ATV/UTV Safety Rules
Rules for Kids
  • Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 is required to carry a safety certificate
  • Children aged 12-15 must have an ATV Safety Certificate and be accompanied by an adult while operating on an ATV route
  • ATV safety certification may be obtained by successfully completing a DNR sponsored ATV safety course
  • No ATV operators under age 12 or UTV operators under age 16 may operate on a public roadway
  • All children under age 18 must wear an ATV or motorcycle helmet and goggles
Rules for Everyone
  • ATVs/UTVs must be registered with the State of Wisconsin in order to operate on public roads. Registration stickers and license plate must be prominently displayed on the ATV or UTV.
  • ATVs/UTVs must have their headlamps on at all times while operating on a route
  • All UTV passengers must wear safety restraints
  • Maximum speed limit on routes is 35 mph unless the posted speed limit on the road is lower
  • ATVs and UTVs must ride on the right side of the paved portion of a road in single file fashion
  • ATVs and UTVs may pull over onto the shoulder of the road when other vehicles are attempting to pass
  • It is illegal to have 2 riders on an ATV that was not designed for that purpose
  • It is illegal to operate an ATV/UTV on public roads or trails while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
  • An ATV/UTV may not be operated in a manner that noise emitted from the machine is louder than 96 decibels when measured on the "A" scale per SAE standard J1287
General Info
  • Current Presque Isle and County ordinances only allow ATV and UTV operation on town and county roads. These are referred to as routes. (Green road signs)
  • ATV and UTV operation is not allowed on private roads and driveways unless permission is granted by the property owners (Blue road signs)
  • Presque Isle does not currently have any designated ATV/UTV trails
  • Off road operation of ATVs or UTVs is prohibited unless permission is granted by the property owners