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ATV Rules for Ouachita National Forest

There are no “trails.” You must ride on the designated road.

Off-highway vehicle (OHV) – OHVs include ATVs, 4-wheelers, utility vehicles and motorcycles.

OHVs may be used on open unpaved National Forest roads constructed for regular motor vehicles. A road is considered closed if there is a sign, gate, or other barricade, including a dirt mound, blocking the road. Prior illegal OHV use does not imply permission to ride off the open road. So, just because someone else went around or over that dirt mound that is closing the road doesn’t mean you should do the same. You will receive a fine. OHV use is not permitted on the forest floor (off-road).

Do not ride on or across a highway.

OHVs are not allowed on trails designated solely for other uses, including hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use.

Driving in or beside streambeds, creek beds, lakebeds, shorelines, or on power lines, pipelines, fire lines, or railroad right-of-ways is prohibited.

Make sure your vehicle is in good condition with a USDA approved spark arrester.

Use appropriate safety gear – helmet (required by Okla. Law for those under 18 years), eye protection, boots, and gloves.

Passengers may not be carried unless specifically designed for this by the manufacturer. (Okla Law)

Obey speed limit of 25mph. When encountering horse riders, stop and yield the right-of-way. Horses may be spooked by motorized vehicles.

You can consume beer, wine or liquor as long as you are not riding or driving. Drivers may not be intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol while driving.

Remember, “pack it in, pack it out.” Do not litter.

You will be ticketed for violations. The Reason for the Rules:

Heavy or irresponsible OHV use can wreak havoc on the environment. It can damage watersheds, destroy habitats, kill native plant and animal species, and pollute streams and rivers.

To help preserve these resources and the continued opportunities for you to enjoy using your vehicle on public lands, we ask that you observe the guidelines listed above and report violations.

For more information, please call the U.S. Forest Service, Oklahoma Ranger District at (580) 494-6402.

For information on Three Rivers Wildlife property, contact (918) 527-5308

ATV riding is not permitted at the cabin or on the road. Please do not unload ATVs at the cabin. You must trailer your ATVs about 4 miles North to the designated riding areas of the Ouachita National Forest.

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