All-terrain and utility-task vehicles can travel on most county highways in Douglas County.

The Douglas County Board adopted a new ordinance Thursday, Dec. 19, to create the new routes for ATVs and UTVs.

When the new ordinance goes into effect May 22, the only county roads that will be off-limits to ATVs and UTVs are stretches of County Highway B from state Highway 35 to County Highway A in the town of Superior; County Highway B from Degerman Road to Fitch Avenue in Lake Nebagamon; and the last 2.12 miles of County Highway Y in the Gordon and Highland area because the road is under Bayfield County jurisdiction.

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When the ordinance was adopted by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee earlier this month, the committee decided the ordinance would go into effect June 1.

“We discussed afterwards that it would be more important to have it before Memorial Day,” said Supervisor Nick Baker, chairman of the committee.

Baker proposed amending the date the new ordinance goes into effect to May 22 so the highways would be open to ATVs and UTVs in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Under the ordinance adopted Thursday, anyone age 16 or older must have a valid driver’s license to operate ATVs and UTVs on county highways. No one younger than 16 may operate an ATV or UTV between sunset and sunrise, and must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or a person who is at least 18 years old designated by the parent or guardian.

No one younger than 12 is allowed to operate on a county highway and all operators are required to have an ATV safety certificate.

ATVs and UTVs on county roads must display a Wisconsin registration or non-resident trail pass and can't exceed 25 mph.

“This has been a long process, and I would like to thank the highway committee and all the towns that put their input in the ordinance,” said Dan Corbin of the Northwest Trails Association.