Snowmobiling in Wisconsin

Conservation Wardens will be hitting the trails this winter

Be a safe rider; stay on the trail, wear the proper safety gear and don't drink alcohol before or during your ride.

Sign up
for a safety class to get a safety certification card (operator license)
or purchase a non-resident snowmobile trail pass
[PDF] Read through the regulations; know the laws
apply for funding

Wisconsin is the birthplace of snowmobiling and continues to offer some of the best snowmobiling opportunities you are likely to find, especially in northern Wisconsin. More than 200,000 registered snowmobiles hit Wisconsin's 25,000 miles of groomed trails each winter, making safety an important part of the ride. Ride smart from the start - take a snowmobile safety course!

If you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1985, and are at least age 12, you must complete a snowmobile safety certification course to operate a snowmobile on Wisconsin public snowmobile trails and areas. DNR recreational safety specialists recommend snowmobile operators complete a safety course.

A letter to parents, guardians, and students. [PDF]

Changes coming in 2015: snowmobile registrations and trail passes

2013 Wisconsin Act 142 takes effect July 1, 2015. Provisions include:

  • $30 for a three-year registration.
  • purchase and display of an annual trail pass required to use public trails.
  • a $20 savings off the standard $30 trail fee for members of both a local club and the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs.
  • Nonresident trail passes will increase from $35 to $50.
  • The new fee structure supports local trail maintenance and will generate additional revenue for the state snowmobile program fund.

Contact Information
Gary Eddy
Snowmobile/ATV administrator
Julie Fitzgerald
Snowmobile/ATV Operations Program Associate
Cathy Burrow
Trail grant manager
General questions
Last Revised: Monday February 09 2015