ATV / UTV
- Many designated ATV trails and all road routes in Bayfield County are also open to registered UTVs (designated with a solid line on the map). Trails and roads under National Forest jurisdiction are open to UTVs 50 inches wide or less (designated with dotted lines on the map).
ATV/UTV maps are available at area businesses and at locations that distribute visitor information.
In general, when riding through the area, remember to thank the businesses and organizations shown on the map. They work with the Bayfield County Tourism Department to make the map possible.
Plan ahead for ATV Registrations and Trail Passes
WI Residents – Your ATV/UTV must be registered in Wisconsin; a Trail Pass is NOT required.
Visitors – Your ATV/UTV must be registered somewhere; a Non-resident Trail Pass IS required.
Go to the WI DNR "Go Wild" website to purchase a Trail Pass. See below for detailed instructions:
Trail Passes: Click on “Quick Catalog” in lower right-hand corner and then choose the trail pass that you’d like to purchase (have your registration number ready). A receipt will be issued upon completion of order and allows you to ride immediately. You must have a receipt (printed or electronic) with you as your temporary operating permit. Regardless of how you place your order, the physical decals will arrive in the mail in approximately two weeks.
Note: The 5-Day Trail Pass must be printed from a computer (on plain white paper) by the customer or at a Go Wild location once the purchase is complete; no decals are issued for this pass.
Registrations: For options, click on “License Options/All permits, licensing and registration” and then under Recreational choose “Registration & titling information.” Proceed with one of the processes outlined. For online registration, choose “Get Started” from the home page of the Go Wild website to create an account or access an existing account.
Off-Road Motorcycles/Dirt Bikes
The legal use of off-road motorcycles (dirt bikes) in Bayfield County is limited. Off-road motorcycles are not classified as ATVs, but as motorcycles. Motorcycles operated on public roadways are subject to registration, headlights and tail lamps, exhaust, proof of insurance, driver’s license, motorcycle endorsement, and all other applicable motor vehicle laws. Citations issued to motorcycle operators may affect driving record and DOT point assessments.
Off-road motorcycles (dirt bikes) are illegal to be operated on:
- public highways, roadways, or forest roads; even if posted as an ATV route.
- Bayfield County Forest Land or any trail in the Bayfield County Forest.
- ATV trails on private property.
- private property without consent of the owner.
Off-road motorcycles may be operated on the Tri County Corridor, ATV trails on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and on private property with the owner’s consent.
On-road/off-road motorcycles may operate on roadways, if motorcycle and operator meet requirements of motor vehicle laws, and may operate on ATV trails on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Motorcycles operated in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest must also have USFS approved exhaust and spark arrestor.
For visitor information or to receive a current Bayfield County ATV / UTV map, contact the Tourism Department via email. To report unsafe trail conditions contact the Forestry and Parks Department by email or call 715-373-6114.
- Bayfield County Tourism Department:
715-373-6125, ext. 8
- Bayfield County Forestry & Parks Department:
- Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest:
Great Divide District (Hayward)
Washburn Ranger District
- WI DNR:
888-WDNR INFo (888-936-7463)
- Tri-County Corridor Commission:
The Tri-County Corridor connects the cities of Ashland and Superior via approximately 62 miles of improved railroad grade in Ashland, Bayfield, and Douglas Counties. This trail parallels the north side of US Highway 2 as it passes through county and national forest and near state forest.