May 10, 2015

Langlade County ATV/UTV

If you are looking for an adventure in ATV/UTVing, come to Langlade County where we have miles of diverse ATV terrain.  Langlade County is located in the heart of northern Wisconsin.  We have 95 miles of ATV/UTV trails and miles of ATV/UTV routes.  The ATV/UTV trails connect to the neighboring counties of Oneida, Forest, Lincoln, and Oconto. 

Langlade County trails are very scenic and traverse glacial moraines, upland hardwoods, cedar swamps and small rivers and lakes.  The terrain is slightly rolling to very hilly.  These trails are mostly on county owned land and managed by Langlade County.  Trails were developed and are maintained by Langlade County with the exception of private property which is maintained by local clubs.  Langlade County has four clubs: Antigo Area ATV/UTV Club, Parrish Highlanders ATV Club, White Lake ATV Club, and Wolf River Riders ATV Club.  There are four main trails that are connected through various road routes.  The four main trails are Augustyn Springs Trail, Parrish Highlands Trail, Pickerel/Person ATV Trail, and White Lake ATV Trail. 

Augustyn Springs Trail is located in the northeastern part of Langlade County.  Augustyn Springs Trail is 21 miles in length entirely owned by Langlade County.  The trail is very scenic and is located in a large block of northern hardwoods.  It has rolling to very hilly terrain.  This trail has some rockiness, and during wet periods has some water holes.  Also, this two-way trail travels on old logging roads which are open to other recreationalists.  Many other wood trails are in this area as well. There is a parking lot, restrooms, and ATV ramp, which is located on Highway A, 8 miles northeast of Neva from Highway 45. 

Parrish Highland Trail is located in the northwestern part of Langlade County.  This trail system has 50 miles of scenic terrain that traverses glacial moraines, upland hardwoods, cedar swamps and small rivers and lakes.  The terrain is rolling to very hilly.  This trail links up with the Lincoln and Oneida County ATV trail system.  This two-way trail travels on old logging roads which are also open to other recreationalists.  There are three parking/access points.  They are on Highway Q, at the Oneida/Langlade County Line; Highway H, 2 miles south of Highway 17 and Q; and Highway T, 3 miles west of Highway 45, Summit Lake.  The Highway T location has an ATV washing station, restrooms and ATV ramp.

Pickerel/Pearson ATV Trail is located in the northeastern part of Langlade County, between Post Lake and Pickerel.  This 5 mile trail connects the Parrish/Highlands ATV trail and the Augustyn Springs ATV trail.  The trail runs on either side of Rolling Stone Lake and along the east side of Pickerel Lake through county forest land and over to Upper and Lower Post Lake.  Pickerel/Pearson Trail offers picturesque scenery by these lakes, river, and county forest land; even though, most of the trail is on roadways.

White Lake Trail is located in the southeastern part of Langlade County by White Lake.  This trail is 20 miles in length.  The trail has rolling and hilly terrain through hardwoods. You can park and access the trail around White Lake in two places, Sherry Road, 1.25 miles north of Highway 64, Polar or in downtown White Lake on Highway M and Maple Street.  The downtown location has a restroom available.  The White Lake Trail connects with Oconto County ATV trails on Highway 55 just south of Hollister, WI.

Along the trail, there are many convenient places to grab a bit to eat and a place to stay.  Places like Lil Hummers Hideaway Bar & Campground, Donovan’s Trailside Inn, Rick’s Highway 45 Roadhouse, 9 Mile All Sport Resort, Northern Hideaway Campgrounds, Post Lake Inn, Held’s Bar, Walleye Lodge, and Hill Still.  If hotels are more of your style, you can stay at any of the hotels in Antigo and use the new ATV route that starts on North Saratoga Street by Karl’s Transport and then runs behind Amron to the north out of town. 

Langlade County believes that when used safely and wisely an ATV and UTV can provide a source of fun and family recreation. When used unwisely by an untrained, inexperienced operator they can be extremely dangerous. With safety in mind, ATV/UTVs can be a useful tool for work and a great means of exploring the outdoors. ATV's are not allowed on the Ice Age Hiking Trail. The trail can be recognized by yellow paint on the trees adjacent to the trail. ATV's are not authorized on snowmobile trails that cross the Wolf River Conservation Easement, in the Crocker Hills regardless of temperature. For further rules please visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/atv/.

Langlade County policy on ATV/UTVing is as follows.  Langlade County encourages users to stay on marked ATV trails.  In summer, ATV's/UTV's are allowed on any forest road or trail that is normally open to other vehicles, except on roads or trails that are gated, bunkered, or posted as closed. Normally these areas have signs stating "No Motorized Vehicles" posted at all primary entry points.  In winter, ATV’s are allowed on 500.9 miles of state-funded snowmobile trails, but only after 10 days from when the trails are officially opened for snowmobiling. UTV’s are not allowed on the snowmobile trails.  Once trails are officially closed for snowmobiling, ATV's must keep off the trails.  No person shall operate an ATV on any state-funded snowmobile trail when the temperature on the trail at a point four feet above the trail surface is 28° F or higher. Chains and studded tires are prohibited on snowmobile trails.  No ATV's are allowed on any cross country ski trail or the Kettlebowl Ski Hill.  For more information on ATV/UTVing in Langlade County, please visit our webpage at http://www.langladecounty.org/tourism/recreation_attractions/

Besides the daily use of the ATV trails, Langlade County has many events that incorporate ATV/UTVing.  Here is a list of ATV/UTV events in Langlade County:

May 9 – Antigo Area ATV/UTV Club Inauguration Trail Ride:  The ride will start at 8:00 a.m. at Peaceful Valley Park (located at 420 Field Street, Antigo). You are advised to move your trailer to the Antigo Super 8, FS Fast Stop, Holiday Inn Express or Travel BP because there is no riding back through the city to load your machines.

June 6 – Lil’ Hummers Hideaway Bar and Campground Third Annual Free ATV Weekend:  Parrish Highlanders will be serving free food from 9am to 2 pm.

June 20: Elcho/Pelican Mudnuts ATV Club 2nd Annual Hell or High Water ATV Rally: Will be held at Jack Lamar Elcho Community Pavilion.  Registration begins at 9am.  Ride starts at 10am.  Cost is $10 per rider.  Poker run is $5 with 100% payback. Contact Warren Wagner for information at 715-216-1344.

June 27: 6th Annual Parrish Highlands & Harrison Hills Northwoods ATV/UTV Rally: This will be held at Fischer’s Bar in Parrish, WI.

                For more information about ATV/UTV in Langlade County or to find out what other adventures you can plan in the “County of Trails” visit our website at www.langaldecounty.org or download our free Langlade County App.  Langlade County “It’s all about the Adventure!”