Motorized Vehicles on the Ice Age Trail?

If you’re NOT a fan of this idea then help the Wisconsin DNR shape their plans!

Otherwise, Ice Age Trail users, like you, will frequently encounter bikes, ATVs and other less-compatible forms of recreation while out and about in your favorite outdoor natural area, park, or trail.

Though there are plenty of places where these motorized uses may occur on state lands, certain properties should be held for quiet recreation, such as trail hiking.

Of concern to those living or playing in Dane, Dodge, Columbia, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, and/or Sauk counties…

ATV traffic may become a reality on the Sugar River State Trail unless the DNR hears from people like you. We’ve witnessed the damage this equipment has done to rail-trails in Northwest Wisconsin like the Tuscobia State Trail and the Gandy Dancer State Trail.

Of concern to those living or playing in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and/or Waukesha counties…

Kettle Moraine State Forest lands are under consideration for motorized vehicle use. This undoubtedly which will ultimately affect the serene quality of the forest environment we’ve come to appreciate as hikers (or runners).

If you live or vacation in any of the regions with the red arrows (see below), then provide your thoughts and experiences pertaining to outdoor recreation in these areas.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, DNR Recreational Analysis OpportunitiesTO PARTICIPATE:

The DNR must hear from you.

Please go to the DNR Recreation Opportunities Analysis page.

When you arrive on the page, you will see the heading “New and Final Regions to Study”.

FIRST: You may attend the Open House meetings – see the dates below.

SECOND: To comment on the two regions currently in review, please complete the short survey for each one (three-minutes, tops!). You may complete BOTH surveys.

DEADLINE for providing YOUR POINT OF VIEW: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, DNR Recreational Analysis OpportunitiesFOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please visit the Recreational Opportunities Analysis page.

Locate your region in the list. Drop down menus reveal draft plans based on previous surveys and open-house meetings. (See small blue arrows.)

For example, of concern in the draft plan for the Great Northwest region is the DNR’s proposal to include limited motorized use in Straight Lake State Park – one of the Ice Age Trail’s signature segments.

PLEASE NOTE: Even for any of the existing draft plans (see below) please send comments and feedback to

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, DNR Recreational Opportunities AnalysisSTAY INFORMED:

To receive email updates regarding the ROA process, visit and click on the email icon near the bottom of the page titled “subscribe for updates for DNR topics,” then follow the prompts and select “Recreation opportunities analysis,” found within the list titled “outdoor recreation.”


CONTACT: Cameron Bump, DNR recreation specialist, 715-839-2786,

Please provide COMMENTS to

Thank you,

Kevin Thusius

Director of Land Conservation