ATVing in Mercer Wisconsin

atv02Iron County supports Wisconsin's largest ATV trail system. Over 100 miles of picturesque and challenging trails invite ATVR'S to explore this region. Mercer boasts many scenic routes and trails. Riders may also choose to take Trail 51 North leading them through Pine Lake to Hurley. Continuing on Trail 77 will bring you through Pence and then on to Upson to view the Potato River Falls. Then you can take Trail 2, (known as the Iron Horse Trail) riders will have a chance to view the spectacular Rock Cut Gorge. Continue on through the town of Saxon and on to Saxon Harbor on the shores of Lake Superior. Riding south on Trail 51 from the Mercer area connecting to Route 21 in Manitowish will lead riders to the view the beautiful Flambeau Flowage.

You will find excellent lodging and dining throughout the Mercer area. Along the routes you will find a variety of friendly pit-stops offering food, beverages, gas and lodging. There are also great camping opportunities along the trails and during the Winter, ATVs are welcome on designated Iron County Snowmobile trails. Be sure to check our listings under accomodations when planning your stay in Mercer, WI.

UTV's are now allowed on all trails but need to be registered in the state of Wisconsin or have a trail pass. UTV's can be used year round.  Some additional specs that must be followed are : 

  • Between 900 lbs and 1,999 lbs.
  • Four or more low pressure tires
  • Cargo or dump box
  • Steering wheel, tail light, brake light, 2 headlights, seat belts or similar device.
  • Max width of 65 inches
  • Seating for at least 2 occupants, non straddled seats
  • A roll bar or similar device

Part of our goal is to help everyone who comes to Mercer  have safe and  enjoyable time while here. To help us accomplish this we encourage you to read and understand the Wisconsin ATV rules and regulations.  Please refer to this link to the ATV  laws handbook for any questions.

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ATV Trail Conditions


All Iron County ATV trails will open Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  Riders are asked to use caution during the spring riding conditions.  Towns may still have some routes closed to vehicular traffic, this includes ATVs, riders are asked to respect these route closures.  As off trail conditions and terrain may look fun, riders are asked to stay on the trail bed.  Riding in ditches or off trail can lead to trail closure particularly in wet areas and on private property.

Tara Krall

Iron County Forestry and Parks