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As of 5/1/2020, the County Forest ATV/UTV Trail is open.

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 Safer at Home

Under the Safer at Home order, we must do all that we can to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Chippewa County understands the public's need to enjoy the benefits of nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the Safer at Home order recognizes outdoor activity as an essential activity, people wishing to take a break outdoors are advised by public health officials to exercise in your local neighborhoods and maintain a social distance of 6 feet or more.

Currently, the safety of our staff and visitors supersedes continuing operations at certain locations.  Some State parks have already closed and if the public does not follow social distancing guidelines or vandalizes property more State and County parks and trails may close.

When you visit, you will need to take your garbage and recyclables home with you. We all play a vital role in taking care of our natural resources. Following the Leave No Trace principles helps protect the land for generations to come.

For specific information regarding the COVID-19 we encourage the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

All Trailhead facilities are Day Use Only

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there is insufficient capacity to maintain these restrooms. It is our objective to open them as soon as there are adequate staff resources, cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment.
  • Visitors are reminded to practice proper personal hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to limit groups to under ten people when enjoying the outdoors.
  • Camping or overnight congregation at any posted trailhead facility is prohibited. Dispersed camping, of small groups (under 10), is allowed in the Chippewa County Forest.    

 Thank you for your cooperation.

Matt Hansen – Chippewa County Forest Administrator
mhansen@co.chippwa.wi.us
(715) 738-2599

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Please note that the Chippewa Valley ATV Council and the Chippewa Valley ATVers actively maintain Facebook pages that may contain the most up-to-date information about the County Forest ATV Trail.

To report a violation of the rules described above, please call the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Dispatch at (715) 726-7701.  If possible, please record the license plate number of the suspect ATV.

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Chippewa County welcomes you to enjoy over 23 miles of ATV trail through the Chippewa County Forest. The hills, valleys and challenging terrain of the trail, were created by the action of glaciers, many thousands of years ago. This glacial topography is what makes this area ideal for ATV riding. You will be challenged with steep hills and valleys, as the trail winds past small lakes and beaver ponds, as well as, spectacular vistas and abundant wild life. In addition to trail, riders can enjoy approximately 20 miles of routes (mostly gravel) in the immediate vicinity of the trail. 

The Chippewa County ATV Trail is normally open to ATV riding from May 1st to November 15th of each year, except in case of emergency, when the County may close and gate the trail. Be cautious, as you never know what's around the next corner, or over the next hill, on this two-way trail!

The Chippewa County Forest is enjoyed by many different users.  Please share and protect our natural resources for future generations.(Code of Ethics)

Please observe all Chippewa County ATV Laws and stay on designated trails and routes.  Riders who cannot stay on designated trail and routes are not welcome here. Penalties for violations relating to ATV operation are between $100.00 and $500.00.

For any questions or concerns, contact the Chippewa County Land Conservation and Forest Management Department located in the Chippewa County Courthouse at 711 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls, WI  54729, or call (715) 726-7920.

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