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The Hayward Lakes Area of Northern Wisconsin is blessed with very challenging ATV trails. A growing number of enthusiasts have made this area one of the top ATV destinations in Wisconsin and the Midwest.For the ATV and motorcycle enthusiast, the Chequamegon National Forest contains over 140 miles of trails. Three separate trail systems with adjoining loops, offer an exciting scenic tour of the Forest. Trails wind over rolling terrain, with towering forests and panoramic views of meadows and wetlands. Unique to the state of Wisconsin, the forest's ATV trails offer an unparalleled touring experience of the Chequamegon National Forest.

For more information, please contact:

Don Mrotek, ATV Contact: 715-634-8458 or email donmrotek@gmail.com

Chad Jacobson, Natural Resource Specialist (Recreation) Great Divide Ranger District: 715-634-4821 ext 337

Greg Peterson, Forest Administrator: 10610 Main Street, Suite 100, Hayward, WI 54843 or 715-634-4846 or email forestry@sawyercountygov.org

The Northwest Wisconsin ATV & Snowmobile Corridor Trail Map features Ashland, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Rusk, Barron, Chippewa, Washburn, Price, and Sawyer counties. This map will help you plan a trip to Northwest Wisconsin, and individual county maps will help you navigate the trails. See for yourself all of the great places you can visit on the seat of an ATV or snowmobile. Click here to view the digital Northwest Wisconsin ATV & Snowmobile Corridor Map. To order your FREE print copy of the Northwest Wisconsin ATV & Snowmobile Corridor Map, click here.

Important Wisconsin ATV Regulations

  • Out of state ATVs need a Wisconsin Trail Pass, valid July 1st through June 30th. Trail passes can be purchased at most any gas station that sells hunting and fishing licenses.
  • Persons under 18 are required to wear a helmet. Persons over 18 should wear helmets, but are not required.
  • Wisconsin does allow 2 persons to ride a machine, but it is not recommended.
  • Persons born after January 1988 are required to have taken a DNR ATV safety course. Wisconsin recognizes other states safety classes.
  • The Wisconsin DNR ATV Handbook - CLICK HERE.
  • The Wisconsin DNR UTV Handbook - CLICK HERE.

Where can I ride my ATV in Sawyer County?

1) Seeley Hills Loop: Trailhead is off of Chippewa Trail off Hwy. B - approximately 3 miles east of the junction with 27. It's on the north side of the highway and there is parking available. Another trailhead at Hayward Power Sports, 10 miles east of Hayward on 77. Approximately 50 miles of marked trials extends from the trailhead toward Seeley. For more information, contact the Sawyer County Forestry Department, 10610 Main Street, Suite 100, Hayward, WI 54843 or call 715-634-4846.

2) Dead Horse Trail: For experienced riders seeking a challenge, 56 miles of trail from Loretta north into Ashland County to Clam Lake through the Chequamegon National Forest. Trailheads at Camp Loretta and east of Clam Lake on the north side of Hwy. 77. For more information, contact the Chequamagon National Forest at P.O. Box 896, Hayward, WI 54843 or call 715-634-4821.

3) Flambeau River State Forest: 40 miles of trails through the forest, open May 15 - November 15. Trailheads on County W, 1 mile west of Connors Lake, Tower Hill Road, just north of W and Fisherman's Landing on County M. Contact Flambeau River State Forest at W1613 County Road W, Winter, WI 54896 or call 715-332-5271.

4) Tuscobia Trail: From Birchwood to Park Falls, on an abandoned railroad grade. Camping available halfway along trail at Ojibwa Park. Trail is open from April 15 to November 15, and opens to the Dead Horse Trail north, the Flambeau Trail south. Contact DNR Ranger Station, P.O. Box 187, Winter, WI 54896 or call 715-266-3511. . The townships each have their own rules/laws concerning forest roads which are maintained by the townships. Townships have jurisdiction over maintenance and law enforcement and decide whether the road will be legal for ATV travel, in which case the road must be posted with route signs.

5) City of Hayward: The following streets are open to all-terrain vehicle riding to allow access to businesses in the city. Northern ATV access route into Hayward is green trail 19 (Nelson Lake and Smith Lake), riders can travel down Olson Road to Hospital Road. Southern ATV access route into Hayward is green trail 30. Highway B from Chippewa Trail to Highway 27. Highway 27 from Highway B to South Florida Avenue. Highway 27 from Highway B to Highway 63. Olker Road from Highway B to Town of Hayward line is on Trail 24. Dakota Avenue from Highway 63 to 5th Street. Main Street from Railroad Street to 5th Street. Kansas Avenue from Railroad Street to 5th Street. 2nd Street from Vermont Avenue to California Avenue. 3rd Street from Dakota Avenue to Kansas Avenue. 4th Street from Dakota Avenue to Kansas Avenue.

Connector route from Hayward to Stone Lake is green trail 24.

Riders also can ride Hospital Road west from Olson Road, crossing Highway 27-77 to Company Lake Road. Rock Creek Road also will be open south of Highway B. The new routes will allow riders to drive from their motel to restaurants and other businesses.

Sawyer County ATV Policy: ATVs are not allowed off road on self-made trails through the timber or lowland areas. ATV's are required to stay on marked ATV trails and forest roads. Closed trails are: The Birkie Trails and marked hunter/walking trails. ATV's are not allowed to travel on snowmobile or other trails that cross privately owned property unless the trails are marked as an ATV trail or the operator has permission from the landowner. Stay on marked ATV trails/routes - just because snowmobiles use certain trails, it does not make it legal for ATV's. If you don't know if the trail is legal, don't use it.