Trail Announcements


The Cheese Country ATV Trail is now open.
Please observe social distancing as per Gov Evers and CDC Guidelines

Public Participation is needed

We are providing this information to request assistance in getting support sent to the WI DNR regarding the interest in the Southwest Savanna Regional Master Plan and making the Sugar River Trail from Brodhead to Monticello and Badger Trail from Monticello to Monroe open to Multi Use recreation.

Below is the contact information that people need to reply to in a positive manner about showing support of opening the Sugar River and Badger State Trails to multi-use recreation.
The DNR Planner representative is
Savannah Ernzen, office phone is 608-266-2130,
C/O Savannah Ernzen
PO Box 7921, LF/6
Madison, WI 53707-7921

Please send emails in support of opening these trails to motorized vehicle usage. The email should include all of the positives that would occur if this were to happen:
- such as family recreation,
- economic growth,
- increase in registration dollars for the DNR,
- more tax dollars being brought into the area from people spending time in the local establishments, Gas stations, Restaurants, Grocery Stores, Camp Grounds. Cheese Stores etc.....
- Mention the Economic impact Study info from Cheese Country Trail in 2012 etc….
- Ask the question - When has a survey ever been done on the Sugar River Trail or Badger State Trail to see how many people use it weekly or month?
- Let them know “The DNR is under-utilizing resources for motorized-use recreational vehicles.”

Based on the State trail Facts updated 2-28-20 and posted on the DNR Web site.
There are 2022 miles of state parks trails open to the public.
- of that 2022 miles ATV use is limited to 205 miles
- of that 2022 miles ATV use is limited to 204 miles in Winter Only
- of that 2022 miles ATV use is limited to 154 miles in Summer Only
- of those 2022 miles Snowmobiles are allowed on over 1900 miles.
We are requesting an additional 1% of state trails to be open to Multi Use recreation.

Please send an email as soon as possible, as the Southwest Savanna Regional Master plan is to be released later this summer.

Master Plan Decisions process:
In developing an effective property master plan the department listens to many voices. Recreation users, commercial interests, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected officials, other government agencies, tribal representatives, and other interested persons or groups are all encouraged to participate. Input received at each major step in the planning process will be considered as the plan is developed. Decisions on which ideas to incorporate into the plan will be made based on the type of property, its capabilities, the best role of the property in its local, regional and statewide context, and on the professional expertise of DNR staff. Further, the plan must comply with applicable Federal Laws, State Statutes, Administrative and Department Codes, and facility design standards. While a broad range of interests will be listened to and considered in developing a proposed master plan, the final decision-making responsibility and authority on the master plan rests with the DNR’s citizen policy-making Natural Resources Board.



 ATV/UTV routes throughout the City of Monroe are closed from 11:00pm to 7:00am and ATV/UTV routes in Mineral Point are closed from 9:00pm to 6:00am.
Trail Ordinance

Rules to Follow While Operating on the Tri County Trail

Tri County Trail Pass
  1. All licensed and non-licensed motorized equipment which do not fall under the ATV or snowmobile definition must purchase and display a Tri County trail pass on their machine.

  2. All persons 18 years of age or older, riding a bike nonlicensed vehicle or a horse on the trail are required to purchase, and display upon request, a Tri County trail pass.

All ATVs/snowmobiles using the trail must be registered, and display valid registration decals/stickers/plates on the machine.

Nonresident Trail Pass
Please see the page on ATV registration for details on nonresidents.

Trail Seasons and Hours
The trail is open to ATVs year round, providing that in the winter season there is less than one inch of snow. However, the trail may also be closed due to unseasonably warm conditions. Always refer to the home page for permitted trail usage. The trail is always closed to ATVs from 1:00 am - 5:00 am in any season.

The trail is open to snowmobiles when there is at least 4 inches of snow. When the trail is open for snowmobiles, it is open 24 hours a day.

  • 30 mph is the maximum speed on the trail.

  • 15 mph when traveling on all bridges.

  • 10 mph when traveling through towns and cities, when traveling within 100’ of persons on foot and when traveling within 150 feet of any home/buildings.

  • 5 mph when traveling in all parking lots.

Age Operation Restrictions

  1. ATV -- if you were born on or after 01-01-1988, and are at least 12, you must possess a valid ATV safety certificate before operating on this trail. persons under 12 years of age can operate a small ATV (90cc or smaller) when accompanied by a Parent.

  2. Snowmobile -- if you were born on or after 01-01-1985, and are at least 12, you must possess a valid snowmobile safety certificate before operating on this trail.

  3. Motorcycle -- no person under the age of 12 may operate a motorcycle unless accompanied by a parent or adult (18 years of age). You can operate unaccompanied if you are between the ages of 12 to 16, if you possess a valid ATV safety certificate.

All persons under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet when operating or acting as a passenger on an ATV, motorcycle, snowmobile and nonlicensed motorized equipment.

Muffler Noise
All excessive and unusual muffler noise is prohibited while operating on this trail. Spark arresters are required on all ATVs. Check ATV and snowmobile regulations for decibel limits.

No person may operate an ATV, snowmobile, motorized vehicle or otherwise enter the property of another without the consent of the owner or lessee.

Controlled Operation
  1. Careless operation -- No person may operate an ATV, snowmobile, or motorized vehicle in any careless way so as to endanger the person or property of another

  2. Roadways -- A person may not operate an ATV or snowmobile on any roadway, unless to directly cross the road, to cross on a bridge, or if the roadway is a designated route.

This is not a complete set of rules or regulations

Please ride with your headlights ON at all times

No donuts or power turns that tear up the trail or trail head

 The Green County ATV Club is offering a $250.00 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone stealing, damaging or shooting at the signs on the trail.

CHEESE COUNTRY TRAIL STICKERS are sold for $15 per annual calendar year.
Stickers are required for:
  1. all licensed or unlicensed motorcycles, mopeds, golf carts, mules, odyssey, go-carts, and dirt bikes
  2. bicycle riders 18 years of age and over
  3. horse riders 18 years of age and over
In state ATVs or UTVs that are currently registered in Wisconsin are NOT required to have a Tri-County Trail sticker.  Out of state ATVs or UTVs, are required to purchase a Wisconsin DNR registration or a Wisconsin DNR trail pass and should refer to ATV Registration for additional information and requirements. .
Due to numerous noise complaints, the illegal use of altered muffler systems is being aggressively enforced.
Cheese Country Trail, also known as Tri-County Trails, in Southern WI.
608-776-5706 608-574-2911 608-558-6730


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