Waterway Restrictions and Hunting With ATVs
You may not operate an ATV in any navigable water, or on the exposed bed of a navigable water (including exposed lake beds in front of your property), except to:
- Cross a stream by use of a bridge, culvert, ford, or similar structure and only if the crossing is in the most direct manner practical.
- Launch or load a boat, canoe, or other watercraft in the most direct manner practical.
- Access the frozen surfaces of any navigable waters provided the crossing or access is in the most direct manner practical.
- Operate the ATV on the frozen surface of navigable water (public registration is required).
ATVs and Hunting
ATVs can be extremely helpful while transporting hunters, hunting gear, and big game. Hunters should keep several rules in mind when using their ATVs.
- All firearms must be unloaded and fully enclosed in a carrying case. Hard plastic gun boots mounted onto an ATV can protect a firearm from damage.
- Crossbows and compound bows must be unloaded and enclosed in a carrying case. Recurve bows may be transported unstrung.
- While on public hunting lands, travel is restricted to designated ATV trails and routes.
- Roads not seasonally maintained for other vehicle traffic may be operated on as long as they are not closed to ATV use.
- In general, off-trail/off-road operation is not allowed while hunting on public lands, even to retrieve downed game. Check with county, state, or federal officials for any exceptions.