Two state agencies are asking motorists to be aware of more ATV-UTV's on the roadways this summer.

Safety Tips Offered For ATV Operators

May 23, 2018
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Aspirus Wausau Hospital is reminding everyone to be safe this summer while riding ATVs and UTVs.

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The organizers of the Wolfman Triathlon in Langlade county are hoping there's more public input on a proposal to build an ATV bridge over the Wolf River that could affect their event.

The Triathlon is in it's 24th year and is a major event in eastern Langlade county. A White Lake ATV club wants to build a new bridge to use the Highway 64 bridge as a river crossing over the Upper Wolf River and connect to other ATV trails. They want to use the DNR station in Langlade as part of the ATV trail.

Wisconsin DNR

The state's top recreational safety person says being smart with an ATV or UTV this deer hunting season is essential.

The vehicles have proven to be an increasingly popular with hunters.

The DNR's ATV safety administrator Gary Eddy says operators might run into paths that they aren't used to taking....

"....their going to come across obstacles like stumps or steep terrain and loose gravel or leaves that they're not expecting. Safety is of utmost importance...."

Vilas County Town Votes To Allow ATV/UTV's On Roads

Apr 21, 2016

Another Vilas County town has approved travel with ATV's and UTV's on all town roads.

The Town of Washington board approved the use on a 3-0 vote after results of a mail survey to all property owners with improvements saw overwhelming support. Of 889 survey returns, 553 or 62%, favored ATV/UTV's while 336 were opposed.

Town chairman Jim Spring, who was personally opposed to the machines on town roads, indicated he acknowledges and would support the results as did supervisors Keith Numrich and Steve Burr. “

The Oneida County Board has spelled out what county roads and a bridge where ATV/UTV use will be allowed.

 Last year Three Lakes allowed ATV/UTV use on town roads. But the number of lakes halted the recreational vehicles from going across the town because they couldn't cross the U.S. 45 bridge at Crystal Lake. Town chair Stella Westfall said giving permission for the vehicles to cross the bridge would tie all the trails together...

Conover Delays Action on Bike Trail Project

Oct 30, 2014
Robert Thigpen

Conover hasn’t yet decided whether to change course on its plan for a federally-funded bike and snowmobile trial.

The Conover Town Center was packed and tempers flared last night during a special town board meeting called to discuss allowing ATVs on part of the trail route.

An ATV trail in Conover would connect trails between Eagle River and Phelps. But silent sport enthusiasts were concerned that motorizing the trail would be a danger to bikers, pedestrians, and equestrians alike.

NRB Delays Decision on Woodboro Lakes ATV Trail

Oct 29, 2014
Wisconsin DNR

The public will have a few more chances to give input before ATVs are allowed on the Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area near Rhinelander. 

The state Natural Resources Board has postponed a decision on ATV access for a specific trail, opting instead to first develop a master plan for the property.

DNR property planner Tom Watkins says that will allow managers to take a broader look at how the property should be used long term.

Conover May Question Its Bike Path Plan

Oct 27, 2014
Belal Khan

The town of Conover may reconsider its plans to build the first leg of a bike trail connecting Conover with Phelps. The move comes alongside Vilas County’s push to explore more ATV route options. 

Conover town board members are scheduled to discuss Wednesday whether to back out of an 850-thousand dollar bike path and snowmobile route. 

Funding has already been lined up from the Department of Transportation and local snowmobile clubs. 

Eagle River Considers ATVs Downtown

Oct 20, 2014
Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Eagle River is looking into a plan to allow ATVs on some downtown streets.

Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says a committee is figuring out a proposal that would detail specific routes.

“At this point no decisions have been made except coming up with a plan for it, and at that point people will have something to vote on.” 

The town of Lincoln is also looking into allowing ATVs on town roads.  

Rhinelander Man Dies in UTV Fatality

Sep 22, 2014

A UTV accident in the town of Little Rice has left a Rhinelander man dead. 

52-year-old Richard T. Johnson was killed when his UTV apparently left the roadway when going around a curve on Gobbler Lake Road, northwest of Tomahawk. 

According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened on Saturday night at about 10:40 pm.

A woman passenger was also injured and was transported to a Wausau hospital. 

Her name has not been released.

Vilas County Approves ATVs on County Highway A in Phelps

Aug 27, 2014
Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Vilas County is likely to see ATVs on some stretches of county property.

The Vilas county board voted 14-5 last night to approve an ordinance which will allow the town of Phelps to use a section of County Highway A to extend town ATV trails.  The decision effectively overturns a 2004 referendum vote in which a majority wanted no county ATV trails, as well as a subsequent county board resolution banning ATVs on county properties and roads.

The Vilas county board voted 15-4 last night to amend the county's land use plan to allow motorized trails on county land and roads. The vote is a victory for those seeking to overturn a 2004 referendum vote where a majority wanted no county ATV trails and a subsequent county board resolution banning ATV's on county properties and roads.

LDF Considers ATV Trail

Apr 6, 2014
Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Lac du Flambeau officials are wrapping up an environmental assessment of a proposed ATV/UTV trail. The Lakeland ATV Club wants to build a trail that would pass through the reservation. 

Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the proposed trail would be about 23 miles long.

“It runs from the Oneida county border of the reservation – which would be the southwest corner of the reservation – east to the Woodruff Arbor Vitae area.” 

More of Willow Flowage Opens to Vehicles

Nov 3, 2013
Ryan Afflerbaugh

Willow Flowage roads may see more ATVs and UTVs.  The DNR’s Natural Resources Board has approved an amendment that increases motorized vehicle access. 

Thomas Shockley is the DNR’s Willow Flowage Forester.  

He says the public weighed in on the original management plan for the Flowage.