Riding ATVs Down the Chequamegon Loop
Enjoy the incredible scenery in Bayfield County, "Home of Wisconsin's National Treasures." Over 180 miles of ATV trails (PLUS Forest Roads) provide year 'round fun with frequent opportunities to stop at scenic vistas and great restaurants. Our trails are maintained by dedicated volunteers from area clubs and the U.S. Forest Service.

Trail Conditions



- Many designated ATV trails and all road routes in Bayfield County are also open to registered UTVs (designated with a solid line on the map). Trails and roads under National Forest jurisdiction are open to UTVs 50 inches wide or less (designated with dotted lines on the map).

Off-Road Motorcycles/Dirt Bikes

The legal use of off-road motorcycles (dirt bikes) in Bayfield County is limited.  Off-road motorcycles are not classified as ATVs, but as motorcycles.  Motorcycles operated on public roadways are subject to registration, headlights and tail lamps, exhaust, proof of insurance, driver’s license, motorcycle endorsement, and all other applicable motor vehicle laws.  Citations issued to motorcycle operators may affect driving record and DOT point assessments.

Off-road motorcycles (dirt bikes) are illegal to be operated on:

  • public highways, roadways, or forest roads; even if posted as an ATV route.
  • Bayfield County Forest Land or any trail in the Bayfield County Forest.
  • ATV trails on private property.
  • private property without consent of the owner.

Off-road motorcycles may be operated on the Tri County Corridor, ATV trails on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and on private property with the owner’s consent.

On-road/off-road motorcycles may operate on roadways, if motorcycle and operator meet requirements of motor vehicle laws, and may operate on ATV trails on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Motorcycles operated in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest must also have USFS approved exhaust and spark arrestor.


ATV/UTV maps are available at area businesses and at locations that distribute visitor information.

In general, when riding through the area, remember to thank the businesses and organizations shown on the map. They work with the Bayfield County Tourism Department to make the map possible.

Contact Information

For visitor information or to receive a current Bayfield County ATV / UTV map, contact the Tourism Department via email.  To report unsafe trail conditions contact the Forestry and Parks Department by email or call 715-373-6114.

Phone Numbers

  • Bayfield County Tourism Department:
    715-373-6125, ext. 8
  • Bayfield County Forestry and Parks Department: 715-373-6114
  • Washburn Ranger District (USFS - CNNF):
  • Tri-County Corridor Commission: