ATVing

Jackson County trails open May 15 – Oct 15 and Dec 15 – Mar 15
Clark County trails open May 1 – Oct 31 and Dec 15 – Mar 15

There are many places to ride all-terrain vehicles in the Upper Midwest but the center of the ATV universe is the Black River Falls area.

Recently voted the Best Place to go Four Wheeling by the 2019 La Crosse Tribune Best of the Best reader’s choice awards.

What makes this area known for having some of the best ATV/UTV and single-track motorcycle trails? ATVers can ride more than 100 miles through Jackson County and an additional 135 miles through neighboring Clark County.

The trails take you through rolling landscapes and over pristine streams with natural beauty truly unique in the Midwest. Riders coming to the Black River Falls area will find 335,000 acres of public forest, municipal ordinances favorable to motorized trail riding, and hundreds of miles of designated trails – everything the modern rider demands!

Businesses welcome ATV riders, who have many options for weekend stays. There are more than 500 hotel rooms in Black River Falls and other lodging options including campgrounds, lodges, resorts and bed and breakfasts.

When you’re not on the trails, enjoy great local taverns, restaurants, unique shopping, breweries, wineries and a casino. There is also a trail extension that connects with many Black River Falls businesses, including trail access to four of the motels.

ATV trail passes are $35.00.

Trail Access & Parking

Jackson County ATV Trail Access and Parking

  • On East 7th St., near Castle Mound State Park
  • Off Hwy 12, two miles west of Millston
  • Junction County Hwy O and N. Settlement Rd., one mile east of Millston
  • Ott Trail parking lot on Airport Rd., east of Black River Falls
  • Highway 54, ten miles east of Black River Falls, just east of Wildcat-Spangler Rd.
  • West Clay School Rd. near East Arbutus Campground, southeast of Hatfield
  • East Arbutus Campground, north of W. Clay School Rd.
  • Crawford Hills County Park, twenty miles west of Black River Falls on Hwy 54

Clark County ATV Trail Access and Parking

  • Oak Ridge Parking Lot, Hwy M north of Hwy GG
  • Rock Dam Park, Wildrock Park, Junction of Hwy M and Hwy I
  • Hwy 10 Parking Lot, on Hwy 10 one mile northeast of intersection of Hwy B and Hwy 10
  • Wildcat Park, Hwy B five miles east of Humbird
  • Hatfield Pines Parking Lots, two lots located off Bush Rd. east of Hwy J

All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Trail Pass – $35.00

Wisconsin law requires those who use Wisconsin ATV trails to display either Wisconsin registration or an ATV trail pass. Funds from this program will be designated for use as trail aids and related costs to enhance all Wisconsin ATV recreation. The trail pass may be purchased online at our Online Licensing Center, over the counter at any license sales location, or by phone at 1-877-945-4236.

  • The $35.00 non-resident ATV trail use pass is valid from July 1st through June 30th.
  • The ATV trail pass is required to operate an ATV.
  • The trail pass must be permanently affixed by its own adhesive in a highly visible location on the forward half of the ATV.
  • Once affixed, the sticker may not be removed or transferred to another ATV.

When use safely and wisely an all terrain vehicle (ATV) can provide a source of fun and family recreation. When used unwisely by an untrained, inexperienced operator, an all-terrain vehicle can be very, very dangerous. With safety in mind, an all-terrain vehicle can be a useful tool for work and a great means of exploring the outdoors.

AVAILABLE AT:

  • BLACK RIVER POWERSPORTS INC                          W10120 STATE HWY 54 BRF, WI 54615                               (715)284-2600
  • DNR BLK RVR FALLS SERVICE CENTER               910 HIGHWAY 54E BLACK RIVER FALLS, WI 54615       (715)284-1400
  • DOUBLE T QUIK STOP                                                 302 N WASHINGTON ST MERRILLAN, WI 54754            (715)333-7650
  • FOUR SEASONS                                                              N5885 HWY 54 BLACK RIVER FALLS, WI 54615              (715)284-3138
  • MELROSE EXPRESS MART                                         301 S WASHINGTON MELROSE, WI 54642                       (608)488-7017
  • MOE HARDWARE                                                         33 MAIN ST BLACK RIVER FALLS, WI 54615                     (715)284-4621
  • TAYLOR GENERAL STORE                                         30 2ND ST, TAYLOR, WI 54659                                               (715)662-3673
  • WAL-MART STORE 1277                                             611 HWY 54 E BLACK RIVER FALLS, WI                              (715)284-2434
  • THEISEN’S                                                                      616 HWY 54 BLACK RIVER FALLS, WI                                 (715)-284-1275

Motorcycle Registration Information – $20.00 – Effective January 1, 2008 all motorcycles and their operators must be licensed to be on the trail system with the exception of the single track motorcycle loop by Crawford Hills. All motorcycles using the Jackson County trails are required to purchase a County use sticker PRIOR TO operating on the trail system. Stickers are available at the following locations:

SurePlus Stay Hotel by Best Western-Black River Falls

Bev’s Saddle Mound Tap-Pray

Black River Powersports

Forestry and Parks Offices

Riders are cautioned to ride only on the marked trails, and to ride safely and responsibly at all times to ensure the future of the sport. STAY ON THE MARKED TRAIL – OR STAY HOME!

Please visit this site for additional information on the trails, regulations and conditions: http://www.co.jackson.wi.us

Who may operate an All-Terrain Vehicle?

  • Children who are at least 12 and who are born on or after January 1, 1988 may operate an ATV on public riding areas,(trails, frozen waters, open country and forest areas, etc) if they hold a valid WI ATV safety certificate. Other state agency and provincial safety certificates are accepted in WI.
  • NOTE: ASI (All-terrain Vehicle Safety Institute) certificates are not valid in Wisconsin.
  • Operators of all terrain vehicles (ATV) now have a convenient online method to receive ATV Safety Certification through an Internet Web course recently introduced by the state Department of Natural Resources. The Internet course is available at offroad-ed.com/wi. As an alternative, check the DNR’s Upcoming Recreational Safety Education Classes web page to find classroom courses available around the state.
  • No one under the age of 12 may operate an ATV on a roadway under any circumstances
  • No one under 16 may rent or lease an ATV.
  • Riders under age 18 must wear a helmet (motorcycle type, Snell or DOT approved) when operating on public riding areas.
  • Agriculture exemption-Children who are at least age 12 and who are born on or after January 1, 1988 may operate an ATV on lands under the management and control of a person immediate family without certification for agricultural purposes. If you operate on someone else’s land and you are at least 12 and born on or after January 1, 1988, you must be certified. Children age 12 AND who were born after January 1, 1988 may operate an ATV on certain roadways ONLY when the ATV is used exclusively as an implement of husbandry AND the person holds a valid ATV safety certificate. Operators born before January 1, 1988 are not required to hold a safety certificate for the agriculture-roadway exemption, but riders are strongly encouraged to consider taking an ATV safety course.
  • Children under age 12 may operate a Small All-Terrain Vehicle on an all-terrain vehicle trail designated by the Department if the child is wearing a helmet and accompanied by a parent. (Small ATV means an ATV that has 4 wheels and that has either an engine certified by the manufacturer and not more than 90 cc’s or an equivalent power unit-s. 23.33 (1)(jp).) (Accompanied means being subject to continuous verbal direction and control per s. 23.33(1)(a)).

NOTE:

Additional helmet information: Persons under 18 years of age may not operate or be a passenger on an ATV without wearing protective headgear (helmet) with the chin strap properly fastened.. The only exceptions are:

  1. Persons over 12 years of age traveling for hunting or fishing purposes.
  2. During operation fo