December 14th 2020 Trail Updates for Jackson & Burnett Counties

Jackson County Is Set to Open for Winter Riding on December 15th 

Photo by Jackson County Parks & Trails

Originally posted on: https://www.facebook.com/jacksonparkstrails

The Jackson County ATV Trails will open TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15!

Snowmobile trails remain closed until we get snow. 

A reminder that only ATVs are allowed in Jackson County during the winter riding season. Get out and enjoy the trails!

More information can be found here: https://www.co.jackson.wi.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={072A7209-631D-4450-A14C-CA69A56BD820}


Burnett County Frozen Ground System Update

WINTER SEASON NOTIFICATION

We do not have enough snow cover to open our snow trails, and some swamps are not yet frozen. However, the MAJORITY of the Frozen Ground ATV Trail System is open, with the exception of trail 130 and the portion of trail 151 running from trail 45 to 118 due to swamplands.

Frozen Ground Trails are marked with GREEN blazers and are shown on the back of the snowmobile map. You may also find the map under "Trail Rules, Maps and Licensing Information" on our website. Only registered machines meeting the state definition of an ATV or UTV are allowed on this trail system.

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.

Caution: Trail maintenance vehicles may be on the trails at any time. Also please watch for signage warning of logging activity. Trucks may be crossing trails.

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:
ATV/UTV Trails
Maps, Rules, and Pass & Licensing Information

TRAIL CLOSURES:

Trail 130
Trail 151 from trail 45 to 118

Contact Information:

If you need any maps other than what we have here on 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 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Maps are also available at many local businesses.

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Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce Warns About Scam (Grant County - Southern Wisconsin)

Thursday, December 10, 2020

The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce is warning businesses in the Grant County area about a scam.

A company called Hometown Productions out of Texas recently has been approaching local businesses asking them to purchase ads in a "new ATV/UTV map for Grant County". The maps have contact information for the Lancaster Chamber on them. Hometown Productions has NO affiliation with the Chamber.

Please help the Chamber spread the word to the rest of the County's business owners that if you receive anything from Hometown Productions or a phone call from them, that it is a scam and they are in no way affiliated with the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce. We support our Grant County Clubs who do a great job in providing us with a local ATV/UTV map.

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Burnett County: Winter Trails remain closed

Image by Craig Lehman

WINTER SEASON NOTIFICATION

As the Natural Resources Committee has chosen to do for many years now, keeping safety in mind, Burnett County will NOT open any Winter ATV or snowmobile recreational trails for our December 1 through March 31 riding season until after all gun deer hunting seasons. There is a muzzleloader season and also an antlerless deer season through December 13. The earliest we might be able to open ANY of these winter ATV or snowmobile trails will be on December 14. (This includes all Frozen Ground Trails.)

During this time, our Fall Riding Regulations are still in effect. If you choose to ride on Burnett County Forest Lands, please consider wearing blaze orange as you are riding at your own risk - see regulations below.

OUR FALL RIDING SEASON SEPTEMBER 16-NOV. 30
(Please read all information below)

Beginning Wednesday, September 16, State-funded trails will be 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.

USE CAUTION:

Use caution and 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 go to the WI DNR website for 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.

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.

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.

Contact Information

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

To contact Burnett County Forest & Parks, please visit their website at www.burnettcounty.com/trails.

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RESTORATION PROJECT COMPLETED AT RIVERVIEW ATV PARK

Posted by Warren Bluhm | Nov 18, 2020 | Kewaunee County, News

https://kewauneecomet.com/restoration-project-completed-at-riverview-atv-park/

A worker from Heim’s Hillcrest Dairy seeds the new 9-acre native pollinator buffer at Riverview ATV Park. Contributed photo

The views at Riverview ATV Park are going to be a bit more scenic for visitors next season when the park reopens for riding in spring 2021.

The Kewaunee County Land & Water Conservation Department as well as the Kewaunee County Promotions & Recreation Department have just wrapped up work on a restoration project at the park, which began in fall 2018, to address water quality, erosion, and habitat improvement. This initiative was made possible with the help of federal, state and community partners who worked to construct a pollinator buffer and wetland basins.

The final step in the restoration project was to seed the park's new nine-acre native pollinator buffer, and that was just completed with the help of Heim's Hillcrest Dairy, which donated its time and machinery. The pollinator buffer will benefit wildlife and pollinator species as well as prevent erosion and surface runoff.

Also, three wetland basins were created as part of the project along the western edge of the park's wooded ravine. These basins aim to boost environmental conservation efforts, including improving water quality, capturing and slowing water flow – serving an overall land area of more than 240 acres.

In addition, through a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources grant, rock was placed along the ravine corridor to stabilize the banks.

A special thank you is also being extended to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Partners for a grant that provided the construction of the wetland basins and native seed as well as Bay Lake ATV Club, a not-for-profit friends group that volunteers to help with park improvements and maintenance.

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Be Smart Before You Start During Gun-Deer Season

DNR Reminds Hunters To Ride Safely When Using ATVs/UTVs 
The DNR reminds hunters to ride safely when using ATVs and UTVs during their hunt this year. / Photo Credit: iStock/Kyryl Gorlov

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters to ride safely when using all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs) during their hunt this year.

Since January, 33 people have died in ATV and UTV-related crashes in 2020. Most of the incidents involved people not wearing a helmet or seat belt. There were 22 fatal crashes in 2019.

Hunters often use ATVs or UTVs to retrieve harvests or travel off-road to their hunting location. Hunters should remember to wear helmets and buckle up. Most hunting incidents involving ATVs or UTVs often occur on private lands and are linked by common factors.

"ATVs and UTVs are powerful and potentially dangerous vehicles. Oftentimes, accidents happen by simply going too fast for conditions, not judging the curve correctly or not knowing the terrain," said DNR Conservation Warden Lt. Jon King. "Safety is part of the fun. Please ride responsibly so everyone can get back to their families safely."

Follow these tips for a safe ride:

  • Don't drink and ride.
  • Slow down.
  • Some terrain in Wisconsin is too steep for ATV/UTVs. Please be careful while traversing hills.
  • Complete an ATV safety course. ATV riders at least 12 years old and born after Jan. 1, 1988 must complete a course before operating an ATV. UTV operators must be at least age 16. This course may be completed either in a classroom or online.
  • Display registration ID number on a rear plate for all ATVs and UTVs registered for public use.
  • Always wear a Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved helmet. Hunters are more likely to come across low hanging branches or uneven terrain. Serious injuries and death can occur even at the slowest of speeds.
  • Just as with other vehicles, long guns and bows/crossbows must be fully unloaded before transporting them in or on an ATV or UTV.
  • Remove mud, dirt and any vegetation from your machine before using it in other areas. Machines can easily transport invasive plant species or seeds that are harmful to local habitats.
  • Do not operate in or around waterways or wetlands. ATVs and UTVs are only allowed to cross waterways at bridges, roads or legal fords. Machine use in these areas is illegal and causes serious habitat damage that is very costly to repair.
  • Know before you go. Review all ATV/UTV laws here.

Contact: Lt. Martin R. Stone, DNR Off-Highway Vehicle Administrator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-778-2035
Lt. Jon King, DNR Hunter Education Administrator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-575-2294

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