OHV Riding & Camping

Riding an Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) can be a great way to get out and enjoy the Forest, particularly a Forest as large as the Superior. While riding, there are some regulations you must follow and some guidelines you'll want to follow. Both will help you have a safe and fun ride while minimizing impact to our natural resources.

Join the Superior National Forest and Tread Lightly by following Forest Service policies and regulations and Tread Lightly's guidelines when using your OHV.

OHVs and Hunting

Hunters should be particularly aware of certain regulations.

  • You may not use an ATV or other OHV for cross country travel, including game retrieval or tree stand access.
  • OHV routes may have changed from last season.

What is an OHV?

An OHV is any vehicle designed for off highway travel, excluding snowmobiles. This includes, but is not restricted to:

  • Four wheelers and other types of ATVs
  • Off highway motorcycles
  • Four wheel drive trucks and other vehicles which are also capable of highway travel.
  • E-bikes - Class 1, 2, and 3

Where can I ride?  The Motor Vehicle Use Map.

 The Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) shows clearly which roads and trails are open to which type of OHV, as well as any seasonal restrictions.

  • If a road or trail you find in the Forest is not on the map, it is not legal for you to ride it, regardless of signs.
  • Cross country travel is not permitted.
  • Downloadable map files are geo-referenced for use with smart phone wayfinding apps and some GPS devices.

Click the phone image on the right to view, download and or print MVUM maps.


Refer to the MVUM for details, but here are some highlights.

  • These regulations pertain to any vehicle designed for off-highway use traveling within the Superior National Forest, with the exception of snowmobiles.
  • Travel is permitted only on the roads or trails which are shown on the map.
  • No cross country travel is permitted.
  • State regulations regarding OHVs apply in the National Forest.
  • Seasonal restrictions are indicated on the map.
  • The maps are the final authority on use.
  • Maps are updated annually.  Make sure yours is current.
  • Respect posted and unposted closures.
  • MVUMs show permitted use only within the Superior National Forest.   Features outside the Forest are only shown as a courtesy: some roads and trails may not be shown; permitted use and restrictions are neither shown nor implied.

OHV Camping

Despite the title of this web page, there are no campgrounds or campsites specifically connected to OHV use on this Forest.  Refer to the Camping and Cabins section of the website for information on camping opportunities in the Forest which may be near your destination.

Recreational Opportunity Guide

For a printable copy of the information above, click here.

  • Know Before You Go

    Get the most out of your visit by being prepared. Remember you are responsible for your own safety.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities