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 in 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 trail 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 have 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 non-resident 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 placing your order, the physical trail pass decal will arrive in the mail in approximately two weeks.
1. What’s the speed limit on Oconto County Highways for ATVs/UTVs?
The posted speed limits on each Oconto County Highway will be the speed limit for ATV's/UTV. No additional speed limit signs will be installed. If the speed limit is 45 mph for vehicle traffic, it will be the same for ATV's/UTV.
2. Which Oconto County Highways are open to ATV/UTV traffic?
All Oconto County Highways north of State Highway 22 and north of CTH Y from USH 41 to Harbor Road. The section of CTH W from N Range Line Rd to Old 41 Rd, CTH WW from Hogsback Rd to CTH W, both in the Town of Little River, and CTH Q in the Town of Brazeau, are closed. These sections are border roads with Marinette County, which currently does not have them open. We are working with them to try and get this resolved, but it may take time. State and Federal Highways remain closed.
Other approved Oconto County Highways for ATV/UTV Traffic:
- CTH J from North River Road to Chicken Shack Road (2.0 miles)
- CTH Y from Porter Avenue to Harbor Road (.9 miles)
- All of CTH N and all of CTH NN
- CTH EE at CTH D to CTH E (2.36 miles)
- CTH D from the north part of Cross Road to the south part of Cross Road (.02 miles)
- CTH S from Doran Street to CTH N (0.25 miles)
- All of CTH SS
No ATV/UTV is permitted at any time on any Federal or State Highways.