The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators that riding ATVs, or other off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in wetlands or public waters is illegal. Wetlands are fragile and are easily damaged. These types of ATV violations can carry stiffer fines and penalties.
When riding in ditches, ATV operators are allowed to drive on a roadway shoulder or inside bank of a public road right-of-way, if necessary, to avoid obstructions or environmentally sensitive areas.
“A good rule of thumb is that if you would create damage with your ATV by going through that wetland or sensitive area in the ditch, you can legally go around it,” said Conservation Officer Leland Owens, recreational vehicle coordinator, Division of Enforcement. “Riders should use extreme caution and must remain in the farthest right-hand lane, enter the roadway within 100 feet of the bridge, obstacle, or area, and make the crossing without delay. ATV riders should always use extreme caution when riding the ditches because of the numerous hazards they contain.”
ATV operators should also know: