Proposed master plan amendments would improve ATV/UTV access at three Northwoods properties

DATE: January 22, 2018
CONTACT: John Pohlman, planner, 608-264-6263

MADISON - The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on proposed amendments that would provide access for motorized recreational vehicles at three properties in the Northwoods region of Wisconsin.

In September 2017, the Natural Resources Board approved a recommendation from the Department of Natural Resources to evaluate several amendment requests the agency has received to provide all-terrain vehicle and utility terrain vehicle access across the Upper Wolf River Fishery Area and the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area. These trails would create linkages in the larger regional trail networks.

The department has also received requests to construct a multi-use parking area at the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area to serve snowmobilers, ATV/UTVs, and boaters. These facilities are not currently authorized by the respective master plans for these properties. In order for the trails and parking area to be constructed, the master plans would need to be amended to allow these uses.

The department is not undertaking a review of the entire range of management actions at these properties, but rather is focusing on potentially authorizing these changes to the existing master plans.

For initial information about the amendment process, search the DNR website,, for "master planning" and click on the link for "Northwoods amendments." People can fill out online questionnaires to submit comments, or can download the form and mail it in. Comments, either online or hardcopy, are due by February 4, 2018.

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