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ATV Trail Aids

Counties, towns, cities, villages and tribes can apply for funds to acquire, insure, develop and maintain ATV trails, areas and routes.

Troutes

Specific changes to NR 64 created Hybrid Trails ("Troutes") or all-terrain vehicle trail and route combinations. To learn more about troutes, view this Troute information [PDF]. You may download the Troute information [PPT] as a PowerPoint file for use in presentations.

Who can apply

Counties, towns, cities, villages and tribes can apply for ATV Trail Aids.

Eligible items

Eligible items and funding levels

  • All terrain vehicle trails available for spring, summer, and fall reimbursable up to 100 percent of eligible maintenance costs; max: $600 per mile
  • All terrain vehicle trails available for winter riding reimbursable up to 100 percent of eligible maintenance costs; max: $100 per mile
  • Development of ATV trails and areas reimbursable up to 100 percent of eligible costs
  • Major rehabilitation of bridge structures or trails reimbursable up to 100 percent of eligible costs
  • Maintenance of ATV intensive use areas reimbursable up to 50 percent of eligible costs.

Any costs incurred PRIOR to receipt of a grant are not reimbursable and MAY jeopardize your entire grant.

Consult the ATV Application Guidelines (CF-004) [PDF] for information about eligible/ineligible costs for development and maintenance projects.

Ranking priorities

Trail funds are distributed according to the following ranked purposes (NR 64.14 [exit DNR]).

  • Maintenance of existing, approved trails, areas, and routes
  • Liability insurance acquisition
  • Easement acquisition
  • Major rehabilitation of bridge structures or trails
  • Land acquisition and development of new ATV trails and areas

Deadlines

Applications are due in the regional offices by April 15 for the following season

Help

Contact information
For questions about ATV Trail Aids, contact:
Cathy Burrow
Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
101 S Webster St
Madison, WI 53707
608-267-0494
Your DNR regional community service specialist
Your County ATV/UTV Trail Coordinator [PDF]
Last revised: Wednesday September 06 2017