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Trail Ordinance

Rules to Follow While Operating on the Tri County Trail

Tri County Trail Pass
  1. All licensed and non-licensed motorized equipment which do not fall under the ATV or snowmobile definition must purchase and display a Tri County trail pass on their machine.

  2. All persons 18 years of age or older, riding a bike nonlicensed vehicle or a horse on the trail are required to purchase, and display upon request, a Tri County trail pass.

All ATVs/snowmobiles using the trail must be registered, and display valid registration decals/stickers/plates on the machine.

Nonresident Trail Pass
Please see the page on ATV registration for details on nonresidents.

Trail Seasons and Hours
The trail is open to ATVs year round, providing that in the winter season there is less than one inch of snow. However, the trail may also be closed due to unseasonably warm conditions. Always refer to the home page for permitted trail usage. The trail is always closed to ATVs from 1:00 am - 5:00 am in any season.

The trail is open to snowmobiles when there is at least 4 inches of snow. When the trail is open for snowmobiles, it is open 24 hours a day.

  • 30 mph is the maximum speed on the trail.

  • 15 mph when traveling on all bridges.

  • 10 mph when traveling through towns and cities, when traveling within 100’ of persons on foot and when traveling within 150 feet of any home/buildings.

  • 5 mph when traveling in all parking lots.

Age Operation Restrictions

  1. ATV -- if you were born on or after 01-01-1988, and are at least 12, you must possess a valid ATV safety certificate before operating on this trail. persons under 12 years of age can operate a small ATV (90cc or smaller) when accompanied by a Parent.

  2. Snowmobile -- if you were born on or after 01-01-1985, and are at least 12, you must possess a valid snowmobile safety certificate before operating on this trail.

  3. Motorcycle -- no person under the age of 12 may operate a motorcycle unless accompanied by a parent or adult (18 years of age). You can operate unaccompanied if you are between the ages of 12 to 16, if you possess a valid ATV safety certificate.

All persons under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet when operating or acting as a passenger on an ATV, motorcycle, snowmobile and nonlicensed motorized equipment.

Muffler Noise
All excessive and unusual muffler noise is prohibited while operating on this trail. Spark arresters are required on all ATVs. Check ATV and snowmobile regulations for decibel limits.

No person may operate an ATV, snowmobile, motorized vehicle or otherwise enter the property of another without the consent of the owner or lessee.

Controlled Operation
  1. Careless operation -- No person may operate an ATV, snowmobile, or motorized vehicle in any careless way so as to endanger the person or property of another

  2. Roadways -- A person may not operate an ATV or snowmobile on any roadway, unless to directly cross the road, to cross on a bridge, or if the roadway is a designated route.

This is not a complete set of rules or regulations

Tri County Trails in Southern Wisconsin
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