MADISON - Beginning this winter, snowmobilers in Wisconsin will be required to purchase a Wisconsin trail pass in addition to having a valid Wisconsin Public Use registration.
Trails passes are $30 for the annual pass, or $10 for someone who is a member of a snowmobile club affiliated with the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs. Information about the discounts is available on the association's website at www.awsc.org/Trail-Pass-Registration.aspx
Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Gary Eddy, also the all terrain vehicle/snowmobile administrator, said dollars generated from the snowmobile trail passes will be placed in a segregated fund to pay for the development and maintenance of snowmobile trails.
"This is a direct benefit to Wisconsin snowmobiling," Eddy said, adding "the state is known for its outstanding snowmobile trails and winter fun."
In other changes, Eddy said a recent bill signed into law makes slight adjustments to Wisconsin trail pass requirements and commercial snowmobile registrations. Changes were effective November 13. These include:
- Customers ordering ATV, utility terrain vehicle or snowmobile trail passes online will be issued a temporary trail pass receipt which will allow them to operate on public trails until their pass is mailed to them. Customers ordering the Wisconsin snowmobile trail pass (for snowmobiles registered in Wisconsin) at select license agents will receive a temporary operating receipt. The receipt must be displayed to law enforcement upon request. The temporary trail pass receipt is good for 10 days. Trail passes are sent via U.S. Postal Service and usually arrive within 10 days.
- Temporary trail pass receipts will not be issued for the discounted snowmobile club member trail passes or non-resident annual trail passes. Non-resident snowmobile trail passes are available at many select license agents.
- Antique snowmobiles displaying valid Wisconsin antique registration decals are exempt from the trail pass requirement. To be registered as an antique the snowmobile must be 35 years or older.
- Nonresident snowmobile owners may now register their snowmobile as an antique in Wisconsin.
- Commercial snowmobile certificate holders, typically dealers and rentals, may mount their trail pass and their metal plate to a removable plate. The plate can be removable and temporarily but firmly mounted. There are no size restrictions and the plate can be homemade.
For more detailed information regarding these requirements and how to order trail passes, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "snowmobile trail pass." For information on the discounted club membership trail pass, please contact Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs.