Wisconsin County Communities Wants More Off-Road Vehicles on Roads

Off-road vehicle on rough terrain Off-road vehicle advocates in Door County, Wisconsin, seek approval to allow more all-terrain and utility vehicles on town roads beyond several communities, which have already permitted the use of off-road cars on roads.

The Union Town Board became the first to pass a law about the use of off-road vehicles between residents’ homes and the Green Bay shore. In other areas such as Brussels, Gardner and Nasewaupee, several ordinances have been in place to allow ATVs and UTVs on certain roads.

More Permission

More signs would need to be placed on roads, especially at every intersection, if the communities gain approval for allowing off-road vehicles on public roads. The Southern Door Business Association has provided funding for the required signs in Brussels, Union, Gardner and Nasewaupee. Still, more communities seek the same arrangement.

In the Forestville town and village, extended ATV routes would span from Nasewaupee along Stone Road to Door County H; connecting east to Maplewood and ending at Highway 42; and reach south on Mill Road onto Forestville village streets; and end on the Uni-Mart gas station at Highway 42 and County J.

Urban Use

New business prospects for a UTV dealer in Wisconsin remain good, as rural areas are not the only ones that are pushing for more off-road vehicles on roads. Cities in Juneau County such as New Lisbon and Mauston allowed people in spring and summer of 2017 to drive ATVs and UTVs on almost every road.

In 2016, Eagle River City in Vilas County also permitted the use of off-road vehicles on public roads. Like any other proposal, however, safety advocates argue that permitting more off-road vehicles on public roads will increase traffic accidents.


It remains to be seen whether or not more communities in Wisconsin will allow off-road vehicles on public roads. Do you think that local governments should approve the proposal?