ATV Trail Reports
Updated 04/27/2023 Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest motorized trail re-openings will be delayed until May 25, 2023 due to weather-related safety concerns.
Forest Service OHV, https://www.fs.usda.gov/cnnf The Tri-County Recreational Corridor is always open. Annually, all trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and the Dead Horse Run are closed to ATV use from March 15th to April 30th. But due to the above reasons they will not open until May 25.
For more information check out the Tri-County Corridor Facebook Page.
Would like to have an ATV Map for Ashland County mailed to you, either call us at 715/682-2500 or email us at email@example.com
NOTE: The Tri-County Recreational Corridor, a 62-mile stretch of abandoned railroad right-of-way running from Ashland to Superior, is ALWAYS OPEN. ATV routes and other trails designated by towns under state law are not affected by seasonal closures. Trail users should check local regulations for trails they plan to use. In the City of Ashland, ATVs are NOT allowed on the 5th Street Corridor.
Click here for a copy of the City of Ashland ATV Routes. This is an 11 x 17 PDF and will take a moment to download.
There are NO Golf Carts or Go-Carts allowed on any of the trails!!!!! ATV/UTVs registered in Wisconsin do not require an ATV/UTV trail pass. ATV trail passes for non-residents: $35 yearly or $20 for a 5 day pass. Passes can be purchased at River Rock Inn and Bait Shop and Anglers All.
The Northwest Wisconsin ATV & Snowmobile Corridor Trail Map features Ashland, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Rusk, Barron, Chippewa, Washburn, Price, and Sawyer counties. This map will help you plan a trip to Northwest Wisconsin, and individual county maps will help you navigate the trails. See for yourself all of the great places you can visit on the seat of an ATV or snowmobile. Click here or on the map cover image to the left to view the digital Northwest Wisconsin ATV & Snowmobile Corridor Map.
To order your FREE print copy of the Northwest Wisconsin ATV & Snowmobile Corridor Map, click here.
For the most part, utility vehicles (UTVs) can operate on the same trails as ATVs, including the Tri-County Recreational Corridor, but there are some restrictions. Roadway Operation-ATV/UTV Road Routes ATV/UTVs can only be driven on County Trunk Highways , such as County F, or designated municipal routes, when those routes are marked with a green sign bearing a white silhouette of an ATV/UTV. ATV and UTV operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and who are at least 12 years old, must complete an ATV/UTV safety certification course in order to operate on public ATV/UTV trails in Wisconsin. No person under 16 may operate a UTV. Children ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult when operating an ATV on road routes. DNR recreational safety specialists recommend all ATV and UTV operators complete a safety course. For more information, visit the DNR website or call the DNR toll-free at 1-888-936-7463. The Wisconsin DNR Call Center is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Direct link to the DNR ATV/UTV webpage
Here is a highlight of rules and regulations
- Only ATV’s specifically manufactured to carry two people are allowed to carry passengers. Folks can no longer have passengers on the racks ect. The aftermarket seats that can be attached to the rear rack of an ATV don’t count and ARE NOT eligible to carry a passenger.
- Headlights are required to be on at all times and operators on road routes must operate on the extreme right side of the roadway.
- All passengers in a UTV must wear seat belts.
- Helmets are strongly suggested. Helmets are not required if the person is at least 18 years of age. Children under 18 years of age are required to wear a helmet.
NOTE: There is a 50-inch width restriction on ATVs and 65-inch UTV width restriction within the boundaries of National Forest lands and public ATV trails and routes. Click here for the Wisconsin ATV-UTV regulations.
Dead Horse Slough Trail Head – UTV’s up to 65 inches in width – trail considered a wet trail. The Dead Horse Slough Trail Head is located on the north side of State Highway 77, next to the Dead Horse Slough. There is a small gravel parking lot for about 6 cars. It is possible to park a trailer in the lot, but turning space is limited. From Cable, drive east on County Highway M 20 miles to Clam Lake. Turn left (east) on State Highway 77 and drive 2.7 miles to the trailhead. From Glidden, drive north on State Highway 13 for 3 miles. Turn left (west) on State Highway 77 and travel 11.3 miles to the trailhead. Click here for a copy of the Dead Horse Run Trail Map.
Dirt bikes Limited Use Off Highway Motorcycles (OHMs), commonly called Dirt bikes (this means motorized, two-wheeled cycles that are not registered by the Department of Transportation for highway use), are allowed on the Tri-County Corridor during months with no snow. Dirt bikes are never allowed on the county’s designated ATV/UTV or snowmobile trails & road routes. Limited Use OHMs are required to be registered with DNR if they will be used on public trails.
In addition to ATV/UTVing, Ashland offers Snowmobile, cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and sledding. And be sure to check the calendar listings on this website for information on our upcoming outdoor events.
Snowmobiling in Ashland County is always an exciting adventure!
Snowmobile Report – January 31, 2023
All trails are in EXCELLENT conditions. We’ve got SNOW and cold temps to make the ride great! Groomers are all out grooming the trails. Enjoy the trails and be safe.
Please stay on the trail. A lot of Ashland County snowmobile trails are on farmers land, please be respectful so we don’t lose our easement to their property. Snowmobiles may not be modified, or operated, to amplify or otherwise increase the total vehicle noise above the originally manufactured snowmobile noise level.
As always please follow the snowmobile trail rules and regulations. As always operate with everyone’s safety in mind and report any hazardous trail issues that are observed to the Ashland County Sheriff’s Department (715-682-7023 opt 1) so that it can be forwarded to the appropriate service. The Tri-County Corridor is open from Superior to Ashland. There are still several areas on the eastern end that require attention but all known hazards have been identified and marked. Use caution when approaching ribbons, barricades, and cones.
Important reminders: There is no snowmobiling allowed from Ashland to Bad River/Odanah as snowmobiling is not permitted on reservation land. However, snowmobiling is allowed from Bad River east to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If you would like to receive an Ashland County Snowmobile map, let us know and we will mail one out to you! Call us at 715/682-2500 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northwest Wisconsin ATV & Snowmobile Corridor Trail Map features Ashland, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Rusk, Barron, Chippewa, Washburn, Price, and Sawyer counties. This map will help you plan a trip to Northwest Wisconsin, and individual county maps will help you navigate the trails. See for yourself all of the great places you can visit on the seat of an ATV or snowmobile.
Click here or on the map cover image to the left to view the digital Northwest Wisconsin ATV & Snowmobile Corridor Map. To order your FREE print copy of the Northwest Wisconsin ATV & Snowmobile Corridor Map, click here.
Effective July 1, 2015, Wisconsin snowmobile registration will cost $30.00 for three years. In addition, all snowmobiles will be required to have an annual trail pass to operate on a public trail or corridor.
- Trail passes will cost non-club/non-Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs members $30.00 and can only be purchased through the DNR.
- Members with snowmobiles registered in Wisconsin who belong to both a snowmobile club and the AWSC will be able to buy the trail pass for $10.00.
For more information on the Wisconsin Snowmobile Trail Pass, please visit the AWSC website at www.awsc.org or the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov. Ashland County Snowmobile Trails traditionally close mid-March if conditions permit they will remain open until March 31st.
Out-of-state snowmobile passes are required for non-residents and can be purchased for $50.00 at the following locations:
ASHLAND Anglers All, 2803 E. Lake Shore Drive
DNR Service Center, 2501 Golf Course Road. https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/permits/registrations/snowmobile/trailpass.html
River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 W. Lake Shore Drive
Walmart Supercenter, Sporting Goods Dept., 2500 E. Lake Shore Drive
CLAM LAKE Clam Lake Junction, 60967 State Hwy. 77
BUTTERNUT Butternut Feed Store, 121 N. Main Street
GLIDDEN Bear Necessities, 171 West Broadway
MELLEN Midland Services Mellen, 101 Wilderness Drive Northland Foods/Hardware Hank, 108 S. Main Street