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Riding through rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands is illegal, causes environmental damage, and hurts fish and wildlife. The only waters that you can operate through legally are puddles on trails and water hazards or mud pits at designated ATV parks.

Remember the following when crossing water hazards or puddles.

  • Determine the depth of the water before you cross.
  • Keep your feet firmly on the footrests, which may become slippery.
  • Drive through the water at a slow, steady speed so that you can spot and avoid submerged obstacles and slippery rocks.
  • Stay alert for obstacles above the water.
  • Avoid driving across water at high speeds since this may cause you to hydroplane, lose steering control, and roll over.
  • Do not drive into water that is deeper than the maximum depth specified in your owner's manual.
  • Remember to stay on designated trails and other authorized riding areas.
  • Test your brakes once you're on dry land.
  • If you have four-wheel drive, make certain that it is engaged in low gear.
  • Driving across water at high speeds may result in hydroplaning, loss of steering control, and possible rollover.

Riding in extremely muddy conditions can cause severe trail damage and maintenance issues. Always check with local authorities for spring trail opening dates and emergency trail closures.

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