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Oconto County ATV/UTV Trails

 
Oconto County ATV/UTV trail system will close on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at midnight.

Get your Oconto County adventures off to a fitting start with a little all-terrain vehicle excitement. The County is home to 500 miles of interconnected scenic riding with options for all experience levels. Note: Wisconsin law requires those who use Wisconsin ATV or UTV trails to display either Wisconsin registration or a Nonresident Trail Pass.
 
The ultimate ATV excursion in Oconto County is the Nicolet State Recreational Trail, which spans the entire eastern segment of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The trail begins in Gillett. Traveling due north on this trail leads you to some seriously breathtaking scenery — including the famous Cathedral Pines State Natural Area. Here, old-growth white pine, hemlock, and red pine trees create an awe-inspiring atmosphere. Bonus: During early summer you may catch a glimpse of great blue herons nesting high in the tallest pines. It’s a great stopping point to cool off and relax a bit before getting back on your vehicle to explore more.

For your convenience, trailheads have been strategically placed throughout the County. Trailheads are located near the Hwy 32/64 intersection, just East of Chute Pond, in Gillett at Zippel Park, in Suring near the Village Hall, and Lakewood on Hwy 32. The Nicolet State Recreational Trail starts in Gillett and runs 90 miles north to connect numerous trails systems.

Nonresident ATV/UTV Trail Pass
When bringing an ATV or UTV into Wisconsin from their home state, a nonresident can operate their ATV or UTV on Wisconsin public trails with either a nonresident ATV/UTV trail pass affixed to the ATV/UTV or a valid non-resident 5-day trail use receipt, which should be in possession of the operator. Nonresidents who keep their ATV or UTV in Wisconsin must register their ATV or UTV in Wisconsin.

Annual trail pass
fee: $35; expires March 31 of each year

A nonresident can operate an ATV or UTV in Wisconsin with an annual nonresident ATV/UTV trail pass issued by the Wisconsin DNR which needs to be clearly displayed in a location forward of the operator.

5-day nonresident trail use receipt
fee: $20; issued for five consecutive days

The operator must carry the 5-day nonresident trail use receipt that is received at the time of order; no decal is issued.

NONRESIDENT ANNUAL TRAIL PASS
Nonresident annual trail passes may be ordered online on your personal electronic device or over the counter at any sales location.
  • A nonresident trail pass is required to operate an ATV or UTV not currently registered in Wisconsin on an ATV or UTV trail.
  • The pass costs $35.00.
  • The pass expires on March 31 of each year.
  • An ATV or UTV operated on frozen waters needs to display a valid Wisconsin public use ATV/UTV registration or a nonresident ATV/UTV trail pass.
  • The trail pass must be affixed by its own adhesive in a highly visible location on the forward half of the ATV or UTV.
  • Once affixed, the sticker may not be removed or transferred to another ATV or UTV.
  • A temporary operating receipt (printed on plain white paper) will be issued upon order of an annual ATV/UTV trail pass and allows you to operate immediately. Regardless of how you place your order, the physical trail pass decal will arrive in the mail in approximately two weeks.
ATV and UTV regulations for Wisconsin, click here!



Oconto County Municipal ATV/UTV Rules & Regulations
Federal & State - No ATV/UTV is permitted at any time on any Federal or State Highways. Only clearly signed sections of a limited number of County Highways are legal for ATV/UTV use. 
  • City of Oconto - All streets are open year-round.
  • City of Oconto Falls - All streets are open year-round 
  • City of Gillett - All streets are open year-round 
  • Village of Suring - Only roads marked with route signs are open year-round
  • Village of Pulaski - Village streets (not highways) are open year-round. An annual village permit fee and a sticker is required.  Contact the Pulaski Police Department for details. 
  • Village of Lena - All streets are open year-round
  • Town of Abrams - Only roads marked with route signs are open year-round
  • Town of Bagley - Only roads marked with route signs are open year-round
  • Town of Brazeau - All town roads are open year-round
  • Town of Breed - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed.
  • Town of Chase - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Doty - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Gillett - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of How - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Lena - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Lakewood - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Little River - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Maple Valley - White Lake Road & Yatso Road are the only roads in town open
  • Town of Little Suamico - All town roads are open  year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Morgan
  • Town of Mountain - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Oconto - Only roads marked with route signs are open year-round
  • Town of Oconto Falls - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Pensaukee - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Riverview - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Spruce - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Stiles - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Townsend - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed
  • Town of Underhill - All town roads are open year-round unless marked closed.