Oconto County ATV Trail Update

Oconto County has a brand new signage system in place for the upcoming ATV/UTV riding season. The new “Locator Signs” will be used year-round for all users of the trail system. These 3 digit signs also feature a GPS location and logos for permitted users. Signs use the “US National Grid” GPS format. Nationally, FEMA has adopted USNG/MGRS (NAD83). This means all emergency services – EMS, Dispatch, Fire, law enforcement, and search and rescue teams will eventually adopt this format. Oconto County is ahead of the curve with the new trails signage.

This sign could save your life! Know where you are at all times when you are riding.
This sign could save your life! Know where you are at all times when you are riding.

Clubs are also working hard to mark all road crossings across the county. Research has shown that a combination of location indicators and road crossing signs are the two biggest resources when you need help. Emergency services will be able to find you more quickly if you pay attention to where you are. Those with old ATV maps are asked to recycle them and pick up a new one with the current information. The newly printed 2016 edition is available now by contacting the Oconto County Tourism office at 1113 Main St., Oconto, WI 54153. Maps may also be picked up at map sponsor locations across the county.

A major addition to our trail system is the Bonita Road connector. This link from The Nicolet State Trail in Chute Pond follows Bonita Road to Hwy W to Sheep Ranch Road, to Rohe Road, to Old Shingle Mill Road back on County W to Mountain Lakes Road and on up to Hwy T &Hwy 64. From there you can loop back up to Townsend and reconnect with the Nicolet Trail. All but a short stretch on Hwy W is true trail or gravel town roads.

Five ATV clubs are responsible for the maintainance of the almost 500-mile trail and route system. They include the Gillett Sno and ATV Riders in Gillett; the Dusty Trails ATV Club of Mountain; the Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club in Riverview, Doty and Lakewood; the Crooked Trail Riders in Crooked Lake; and Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club in Townsend. All clubs have a website where local information is available.

Info about the individual clubs and links to their websites can also be found at http://www.ocontocounty.org/tourism/trails. The clubs sponsor events over the summer months and all welcome new members. Northern Oconto County is less than a tank of gas round trip from the Fox River Valley or Green Bay and a 3-hour drive from the Milwaukee area.

Trails will open one day early this year on Saturday April 30, weather permitting. Oconto County trails connect with riding systems in Marinette, Forest and Florence counties as well as the UP of Michigan. Access to the Wolf River Trail and Langlade County is available through connections in Forest County. Overall there are thousands of miles of interconnected ATV/UTV riding opportunities in the northeast corner of Wisconsin. Come on up and ride with us…you will not be disappointed!

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