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ATV Report for Ashland County

ATV-Riding-Forest Ashland County ATVs -

Updated 4-5-18

At this time the Tri-County corridor is open

According to the Forest Service in Ashland County….May 2, 2017
ATV Trails in Ashland County are now open (May 1st)
We ask you to use discretion when you ride as we have received a lot of rain and the trails may be soft.
Thank you!

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.

NOTE: The Tri-County Recreational Corridor, a 62-mile stretch of abandoned railroad right-of-way running from Ashland to Superior, is always OPEN.

NOTE: There are NO Go-Carts or Golf Carts allowed on the trails!!!

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.

If you would like an ATV/Snowmobile Map/Brochure for Ashland County, let us know and we will be happy to mail one out to you. Call us at 715/682-2500 or toll-free at 1-800-284-9484. Or you may view the ATV/snowmobile trail map in PDF form here.

Click here for the Ashland County Recreation Map

Ashland County UTVs – Updated 03/10/2016

For the most part, utility vehicles (UTVs) can operate on the same trails as ATVs, including the Tri-County Corridor, but there are some restrictions. UTVs can only be driven on gas tax roads, such as County F, or designated municipal routes which 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, who are at least 12 years old for ATVs (and at least 16 years old for UTVs) must complete an ATV/UTV safety certification course in order to operate on public ATV/UTV trails and areas in Wisconsin. 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.
NOTE: There is a 50-inch width restriction on ATVs and UTVs within the boundaries of National Forest lands.

Ashland County Dirt Bikes - Updated 03/10/2016

Dirt bikes (this means motorized, two-wheeled cycles that are not licensed road bikes) are allowed on the Tri-County Recreational Corridor during months with no snow. Dirt bikes are never allowed on the county’s designated ATV or snowmobile trail routes.

Dead Horse Slough Trail Head

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 for 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.

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.  The Tri-County Corridor is always open for travel.