails as well as routes. This is another example of making the ATV UTV law consistent, whether riding on trails or routes, the law will now be the same.


6. Create a statutory requirement that riders must obey regulatory signs (stop, yield, etc.) on the trail.

​Currently there is no statutory requirement in 23.33 that requires trail riders to comply with stop, yield, or other regulatory sign on our trail systems. The ATV UTV program registration program that started in 1986, never anticipated the growth we've had and continue to experience. Our total number of machines registered is approximately 400,000 strong and still growing. Most riders aren't aware there are no requirements to comply with regulatory signs on trail systems but as we keep expanding, it's high time to correct this omission. In the early years, there was little chance or need to have this provision, that's not the case nowadays. Another adjustment to make the law consistent whether on road routes or trail networks.


7. Open further funding resources from the ATV segregated account for statewide mapping projects by non-profit organizations.

​A major benefit to the business community, as well as the Wisconsin general economy, depends on attracting riders from out of state as well as new riders in Wisconsin coming into this type of outdoor recreation. A major tool that all riders seek are "where the riding opportunities exist" by way of a statewide riding area map. For these specialized maps to be effective, they need to be shipped to tourism centers, registration locations as well other tourist attractions where riders and potential riders can obtain them to make their travel plans accordingly. The state association has been able to secure temporary funding to produce these statewide maps, proving they are a desired and sought-after product. This update allows for a stable funding source for a statewide map using the stability of the ATV UTV registration program, self-funded to promote our own trail networks. This update also updates eligibility for a statewide app which is the current trend in society. As well, the self-funded ATV account would make eligible the acquisition to secure safety and public awareness signage that are currently not being displayed. This update also provides for communications equipment needed to enhance the safety and productivity for the dedicated volunteers doing trail and ambassador work in the back-country of Wisconsin.


8. Add $100 per mile for winter trail maintenance funding on trails that allow UTV vehicles in winter.

​​With the growing popularity of the enclosed cabs on the side x side UTVs, winter trail riding has increased greatly. In some areas of the state, the consumer is purchasing a UTV versus a snowmobile as it can be used year-round. The original UTV laws did not anticipate heated and enclosed cabs or winter use at all. This update adds an increase for the UTV side of winter funding of $100 per mile even if the winter trail is not used in the summer season. Likewise, this update provides for a new type of winter trail that may not necessarily be shared with the snowmobile community, referred to as a frozen ground winter trail. This new opportunity will apply to areas of the state that receive the cold weather but light snow cover.

Click the link below to download a PDF of the flowchart, including a page that will estimate your maintenance dollars per mile with the current system and the proposed system.

Click the image above to view a flowchart showing the proposed funding increases for the ATV / UTV program.
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9. Summer trail maintenance dollars will be increased by $100 per mile on the UTV side of the program, increasing the total maximum amount for maintenance to increase by 14% or up to a maximum of $800 per mile.

​Summer trail maintenance dollars will be increased by $100 per mile on the UTV side of the program, increasing the total maximum amount for maintenance to increase by 14% or up to a maximum of $800 per mile. With increased traffic and larger UTVs, this increase is necessary to sustain our ability to maintain our resources.


10. Clarifying where someone can be tried in a court of law for falsifying registration information.

​The original registration program of the 1980s could never had predicted the ever changing and developing ATV UTV industry. Equipment manufacturer's now build many different models and sizes, some designed for use out west in desert and/or wide-open type riding while other models are designed for narrower and smaller trail systems which better describe our woods riding here in Wisconsin. This situation has created confusion for the consumer who can legally purchase a machine that is outside of our state description of what a legal UTV or ATV is, but they later discover they can't ride it when their registration application is eventually returned. In some cases, however, the application / applicant for legal registration omits a certain model designation, yet with other examples of falsified models listed and being sent to the DNR registration bureau. Unfortunately, the state estimates as many as 10,000 machines may have already been registered when the fact is the machine is too wide or too heavy to meet the agreed upon size dimensions our trail footprints are planned around and built upon because of the falsified applications. Eventually the consumer discovers they either purchased a machine that was outside the legal parameters to be registered, only to discover they can no longer register or ride on our trail networks or even worse they are cited when discovered when riding out on the trail networks. The unscrupulous retailer bears no financial recourse under current law, simply because the original registration program is outdated. Under our change, we are clarifying where someone can be tried in a court of law for falsifying registration information.


11. ATVs that are not designed from the manufacturer for passengers are no longer allowed on the trail (it had already been illegal on route systems for some time).

During the bill signing, a line item veto power was executed which changed how the law was worded.

The new law made riding with passengers on an ATV or UTV that was not originally manufactured for passengers illegal on public trails (it was already illegal on roadways). However, the new law does allow passenger use on ATVs or UTVs not originally intended for passengers during an emergency situation for public safety entities. This would help protect those entities from lawsuit's that might arise during these types of operations, which occur throughout the year during rescue missions in remote areas.

Also adding to the confusion was the fact that passenger use on an ATV or UTV that was not originally intended for passengers was already illegal on public road routes and had been illegal for some time.

Sometimes the complexities that surround an issue are not as they first appear. We might think we understand what we're dealing with but when we dig deeper and pull away the layers, we often find something completely different.

To make a situation more complicated, others may disagree with how we want to approach the situation. A proper situation appraisal is an important step because often issues like this are found to have a tangle of divergent elements, varied opinions, different priorities or possibilities for solutions toward different needs.

Below is the wording from Act 183 regarding passenger use on All-Terrain Vehicles:

SECTION 12. 23.33 (3) (em) of the statutes is amended to read:
23.33 (3) (em) With Except as provided in sub. (11m), with a passenger riding in or on any part of a an all−terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle that is not designed or intended to be used by passengers while the all−terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle is being operated on an all−terrain vehicle route, all−terrain vehicle trail, or roadway as authorized in this section.

Act 183

In a press release after signing Act 183, Governor Evers wrote:

"I have exercised the partial veto in Section 25, relating to being a passenger on an allterrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle on public and private land. Current law prohibits a person from being a passenger on a utility terrain vehicle, regardless of location, if said vehicle is not designed for passengers. Section 25 would prohibit a person from being a passenger on an all-terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle that is not designed for passengers only on an all-terrain vehicle route, all-terrain vehicle trail, frozen water, or an authorized highway. This section would specifically not apply the prohibition to private property.

I am partially vetoing the requirement that the prohibition on unauthorized passengers only applies to designated routes and trails because I object to allowing the potentially unsafe operation of all-terrain vehicles and utility terrain vehicles in undesignated areas and on private land. If an all-terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle is not designed for passengers, then it should not be operated with passengers, except for those exceptions provided for in Section 33. The safe transportation of passengers, regardless of location, is essential to the prevention of injuries and fatalities associated with all-terrain and utility terrain vehicle use. 

by Governor Evers

We have included the press release issued by Governor Evers below.

Furthermore, the Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association was recently made aware that this law already existed for any road route (meaning it was already illegal to carry a passenger on any road route in Wisconsin). WATVA was not aware of this law change.

Passenger use on ATV's varies between states. For example, Michigan, Iowa, California does not allow passengers unless the ATV is originally manufactured for a passenger. Minnesota has some restrictions depending on which type of ATV it is (they have Class 1 and Class 2 ATVs).

The ATV Safety Institute advises that adding passengers to an ATV that is not designed for passengers changes the center of gravity and impacts the ability for the rider to safely control the machine. For best riding tips and a guide on safety, please check out the ATV Safety Institutes guide by following the following link: https://atvsafety.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ASI-ATV-Tips-Guide-2018.pdf

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Winter Riding Information

We Need You! 

Did you know most of the ATV and UTV trails, summer or winter, are maintained by a local club? Without our grassroots organizations, our states trail program would be vastly different from what we enjoy today.

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The Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association and local area clubs need your membership! 

Grassroots efforts are the foundation to our ATV, UTV, Snowmobile and other outdoor recreation programs. Without the support by the many men, woman and children around Wisconsin, our trails program would be vastly reduced.

Local chapter clubs work with land managers and law enforcement agencies to help maintain trail systems throughout the state. 

From grooming, to building trails, the efforts put forth by the members directly impact the overall statewide program. 

Without help from enthusiasts, clubs wouldn't be able to perform the duties that support our trail network. Getting involved with clubs can be as simple as supporting them financially or you can offer to help with grooming activities, trail maintenance, fundraising, safety classes, the trail ambassador program or other activities / duties that support the club. 

The Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association also needs members to support the statewide efforts to improve the image of our sport by supporting local, county, state and federal partners and by being the voice of our recreation to lawmakers in various levels of the government. The Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association helps local clubs around Wisconsin with issues such as land access, ordinances, organization and conflict resolution. 

Without our membership, we would be unable to provide the statewide resources that our clubs have utilized time and time again. 

By joining the Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association, you will receive our quarterly print publication Trail Tales as well as important email updates that require immediate attention. 

Our association is proud to have over 100 local chapter clubs throughout Wisconsin. Check out our website at www.watva.org to find your local chapter ATV / UTV Club. 


Where Can I Ride? 

Riding during the winter season in Wisconsin can be a fantastic and rewarding experience. However, the dynamics of the winter climate in Wisconsin means that the riding opportunities are not uniform. Research is needed prior to riding someplace new in Wisconsin during winter.

Counties receiving winter trail funding
The Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association is often asked "where can I ride my ATV or UTV in Winter?" Technically speaking, that's a very challenging question to answer due to all the variables. 

During Spring, Summer and Fall, Wisconsin's ATV / UTV trails are either open or closed. It's pretty black and white. However, when we are dealing with winter conditions, a lot of land managers must deal with additional circumstances that will dictate if a trail is open for ATV / UTV use. 

It can be as simple as the native soils only support travel when the ground is frozen or it can be a complex situation involving politics and issues with other user groups on shared trails.

Regardless of the situations, it's vital that you check with the locals before you head to your riding destination. On page 7, we have provided a simple map showing the counties in Wisconsin that allow some sort of Winter riding opportunities. 

What the map doesn't show are the specific rules for each county. As an example, Burnett County (northwestern Wisconsin) offers 80 miles of frozen ground ATV / UTV trails as well as 122 miles of winter trails, per their web site. For the winter trails, they require a minimum of four-inch groomed surfaces before they are open.

The Dun-Good trails in Marinette County (northeast Wisconsin), are open all year regardless of the surface condition (they do close for a few weeks in spring for the spring thaw). 

As you can see, each trail system can have their own requirements for being open during Winter. 

Riding on frozen surfaces in Wisconsin is a completely different story. Any motorized vehicle can travel along Wisconsin's waterways as long as it's frozen and there is public access to the waterway. However, some local municipals have ordinances prohibiting motorized ice travel. You will want to check with the local municipal to ensure motorized ice travel is allowed. 

Ice travel opens up riding areas to places in Wisconsin that lack off-road trails. However you must use your own judgment when it comes to ice safety. 

Counties Receiving Winter Trail Funding (with links if available) 


Rules & Regulations 

Aside from the regular regulations that apply to ATVs and UTVs, there are some other regulations you should be aware of if you're riding in Winter or on frozen surfaces.

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Wisconsin has a lot of riding opportunities for ATV and UTV users. With these opportunities, comes regulations and rules. It's important that you become familiar with these regulations prior to heading out on the trails or frozen surfaces. 

Mechanically speaking, your machine must have a spark arrester at all times, even during the winter season. The ATV or UTV cannot exceed 96 decibels. 

First and foremost, ATVs and UTVs are not allowed on snowmobile trails unless they are marked for ATV and UTV traffic. It is extremely important that you check the trail before riding on it as illegal use on a snowmobile trail could threaten the trail from closure if it's abused. This type of behavior also threatens future multi-use trail opportunities. Check with the county or local club to ensure that the trail is indeed open to ATV and UTV vehicles prior to riding.

If you're going to head out on the ice, it's important to keep alert for any ice shacks (fish shanty). Our laws state that you must slow down to 10 miles per hour or less when you are within 100 feet of an ice fishing shanty or person not on a snowmobile, ATV or other motorized vehicles.

ATVs and UTVs that are outfitted with tracks cannot be registered as an ATV, UTV or snowmobile. Therefore they can only be operated on private property or frozen surfaces. 

Some areas may have ordinances regarding the installation of floats on ATVs and UTVs as well as additional permits. Check the local ordinances and make sure to read any signs posted at the entrance or exits of a frozen body of water. You should also check with local law enforcement agencies, DNR offices or bait shops to get the most current information on ice conditions.


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Snowplowing with ATVs and UTVs
Wisconsin allows the use of ATVs and UTVs for snow removal throughout the state under the following restrictions:

  • At a speed not to exceed 5 mph while on a public sidewalk
  • At a speed not to exceed 15 mph while on or adjacent to a roadway
  • Operation is allowed on all roadways where the motor vehicle speed limit is 45 mph or less
  • Operation shall be restricted to the far right hand side of the road
  • Operation is also allowed on roads that are legal and open ATV Routes
  • Operators must be 16 years or older and if born on or after
  • January 1, 1988 must also possess a valid ATV Safety Certificate.
  • Operation is only allowed between October 1 and April 30 for the purpose of removing snow
  • Operators may not travel at a distance greater than 2 miles from
  • Their original starting or loading point
  • Machines must display one or more illuminated, yellow lights that are flashing or rotating and visible for 360 degrees

Other Provisions:
  • A city, village, or town may enact an ordinance authorizing the operation of ATVs with snow removal devices (that are operating for snow removal purposes) on roads where the speed limit is greater than 45 mph, if the road is located within the territorial boundaries of that city, village, or town; regardless of who has jurisdiction over the particular roadway.
  • ATVs/UTVs are required to have their headlamps on at all times while operating on any road. Headlamps must be able to illuminate an object at least 200 feet away. Tail lights must be visible from at least 500 feet away during the hours of darkness. Operators must be certain that their snow removal equipment does not interfere with these legal lighting requirements.
  • ATVs/UTVs must have current Public Use Registration while operating on public roadways, public road right of ways or on public sidewalks.
  • Helmets are required for all operator's under age 18, except while operating on lands under the ownership or management of their immediate family.

For all of the rules and regulations that apply to ATV and UTV operation, please check out the official regulation booklet from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. You can find that booklet at the following website address:



http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/le/LE0500.pdf

Information posted above was taken directly from the WI DNR 


Safety Information 

Aside from the regular regulations that apply to ATVs and UTVs, there are some other regulations you should be aware of if you're riding in Winter or on frozen surfaces.

Going for a winter ride can most certainly be rewarding for riders. However, with cold weather riding comes additional safety precautions that should be followed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Proper winter wear
Before we can even talk about safe riding techniques, its important that anyone venturing out for winter riding protects their own body with proper riding attire. 

Staying warm is going to be your main priority to a safe and enjoyable ride. Using loose, light and comfortable layers is a great way to keep warm. Loose fitting and layered clothing actually traps warm air generated by your body. Something to keep in mind is that the first layer of clothing should be a synthetic material that can help draw moisture away from your skin. Next, you should have insulated layer. The outer most laster should protect you from wind and rain / snow. 

Keeping the loose clothing in mind, your feet are going to be prone to frostbite as well. Two layers of loose fitting socks will help. Along with socks, make sure to wear heavily insulated boots as your machine could become entrapped by deep snow. 

Insulated gloves are also going to be important as you will be operating an ATV and / or UTV which requires some level of dexterity with your fingers. If the core temperature of your body starts to drop, blood flow will be restricted to your outer extremities which reduces your dexterity in your finger and toes. Once that happens, your fingers and toes are highly susceptible to frostbite and its important to keep them covered and warm.

Your head protection is also a key element to staying safe. A proper fitting helmet that covers all of your skin around your head and face is the best option for preventing frostbite on exposed skin surfaces.

Snowplowing with your ATV or UTV might require a less intrusive helmet (such as a DOT approved half helmet). Wearing a mask that covers the skin surfaces on your head and fits under a helmet is another great alternative.

Prepping your machine
Special care should be taken with your ATV or UTV when riding in the winter season. Mechanical issues could become life threatening situations as you might be faced with dangerous weather conditions.

Closely follow your manufacturers recommendations towards proper maintenance of your vehicle. Having your local dealership inspect your machine is another great way to ensure you're ready to ride in winter.

Riding on ice
How much ice is needed before it can be safe ice? The answer to this riddle is: there is no such thing as safe ice!

Wisconsin allows ATVs and UTVs to ride on frozen surfaces of any navigable, designated waterways. This makes using ATVs and UTVs for ice fishing very popular.

Before you head out on the ice, you will want to check with local resources on the latest ice conditions. The Internet is a great resource for checking on ice depth and conditions, however you will want to make sure the information you gather is accurate and timely. There are a few great sites that not only give you ice conditions, but user reports on how well the fish are biting!

Studding your tires for better traction can improve your performance on frozen surfaces. Make sure you follow the proper instructions for installation and maintenance on studs. If you do have studs on your vehicle, make sure to stay on the ice. Studded tires can be very harmful to any trail surface, especially groomed snow!

Tracked vehicles can be very useful for winter riding (however they are not allowed on any public trail). Make sure to keep the tracks maintained per the manufacturers guidelines!​ 

Riding on snow

Riding on snow can be a highly enjoyable experience but also presents its own set of hazards that are unique to winter reason riding. 

ATVs and UTVs work great on packed snow, however can struggle in fresh snow. If you're traveling on an unpacked surface, the snow can accumulate and pack under the frame of the vehicle, eventually lifting it off the ground. Furthermore, if your machine leaves a packed surface it can quickly become stuck in loose snow. 

Properly maintained and treaded tires will greatly help with traction on snow. Make sure you have the proper tires before heading out on a ride. 

A winch can be a valuable asset to have on your machine during winter riding. Making sure the winch is in proper working order and that the cable is functional is critical. Unspooling and inspecting your winch cable is a great way to make sure it will be ready when you need it. Furthermore, spooling your winch cable properly will increase the life of the cable and reduce any chance of a mechanical issue should you need it while out on a trail. Remember to follow the safety guidelines for proper winching as a snapped cable can injure someone.

The Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association always suggests taking a hands on safety course. Understanding how your machine handles (in both dirt and snow conditions) will increase your level of overall safety while riding. Remember, if you have an accident or breakdown in winter, your at a higher risk of weather related exposure injuries.


Winter Trail Riding E-book

To view the information on this page in book format, click the link below.

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Frequently Asked Questions About ATV & UTV Laws

When you register your ATV and / or UTV for the first time, you might receive a handy little booklet from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources which explains the current laws within the state. If you didn't, here is what it looks like: https://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/le/LE0500.pdf

In the event you were not able to take the time to read over the entire document, here is a post that goes over the frequently asked questions regarding ATV / UTV laws within the state.


  • Every person born after 01-01-1988 must take and pass a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ATV safety course to legally operate an ATV or UTV on a public trail or route. Yes, this applies to people in their early 30's, it doesn't matter if you have your driver's license or not. The DNR ATV Safety course covers ATV / UTV laws and ethics.
  • You must be at least 16 years old and have a WI DNR ATV safety certificate to operate an ATV or UTV by yourself on any road route. 12-15 year old youths are permitted to ride ATV's (not UTV's) on a road route ONLY IF accompanied by a parent or parent approved adult. However, some municipalities have different age minimums, specific hours of operation, mandatory insurance with some even requiring a valid drivers license. Remember, it's up to the owner / rider to learn and follow municipal ordinances that sometimes differ from Wisconsin state laws.
  • Any person, operator or passenger under the age of 18 MUST wear a helmet that is approved from the Department of Transportation (DOT). A bicycle helmet does not qualify. If you can't find a helmet small enough for your child, they're probably too small to safely be riding on public trails or road routes.
  • Every occupant riding in a UTV must be seated with a seatbelt fastened in a manner prescribed by the manufacturer. No passenger can ride in or on any part of a UTV that is not designed or intended to be used by passengers. You cannot ride in the back storage box areas, sitting on someone's lap or on the roof.
  • Front headlights and rear taillights must be turned on, day or night, while riding on road routes & trail systems. The more visible you are to other vehicles, the safer everyone is. This safety tip applies to both road routes and trail systems.
  • All ATV's and UTV's must display a current registration sticker on BOTH sides of the vehicle as well as on a rear facing plate. The plate must have a white background and use black text. Other details about the plate do apply. 
  • No trail passes are required for in-state registrants. Wisconsin does have a non-resident trail pass (5 day or annual) with a single sticker requirement. The non-resident passes do not require rear facing plates. 
  • Wisconsin has an exhaust sound level requirement (96 dB or less) designed to keep our trails and road routes quiet. Excessive sound levels annoy and curtail access, do your part. 
  • Observe and follow all speed limits, as posted or provided in a municipal ordinance.


This is not a complete list of state ATV / UTV laws, only those that are most commonly asked about.


 Looking to hand this information out at an upcoming meeting? Download the PDF file here!

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Upcoming & Past Events

​Check out the latest events from the Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association! 


 July 27th 2019

Northland Camp & Conference Center
W10085 Pike Plans Road, Dunbar WI 54119

 Complete: Northeast Regional Meeting & Ride

 Click the link below to register for the Northeast Regional Meeting & Ride.


 August 17th 2019

Barron County ATV Playground
1450 8 3/4 street, Almena, Wisconsin 54805

 Complete: Northwest Regional Meeting & Ride

 Click the link below to register for the Northeast Regional Meeting & Ride.


 August 24th 2019

Grandma Mary's Cafe
175 U. S. Highway 14, Arena, Wisconsin 53503

 Complete: Southwest Regional Meeting & Ride

 Click the link below to register for the Southeast Regional Meeting & Ride.


 September 6th 2019

Dyracuse Recreational Park
1047 County Road O, Nekoosa, Wisconsin 54457

 WATVA Annual VIP Ride

 Click the link below to register for the 2019 VIP Ride.

WATVA 2019 VIP Ride Registration, Fri, Sep 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

Eventbrite - Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association presents WATVA 2019 VIP Ride - Friday, September 6, 2019 at Dyracuse Recreational Park, Nekoosa, WI. Find event and registration information.
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ATV / UTV Registration Funding Information

 This information is from our 2019 annual meeting & workshops, presented by Cathy Burrow from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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2019 WATVA Annual Meeting & Workshops

Overview

The Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association annual meeting and workshops are quickly approaching. This year, we plan on offering far more content than in years past. With that, we encourage your club to send three to four representatives to ensure you don't miss a topic!

Did we mention we are giving away over $3,000 to WATVA clubs that attend? Through our dealer and associate business network, we have raised over $3,000 that will be awarded on April 12th during our live game show. There is information in this packet as to which clubs are eligible as well as the application form. Your club must be present to participate to receive any of the funds.

The weekend kicks off with a special training on Friday April 12th for clubs wishing to participate in the trail ambassador club coordinator program. Club coordinators will take the rein and lead club based trail ambassador activities, as well as help coordinate & train new trail ambassadors for their club.

During lunch, we will be having a discussion and presentation on winter ATV / UTV trails in the state. Our goal is to discuss funding topics relating to winter trails, projects associated with winter trails and the overall need (if any) on the topic.

Pre-registration for lunch is required. The cost is $5.00 per person. The lunch choices are (must be chosen during registration): roast beef sandwich, sun-dried tomato basil wrap, turkey and cheese sandwich or a ham and Swiss sandwich. All sandwiches include chips, cookie and choice of an Apple or Orange.

Our Saturday evening dinner presentation will start at 6:00 p.m. and feature our annual recognition awards for outstanding volunteers throughout the state as well as our top performing trail ambassadors. Pre-registration for dinner is required and will feature a Wisconsin picnic buffet (brats & hamburgers). Each plate is $10.00.

With the financial support of Kawasaki Motor Corp., Vern's Kawasaki of Antigo and Ken's Sports out of Kaukauna, we're able to dramatically buy down the cost of the meals, making them even less than you'd pay at a fast food joint so you can stay right on site to participate in the winter trail designation / funding session!!

Venue Information

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center
1001 Amber Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481

For room reservations, please call the hotel at (715) 344-0200 and mention the ATV group for a discounted rate.


Friday April 12th 2019

​5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Trail Ambassador Club Coordinator Training

Our trail ambassador club coordinator training is for clubs that are actively involved with the trail ambassador program and meet the requirements for a club coordinator.

7:00 p.m. - WATVA Game Show Premiere

Join us as we randomly select three WATVA clubs to compete for over $3,000 in prize money! Funds were raised by our WATVA dealerships. 


Saturday April 13th 2019

​7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. - Register & Check-in

Saturday kicks off with registration and guest check-in. Check-in is located in the commons, just inside the convention center main entrance.

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Motorized Trails Panel

The shared trails panel will kick off the days workshop. Our panel will discuss topics and issues about trails between the various Wisconsin user-groups (vehicle types, seasons, terrain & trail type, trail desirability). There will be a chance for questions and answers at the end of the panel. Guests include:

  • Governors ORV Council / Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association
  • Governors OHM Council / Wisconsin Off-Highway Motorcycle Association
  • Governors Snow Council / Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs
  • Road Legal 4WD Association

Workshops: Harvest Room 

 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - WI DNR Recreation Warden Workshop

Did you know the WI DNR has recreation wardens specifically tasked with law enforcement issues for recreation? Learn about the DNR Recreation Wardens with this presentation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - ATV / UTV Program Funding & Status

Does your club work with local, state or federal land managers on trail projects? Have you ever wondered how the registration dollars are used to fund our trail program? If so, Cathy Burrow, Off-Highway Vehicles Grant Program Manager for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will present a workshop featuring how the funding program works and what is the current financial status of the ATV / UTV program.

 Workshops: Stonefield Room

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - Trail & Route Signing Handbook Panel: Update & Progress 

In 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be releasing an updated trail and route signing handbook. This workshop will cover what the changes are and have an open discussion as to the goals and objectives for the new book.

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - Dealership Workshop

Hear how Tom Van Zeeland of Team Winnebagoland in Oshkosh is helping support grassroots efforts with their grant program. If you want to learn about ways you can work with your local dealerships, this workshop is for you!


12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Working Lunch / Winter Trail Designation & Funding

How many users are enjoying the winter side of our sport? Is there proper funding to sustain the winter trail systems? What's the future for the winterized recreations? These are questions that are being asked to ensure that the winter trail program is where it should be. Join us for a lunch and discussion on how we are working on solutions to help winter trail funding in Wisconsin. Lunch will be held in the Expo center.

Lunch information: Our Saturday lunch includes your choice of a boxed lunch, and a presentation / open topic about winter trails for ATV and UTV vehicles. A lunch ticket is required to attend this workshop.

Lunch options:

  • ​Roast Beef Sandwich w/ Chips, Cookie, Apple or Orange and Soda
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Wrap w/ Chips, Cookie, Apple or Orange and Soda
  • Turkey and Cheese w/ Chips, Cookie, Apple or Orange and Soda
  • Ham and Swiss w/ Chips, Cookie, Apple or Orange and Soda

Lunch Costs: $5.00 per person.

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - Tourism: How Clubs and Businesses Can Benefit From the WI Department of Tourism

The Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association has a long history of working with the Department of Tourism to promote our association and sport. Learn how your club can forge a positive working relationship with the Department of Tourism by exchanging information on events and activities.

2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - Outdoor Skill Trainers Workshop

This workshop is geared towards exploring what the new DNR Outdoor Skill Trainers are designed to do and how they can work with your club on various topics involving education and safety.

3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - WATVA Annual Meeting

You're welcome to attend the annual business meeting for the Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association 

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - Politics 101: The Do's and Don'ts of Working with Local, State & Federal Agencies

Sometimes working with government agencies can be a challenge. This workshop will be an open discussion on what works, what doesn't work and how clubs can achieve their goals by working with town boards, county boards, state law makers and federal agencies.

2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Grant

The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is dedicated to those who work and play outdoors including, but not limited to, those who rely on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to ride, camp, hunt or fish.

Supporting the outdoor enthusiast, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative's mission is to provide practical support for efforts that promote safe, responsible use of OHVs, educate the public on proper recreational land use and wildlife conservation practices, and protect appropriate and sustainable access to public lands.

Learn more about this program and how your club can apply for funding

2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - Polaris Industry T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program

The first of its kind in the ATV industry, the T.R.A.I.L.S. grant program was launched in January 2006 for ATV clubs, associations and grassroots groups. ATV riders and the trails they use are the lifeblood of the sport and Polaris Industries Inc. aimed to create a program to help.

The T.R.A.I.L.S. program makes funds available to national, state and local organizations in the United States to ensure the future of ATV riding.

The grant program encompasses two main objectives - promoting safe and responsible riding and preserving access. Funds can be used by organizations for trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying and other projects to increase and maintain land access.

Learn more about this program and how your club can apply for funding!


6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Trail Ambassador Awards & Banquet 

Our annual awards recognition evening kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with a dinner and presentation on the volunteers that enhanced our recreation program by being ambassadors of the sport.

Meal Information:

Your choice of two: beer brats, ground beef patties or grilled chicken breasts. Served with fresh buns and condiments, home-style baked beans, Wisconsin potato salad, tomatoes, onions, pickles, cheese, coleslaw, potato chips, fresh fruit or fresh vegetables and fresh homemade cookie and bars.

Meal costs: $10.00 per person.


Sunday April 14th

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. - Annual Meeting Wrap Up Session

Our wrap up session is an open discussion towards the meeting and topics brought up during the workshops.  


Registration Information 

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Trail Tales TV - Episode 2: Trail Funding (December 1st 2018)

Trail Tales TV - Episode 2: Trail Funding (December 1st 2018)

​For our second episode, we talked about the trail funding program in Wisconsin. You can watch the show live on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/watva) or on YouTube. You can also listen to the audio portion of the show below.


Trail Tales TV - Episode 2 on YouTube

Click the video on the left to view on YouTube.


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Trail Tales TV - Episode 2 Audio Only (MP3)

​Episode 1 is out on mp3. Click to listen.


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Trail Tales TV - Episode 1 (November 24th 2018)

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​Our first episode for the 2018/2019 season was a success! It's been a while since we have published a show, however we are back for more content. You can watch the show live on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/watva) or on YouTube. You can also listen to the audio portion of the show below.


Trail Tales TV - Episode 1 on YouTube

​Episode 1 is out on YouTube. Click to watch.


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Trail Tales TV - Episode 1 Audio Only (MP3)

​Episode 1 is out on mp3. Click to listen.


Facebook Post 

Click the link on the left to  see the original Facebook video where we streamed the show.

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WATVA Publications

​The Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association has published documents for previous events and meetings. WATVA is making these publications available for the public on this page.


History of ATVs in Wisconsin

​In this document we cover the history and development of not only the ATV, but the trails and economic impact that the recreation has provided to Wisconsin. This document also includes the evolution of UTV riding in the state.

WATVA Presents: History of ATVing

Learn how the history of the ATV program evolved in Wisconsin including the safety enhancement program that aimed at expanding trail access with local area clubs.

How to Start A Club

One of the core missions of the Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association is to help organize like-minded individuals into local grassroots clubs. When a club is formed, we offer as much support as needed. As local clubs can really pull together and increase trail / route access for everyone, it's critical that the core group of individuals has the resources necessary to succeed.  

How To Start A Club

Information from the Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association and NOHVCC on how to start a club.

2017 Trail Desirability Web Survey Results

​In 2017, WATVA conducted an online survey to gather better information as to what type of riding experience the users desired to encounter on our trail systems. The results are posted in this document.

2017 Trail Desirability Web Survey Results

WATVA’s survey was conducted online and shared by our social media platforms. However, as the role of the association is to represent its members, this question is often asked during our meetings and events. Every time we seek input, we receive wide range of answers supporting the data from the survey that our riders seek diversity. Not only diversity, they seek the ability to choose what type of experience to encounter while on the trail.

2017 Winter Riding Information 

​WATVA presented this document to an audience at the Team Winnebagoland dealership during the winter of 2017. Within this document, audience members were given information about winter riding and how to obtain if a trail system was open or closed. Wisconsin has more riding opportunity during the winter months, so long as the county / trail system is open (depending on certain criteria that each county sets).

2017 Winter Riding Information Booklet

The Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association's winter riding information booklet is geared to give a broad overview of hitting the Wisconsin winter trails.
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About the Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association

About the Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association

To further enhance and to expand the vision of the Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association (WATVA), the leadership has recognized the need to provide a tangible set of goals to serve as a guide for the clubs and membership to believe in, to work toward, and to encourage others to join us!

WATVA promotes shared leaderships that strengthen the ability of organizations at the most local level. To best support and offer effective assistance to our members, our focus remains on helping form new OHV groups, offering meaningful help to existing ones, promoting a positive image in all things we do, and by establishing a communications network in which all can share their successes or ask for assistance with particular challenges. WATVA remains committed to provide educational programs and materials for youth and adults alike, to encourage awareness of the impact we all have on the future of the sport and industry of off-highway vehicles (OHV).

WATVA Goals

Ensure WATVA and its local chapters are widely recognized as a resource and support system for promoting responsible OHV use by providing useful and positive OHV information to area media, lawmakers, land managers, businesses and dealerships, and other sources as it may apply.

Ensure the behaviors of OHVers are that of enthusiasts who are respectful of other trail users; understand industry safety issues and who are environmentally responsible.
Promote the widespread image of OHV recreation as family oriented and as a responsible group maintaining sound community ethics. To assist and encourage community OHV recreational parks and/or trail systems at which safety training and responsible riding habits are a priority program.

Expand and sustain the network of OHV enthusiasts and their supporters who promote the responsible enjoyment of the OHV sport. Establish successful informational and educational displays in dealership showrooms that connect the local and state OHV organizations centering around the Ride Smart program.

Attract, train, involve, support, recognize and retain large numbers of members dedicated to promoting the WATVA's goals and mission. To coordinate and plan regional workshops that address specific needs of the members, OHV enthusiasts, land managers, tourism representatives and other advocates, to increase and maintain OHV riding area opportunities.

Promote balanced safety and environmental education. This includes but is not limited to distributing available materials through community safety programs and various demonstrations that present themselves to our memberships. To always be proactive and aggressive in delivering a consistent message that portrays the OHV sport as mainstream and socially acceptable.

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Volume 21: Issue 1 - 2016

Trail Tales Magazine


Volume 21: Issue 1 - 2016

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