General Information: There are two ATV/UTV areas in Marathon County. The Burma Forest Trails and the Edgar-Fenwood Trail.
Designated ATV/UTV trails in the Burma Forest Unit and the Edgar-Fenwood ATV/UTV trail opened on Thursday, May 17, 2018. This late opening was due to wet trail conditions caused by significant late March and early April snowfalls.
The Burma ATV/UTV trails will be open between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. every day through Sunday, September 30, 2018. Trails will be closed to ATV/UTV traffic in October and November annually, and open back up in December.
Motorcycles are prohibited on all Marathon County ATV/UTV trails.
Once open, the Burma trails will be open between 6am and 10pm each day through September 30. Motorcycles and dirt bikes are prohibited on all these trails. Please stay on designated trails or they may close. For more information, Please contact the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department at 715-261-1550. Upd
Before an ATV or UTV may be operated on either trail, the vehicle must meet the DNR's definition of an ATV or UTV and must be registered.
The Edgar-Fenwood trailhead is located immediately south of the Mobil fuel station at 403 S. 3rd Ave. in Edgar, WI. This trail is an abandoned railroad grade trail that is 9.75 miles long, passing through Edgar and Fenwood and south where the trail ends just north of the Big Eau Pleine River. This trail does NOT go into Stratford. It is closed only during the gun deer hunting season; when posted closed; and after the first snow until the trail has been groomed by the local snowmobile club.
The ATV/UTV trails in the Burma Forest Unit are closed during October and November for fall hunting seasons and mid-March through April during the wet, spring thaw conditions to avoid damage to forest roads and trails.
Burma Forest ATV/UTV Trail Regulations:
1. Trails are closed to ATVs and UTVs March 15 through April 30.
2. Trails are closed to ATVs and UTVs between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am.
3. Trails are closed to ATVs and UTVs October 1 through November 30.
4. Trails are closed to motorcycles and dirt bikes.
5. Trails are closed to other motor vehicles without a permit.
ATV/UTV operators must obey "TRAIL CLOSED" and "STAY ON TRAIL" signs to protect areas that are environmentally sensitive or being rehabilitated. Additional trail information can be found here (1,103kb pdf)
Riders may contact the Park Department at 715-261-1550 or the Mid Wisconsin ATV Trail Blazers, the local Marathon County ATV club for more information.
A listing of Wisconsin ATV Clubs and ATV/UTV riding opportunities can be found here. The privately owned Embarrass River ATV Park located in Shawano County offers an ATV only riding opportunity.
Off-road motorcycles (or dirt bikes) are prohibited on Marathon County trails. Clark County, our neighboring county to the west, has an area for off-road motorcycles called Knobby Ridge Motorcycle Trails.
Wisconsin ATV regulations apply to UTVs, but additional laws regulating UTVs can be viewed at Wisconsin UTV Program.
|Some Townships and Villages Have Opened Their Roads to ATVs & UTVs
Some Marathon County townships and villages have opened their local roads to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility terrain vehicles (UTVs). The map below identifies which township and villages have met the legal requirements for opening roads to ATVs and UTVs. These legal requirements include adopting an ordinance regulating ATVs/UTVs, notifying all law enforcement agencies having jurisdiction over the roads and posting ATV/UTV route signs on designated roads. ATV/UTV routes may not include County or State highways unless authorized by the County Highway Department or Wisconsin Department of Transportation. County and State highways may be crossed perpendicularly at intersections or designated ATV/UTV route crossings. Remember to check with each municipality before you ride to avoid roads closed to ATVs/UTVs.
Keep in mind that these road routes are NOT a public trail system, are NOT funded trails and are NOT managed or maintained by Marathon County. Marathon County does NOT have maps identifying which roads are open or closed to ATVs/UTVs for townships or villages. Please contact each township or village with questions about their road routes.
|Marathon County Map by Township/Village (45 mb pdf)