Date of Report: November 28, 2022
On July 29, 2020, the Langlade County Board of Supervisors opened Langlade County Highways as ATV/UTV routes except for the following:
ATV/UTVs operating on approved county highway routes are to be on the paved portion of the road in the direction of traffic.
Antigo ATV Trail:
The newest route in Langlade County is located north of Antigo, connecting the trail system to local lodging and restaurants. The trailhead is at the curve of Century Avenue and North Saratoga Street. The City of Antigo ATV/UTV Routes is to provide travel from a resident and/or lodging establishment within the limits of the City of Antigo for the shortest distance necessary for a person to operate an ATV/UTV to the ATV/UTV route or trail that is closest to that residence or lodging establishment.
The City of Antigo ATV/UTV route connects with the Parrish Highland Trail and the Bass Lake Area.
Augustyn Springs Trail:
Located in the northeast part of the county with 20 miles of rolling to very hilly terrain. This two-way trail travels on old logging roads which are also open to motor vehicle traffic, snowmobilers, hikers, skiers and many other recreationalists. Use caution and appropriate speed. This trail is in an area containing many other wood trails, so be alert. There is one parking/access point for this trail, Highway A, 8 miles northeast of Neva, WI.
Parrish Highlands Trail:
Located in the northwest part of the county with 55 miles of scenic terrain. This trail links up with the Lincoln County ATV trail system. This two-way trail travels on old logging roads which are also open to motor vehicle traffic, snowmobilers, hikers, skiers and many other recreationalists. Trail riding is NOT allowed in the early spring due to wetness. There are three parking/access points for the Parrish/Highlands trail. Highway Q, at the Oneida/Langlade County line; Highway H, 2 miles south of Highway 17/Q; and Highway T, 3 miles west of Highway 45 in Summit Lake, WI.
Pickerel/Pearson ATV Trail:
Located northeast of Antigo, between Post Lake & Pickerel, this trail connects the Parrish/Highlands ATV trail and the Augustyn Springs ATV trail. Running on either side of Rolling Stone Lake, and along the east side of Pickerel Lake, this trail offers beautiful scenery. Most of the trails are on roadways.
White Lake ATV Trail:
Located in the southeast corner of Langlade County, this is one of the shortest trails in the area. The two sections of this trail combines rolling and hilly terrain. You can park and access the trail around White Lake in two places, Sherry Road, 1.25 miles north of Highway 64 in Polar; and Highway M/Maple Street, in downtown White Lake. You can park and access the other section, that connects with Oconto County trails, on Highway 55 just south of Hollister, WI.
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 the WDNR, over the counter at any license sales location, or by phone at 1-877-945-4236.
Langlade County Policy:
When used 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.
ATV's are allowed on any forest road or trail that is normally open to other vehicles, except on roads or trails that are gated, bunkered, or posted as closed. Normally these areas have signs stating "No Motorized Vehicles" posted at all primary entry points. These gated areas prohibit any motorized vehicle.
Examples of these closed areas are the area immediately adjacent to and south of Jack Lake (4,500 acres), Jack Lake Cross-Country Ski Trail (2,000 acres), Moccasin Lake Road Cross- Country Ski Trail (300 acres), Stevens Springs hunter walking trails (2,200 acres), Pence Lake tower hunter walking trails (1,200 acres), and the westernmost area in the Ackley Wildlife Area (3,000 acres). Thus, approximately 13,200 acres of the 126,000-acre Langlade County Forest are closed to motorized vehicles, including ATV's. ATV's are not allowed on town roads which go through the county forest.
Please follow ATV/UTV Regulations for Wisconsin. Effective March 4, 2020, some Wisconsin ATV/UTV laws changed. To view the Wisconsin AVT/UTV Regulations Pamphlet for the law changes. The ATV/UTV Laws pamphlet still applies, unless otherwise stated in law changes.
ATV's are allowed on 500+ miles of state-funded snowmobile trails, but only after 10 days from when the trails are officially opened for snowmobiling by public notice in the Antigo Daily Journal. Once trails are officially closed for snowmobiling, ATV's must keep off the trails.
No person shall operate an ATV on any state-funded snowmobile trail when the temperature on the trail at a point four feet above the trail surface is 28° F. or higher. Chains and studded tires are prohibited on snowmobile trails.
On county forest lands, ATV's are allowed on all forest roads and trails, including those with gates, if the gate is open for snowmobiling. This includes the area south of Jack Lake, Ackley Wildlife Area, and both hunter walking trails. No ATV's are allowed on any cross country ski trail or the Kettlebowl Ski Hill.
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