Jackson County Parks & Trails - ALL TRAILS ARE NOW OPEN!!

ALL TRAILS ARE NOW OPEN!!Trails to Millston have been fixed and are open. Some areas may still be rough, use caution! 

The Bell Mound and The Oak Ridge Trails have both been groomed. Trails to from Black River Falls to Hatfield have also been groomed. Trails going to Pray were not groomed due to equipment breakdown.

All of our Parks are FULL for the weekend, we do not have any availability other than our walk-up sites at Wazee Lake, Merlin Lambert and Crawford Hills.

We wish everyone a wonderful Labor Day weekend. We thank you for a very busy summer in our Parks. As summer winds down and fall moves in we are still open to camp first come, first serve. We offer an $80.00/week rate and all sites are $20.00/night.

Remember to continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands often and pick up and liter on the trail system. 

Most importantly, be KIND!

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WI DNR - ATV/UTV Operators: Ride Responsibly Labor Day Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 3, 2020
Contact: Lt. Martin R. Stone, DNR Off-Highway Vehicle Administrator
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Labor Day weekend is expected to be a busy time on ATV/UTV trails and road routes as many celebrate this final weekend of summer. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR

MADISON, Wis. – The DNR is encouraging ATV and UTV operators to brush up on safe practices ahead of the Labor Day holiday. So far in 2020 there have been 23 fatal ATV and UTV incidents, compared to 14 in 2019.

The state's off-highway vehicle administrator says operators of all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and utility-terrain vehicles (UTV) should know the state laws and proven safety practices before enjoying any of Wisconsin's designated trails and routes this weekend.

"Labor Day weekend is expected to be a busy time on our trails and road routes as many celebrate this final weekend of summer," said Lt. Martin R. Stone, Off-Highway Vehicle Administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Bureau of Law Enforcement. "We want everyone to enjoy themselves and to return home with fun stories of their outings. To do that, knowing the ATV-UTV laws and safe operation practices is a must."

SAFETY TIPS & SAFETY COURSE

Stone said when used safely and wisely, ATVs and UTVs can provide a source of fun and family recreation as well as a useful tool for work and exploring the outdoors. When used unwisely by untrained, inexperienced operators, they can be dangerous. It is the responsibility of all ATV & UTV operators to make the sport a safe one. Please remember these safety tips:

  • Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during your ride.
  • Wear your seat belt and your helmet! It could save your life.
  • While you're at it, wear protective clothing such as eye protection, gloves, long pants and a long-sleeve shirt.
  • Keep your speed in check for the terrain, visibility conditions and your experience.

"One of the best things you can do is take a safety course," Stone said.

The online courses can be found here. ATV and UTV operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 who are at least 12 years old for an ATV (and at least 16 years old for UTV) must complete an ATV safety certification course to operate in Wisconsin (exception: on private property owned by operator's immediate family).

NEW LAWS REFRESHER

Stone says the new state laws, which took effect March 4, affect passenger requirements, headlamps, operational requirements, vehicle legal definitions and more. Here are the highlights:

  • ATV operators cannot have a passenger riding in or on any part of an ATV that is not designed or intended to be used by passengers. Previously, this law only applied to roadways. After market seating does not comply with the law.
  • For ATVs, low-pressure tires are no longer required; instead, the only requirement is three or more tires. ATVs are required to be commercially designed and manufactured and their width cannot exceed 50 inches as measured laterally between the outermost wheel rims on each side of the vehicle.
  • For UTVs, low-pressure tires are also no longer required; instead, they must have four or more tires. UTVs must be originally manufactured with, and must have at all times, a width of not more than 65 inches as measured laterally between the outermost wheel rims on each side of the vehicle.
  • ATVs and UTVs must now have a lighted headlamp and tail lamp during operation – regardless of time of day and location.
  • No person (except emergency services personnel) may operate an ATV or UTV that is equipped with any of the following:
    • A lamp that emits a color other than white or amber and that is visible from directly in front of the vehicle.
    • A lamp that emits any color of light other than red, yellow, amber or white and that is visible from directly behind the ATV or UTV.
    • A flashing, oscillating or rotating lamp that emits any color other than yellow or amber.
  • Any person operating an ATV or UTV must dim his or her high-beam headlamps and any auxiliary lamps when within 500 feet of an approaching ATV/UTV or vehicle, and within 500 feet to the rear of another ATV/UTV or vehicle.
  • ATVs and UTVs cannot be operated with anything else other than tires (exception: private property or frozen waters).

You can find more information on ATV and UTV regulations here

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9/2/20 Flambeau Trail Update

9-2-2020 – USFS Crews will be working this week on trail 118C-101 in the Wintergreen area. The rains this past week have resulted in some slightly larger than normal puddles, and combined with the cooler temperatures the trails are in overall GREAT shape with minimal dust! Sailor Lake Campground is located on the Flambeau Trail and has some first come first serve campsites available for the upcoming holiday weekend. Fall colors are right around the corner, with a few trees already starting to turn.

Brady Howe
Recreation

Forest Service

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Medford-Park Falls Ranger District

p: 715-762-5104

1170 4th Ave South
Park Falls, WI 54552
www.fs.fed.us

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Jackson County Trail Partial Closure Due to Rain

UPDATE FOR FRIDAY 8/28/20

The Bell Mound and Oak Ridge Trails headed to Millston are CLOSED effective Friday, August 28, 2020 due to flooding.

The Millston area received upwards of 6 inches of rain, many areas of the trail are washed out. Please be advised this area is closed until further update!

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DNR Seeks Input On Proposed ATV/UTV Route Connections In Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest

Contact(s): Phil Rynish, DNR property planner
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SUGAR CAMP, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking input on proposed plans for improved access to ATV/UTV routes and trails in and around the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest. This enhanced access would be made possible through the designation of 1.4 miles of ATV/UTV routes on DNR roads within the state forest. DNR roads proposed for ATV/UTV route designation in the towns of Sugar Camp and Woodruff, would, in conjunction with routes on local and county roads, contribute to a system of ATV/UTV routes through the forest that connect communities and provide additional recreation opportunities.

The Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest provides opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation on its 236,000 acres and more than 900 lakes within its boundaries. The forest is spread across three counties near the towns of Woodruff, Minocqua and Boulder Junction. The ATV/UTV routes are being planned through the master plan variance process. A master plan variance is a change in the use or management of an area that is consistent with the area's land management classification and objectives. This variance proposal accompanies an October 2017 amendment to the recreation portion of the State Forest's 2005 Master Plan and subsequent variances approved in 2018 and 2019.

The public can review the draft variance, maps that show the proposed and previously planned routes and submit comments here. Questions or comments should be submitted by Sept. 11, 2020.

Questions or comments can also be submitted to Phil Rynish, DNR property planner, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mail at Wisconsin DNR; Attn: Phil Rynish; PO Box 7921; Madison, WI 53707-7921.

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