An ATV or UTV operated on a public trail or corridor needs to display valid Wisconsin Public Use registration or needs to display a valid Nonresident ATV or UTV Trail Pass. Nonresident customers choosing to register their ATV in Wisconsin will be liable to the Department of Revenue for sales tax on the purchase of the machine.
An ATV or UTV operated on frozen waters needs to display a valid Wisconsin Public Use ATV/UTV registration or Nonresident ATV or UTV Trail Pass.
The Dodge County Winter Only ATV Trail is administered by the Dodge County Land Resources and Parks Department through State DNR funding derived from a gas tax formula and ATV registration fees and trail passes. The County applies for and administers the annual DNR ATV trail grants, oversees trail improvements, handles the opening and closing of the trail system and works with local clubs to follow State regulations and guidelines to ensure a safe and well maintained trail. The Marshview Riders ATV club works with the County on ATV trail maintenance and operations issues.
Dodge County’s Winter Only ATV Trail System consists of 20 miles of publicly funded trail located on the Wild Goose State Trail from Hwy 60 to Hwy 49 in Dodge County. ATVs are not permitted on the Wild Goose State Trail in Fond du Lac County. The Wild Goose State Trail (a former railroad corridor) is a multi-use trail providing non-motorized recreation opportunities year round and snowmobile and ATV recreation in the winter months (when conditions permit trail opening).
The ATV Trail can be opened from December 1 - March 31 upon sufficient ground freeze and/or snow cover to prevent damage to the underlying limestone trail surface.
ATV riders need to verify trail status prior to riding by calling the 24 Hour Trail Status Line at (920) 386-3705. Riding when trails are closed or riding outside of the marked trail corridor is considered trespassing and may subject the rider to a citation with significant fees.
To report trail violations, get registration numbers and sled description of violators and report to 1-800-TIP-WDNR or the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department at 920-386-3726.
Parking and access to the trail is available at:
* Hwy 60 Southern Trailhead Parking Lot (~1 mile east of Hwy 28)
* Hwy 33/26 Trail Parking Lot
* East Waupun Road/Shamrock Road Parking area (~ ½ mile south of Hwy 49)
ATV riders must be aware that the trail may be shared with snowmobilers or non-motorized users:
skiing, snowshoeing, hiking or biking, depending on snow conditions.
In order to preserve these trails for future public use and enjoyment for all:
- Follow and obey all signs
- Stay on the designated trails
- Use courtesy and common sense
- Don’t ride on the adjacent horse trail or the snowmobile trails off the Wild Goose Trail
- Avoid any soft areas that may exist on the trail to prevent trail damage
- Don’t use tire chains.
Enjoy happy and safe trail riding.
WHAT ABOUT UTVs (Utility Terrain Vehicles)?
Winter Trail season currently allows registered UTVs on the ATV trail subject to the same restrictions as ATVs.
WHAT IS A UTV?
"Utility-terrain vehicle" means a commercially designed and manufactured motor-driven device that is not a golf cart, low-speed vehicle, dune buggy, mini-truck, or tracked vehicle, that is designed to be used primarily off highway, and originally manufactured and equipped with all of the following: a weight, without fluids, of less than 2,000 pounds; four or more low-pressure tires or non-pneumatic tires; cargo box installed by the manufacturer; steering wheel; tail light; brake lights; two headlights; width of not more than 65 inches; seat belts; and roll bar or similar device designed to reduce the likelihood that an occupant would be crushed as the result of a rollover.