ATV Trails In Itasca County

Itasca County Grant-in-Aid ATV Trails

The County Land Department cooperates with seven local ATV clubs, the U.S. Forest Service, the Department of Natural Resources, corporate landowners, and other public and private property owners regarding the management and maintenance of the ATV trail systems within Itasca County. The local ATV clubs, through the Minnesota Grant-In-Aid (GIA) Trail Assistance Program, work with the Itasca County Land Department to acquire trail sponsorship, environmental permits, and public and private industry trail agreements. The Clubs conduct regular maintenance of the trails and place or replace trail signage every year.

Currently there are six trails available to venture upon; four new trails are currently in the development stage or planning stage.  The seasons for these trails vary, opening April or May to closing November 1st or November 30th.  All GIA ATV/OHM trails are maintained by local ATV clubs; one is maintained by the Department of Natural Resources. Itasca County serves as the trail sponsor for the Grant-In-Aid Trails, operating as the financial agent for Grant-In-Aid reimbursements and providing technical assistance to the clubs.

GEO Referenced Trail Map

ITASCA COUNTY LAND DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO REMIND VISITORS AND RESIDENTS THAT MOST OF ITASCA COUNTY ATV TRAILS ARE NOT OPEN UNTIL MAY 15TH OR LATER DUE TO SPRING CONDITIONS AND LANDOWNER AGREEMENTS.  PLEASE STAY OFF THE TRAILS UNTIL THEY ARE POSTED OPEN. THIS MINIMIZES DAMAGE TO THE TRAILS AND HELPS THE ATV CLUBS MINIMIZE MAINTENANCE COSTS.  PLEASE FOLLOW TRAIL OPENING AND CLOSURE DATES AND WATCH FOR TRAIL CLOSURE SIGNS POSTED. GET UPDATED INFORMATION ON A SPECIFIC TRAILS BY CONTACTING YOUR LOCAL ATV CLUBS.

For updated trail conditions go onto MNDNR website http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/closures.html and/or contact the local ATV Club for further trail information.

Trail Information

Alborn - Pengilly Railroad ATV Trail
Range Riders ATV Club 
Lou Benepe 218-885-1333
Trail Miles: 39
(7 miles are in Itasca, 32 in St. Louis)
Open to: Class 1, 2
Opens: April 1st
Closes: November 30th
Difficulty Level: Easiest
Island Lake Connection Trail
Northome Ridge Runners ATV Club
Jack White: 218-897-5764
Trail Miles: 2
Open to: Class 1, 2 & OHM
Opens: May 2nd
Closes: December 1st
Difficulty Level: Easiest
Alvwood – Squaw Lake ATV/OHM Trail
Alvwood Squaw Lake ATV Club
Garrett Ous: 218-340-7775
Trail Miles: 159
Open to: Class 1, 2 & OHM
Opens: May 2nd
Closes: March 15th
Difficulty Level: Easiest
Little Moose ATV/OHM Trail
Balsam Trailblazers ATV Club
Art Daly: 218-245-3209
Trail Miles: 18
Open to: Class 1, 2 & OHM
Opens: May 15th
Closes November 1st
Difficulty Level: Easiest
B & B Connection ATV/OHM Trail
Wilderness Wheelers ATV Club 
Jim Deeg: 651-403-3925
Trail Miles: 33
Open to: Class 1, 2 & OHM
Open: May 15th
Close: November 1st
Difficulty Level: Easiest to Moderate
Northwoods Regional ATV/OHM Trail System:
Goodland ATV/OHM Trail
Itasca Trail Riders ATV Club
 Jon Korpi: 218-969-4297
 Trail Miles: 19
 Open to: Class 1, 2 & OHM
 Opens: May 15th
 Closes: November 1st
Difficulty Level: Easiest
Balsam ATV/OHM Trail
Balsam Trailblazers ATV Club
Art Daly: 218-245-3209
Trail Miles: 9
Open to: Class 1, 2 & OHM
Opens: May 15th
Closes November 1st
Difficulty Level: Easiest
Northwoods Regional ATV/OHM Trail System:
UPM - Blandin ATV/OHM Trail
Rapids Riders ATV Club
 Jerry McKnight: 218-259-6115
 Trail Miles: 21
 Open to: Class 1, 2 & OHM
 Opens: May 15th
 Closes: November 1st
Difficulty Level: Easiest
Blue Ox Trail
Portions maintained by:
Northome Ridge Runners ATV Club 
Jack White: 218-897-5764
Trail Miles: 74 
(23 miles in Beltrami, 11miles in Itasca,
and 40 miles in Koochiching Counties)
Open to: Class 1, 2 and portions to OHM
Opens: April 1st
Closes November 30th
Difficulty Level: Easiest
Thistledew ATV Trail
MN DNR Parks and Trails Office
Area Supervisor
218-328-8984
Trail Miles: 25 (Shared with horses)
Open to: Class 1, 2
Opens: April 1st
Closes: November 30th
Difficulty Level: Easiest