ATV Fun in Northern Minnesota
As the popularity of OHV/ATA trails increases so do the number of great trails in our area! Itasca County offers thousands of acres of federal, state, county and industrial forest land that are open to off-highway vehicle riding, but very few designated trails exist. Forest or logging roads are an excellent choice for ATV/OHV use. Each municipality or level of government has a different management plan that governs off-highway vehicle use on their lands. Please check with those governing bodies and know the rules for the type of land you are riding on. Not all classifications of forest roads are open to traffic so be sure to know the rules before you travel.
Most snowmobile trails are not designated for ATV or other off-highway vehicle use. Many snowmobile trails cross private property under a conditional use easement that is specific to winter travel, other snowmobile trails cross swampland that is not designated for ATV or off-highway vehicle use. A sincere effort is being made to develop a comprehensive map of off-road riding opportunities and create more designated trails.
Gilbert (about 63 miles from Grand Rapids) is home to Minnesota’s first designated state recreation area for off-highway vehicles (OHV) and all-terrain vehicles (ATV). This park features more than 1,200 acres of recreation trails, scramble areas, training, hill climbs, rock crawls, special events. This northern Minnesota OHV facility is for use by off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and 4×4 Jeeps and trucks. This park is open to the public for recreational riding and will also host state and national competitive events. Park hours from May 1 to October 31 are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or until 1 hour before sunset…whichever is earlier and November 1 to April 30 the park is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 1 hour before sunset. You can learn more about the park at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/trail_detail.html?id=13
OHV policy for Chippewa National Forest: