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Contact information
For information on the variance to the NHAL master plan, contact:
Sara Pearson
Forest Recreation Superintendent
715-892-0694
Sara.Pearson@Wisconsin.gov
Phil Rynish
Property Planner
608-266-5854
Phillip.Rynish@wisconsin.gov

ATV/UTV Route Planning in Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest

The Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest Master Plan was approved by the Natural Resources Board in 2005 and amended in 2017 to meet the public’s changing recreation needs. The 2017 Amendment allowed for the planning of 202 miles of designated ATV/UTV routes on DNR roads, trails, and short stretches of new construction. 42 miles of ATV/UTV routes were planned and approved in 2017.

This website serves as a resource for following the progress of planning the remaining 160 miles of ATV/UTV trails authorized in the 2017 Amendment.

Planning Update

DNR has initiated a master plan variance process for the Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest related to ATV/UTV route planning. The variance proposes planning an additional 19 miles of ATV/UTV routes and trails on existing DNR roads, with short stretches of new construction.

Read the 2019 Spring ATV/UTV Route Variance [PDF]

Maps of the proposed routes can be viewed in the variance document or using the interactive map below. If approved, the 2019 Spring ATV/UTV Route Variance will bring the total miles of ATV/UTV routes planned to 70.3 miles.

Planning Document Miles Planned of the 202 Total Miles Authorized
2017 Recreation Amendment 42
2018 Variance 9.3
Proposed 2019 Variance 19
Remaining Miles to be Planned 131.7

The public comment period for this variance closed August 16, 2019. Thank you to all who submitted input!

DNR is now summarizing the input received. Updates on the variance process will be posted to this website. Subscribe to receive updates via email by clicking the link near the red envelope on the right side of the page.

If you have additional questions, please contact Phil Rynish, DNR Property Planner, at 608-266-5854 or Phillip.Rynish@wisconsin.gov

The interactive web map below shows the location of proposed and approved ATV/UTV routes on DNR roads and routes on local and county roads. Local and county roads are a major contributor to the NHAL ATV/UTV route network, however they are not owned or managed by DNR. Zoom in to a section of trail to see its surroundings or click on it to learn more.

ROUTE NOTES:

  • Routes shown in the interactive map are planned only.
  • They are not necessarily open for ATV/UTV use.
  • Follow all on the ground signs for determining if certain routes are open or closed.

Click to access a full page view of the map.

Documents

The following are planning documents for Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest related to ATV/UTV Route Planning.

Contact Information

For information on the variance to the NHAL master plan, contact:
Sara Pearson
Forest Recreation Superintendent
715-892-0694
Sara.Pearson@Wisconsin.gov

OR

Phil Rynish
Property Planner
608-266-5854
Phillip.Rynish@wisconsin.gov
Last revised: Wednesday August 21 2019