Trail Conditions

Trail Updates


Every year beginning September 16, the Burnett County State-Funded Summer Use ATV/UTV trails are closed - HOWEVER, from September 16 through November 30 the Burnett County Forest woods trails and county forest roads are open for ATV/UTV use.  (Please keep reading for explanation.)

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 as long as they are not bermed, gated, or signed as closed; and are at least 8 feet wide.  (A good rule of thumb is if you can drive your 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, (trucks for example).  It is also important to note that these trails are no longer being maintained during this time of year.  For these reasons we call the State-Funded Summer Use ATV Trail System 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.  Burnett County Forest Lands are designated in light green on the Summer-Use Trail Map.  Please follow this link to see the map.

NO off-road motorcycles are allowed on our trails or on Burnett County Forest Lands at any time.

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.

All ATVs and UTVs must display either a Wisconsin registration or a non-resident 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.  

Use caution and look for signage regarding timber sale activity.  Trucks may be on trails.

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.