Forestry and Outdoor Recreation
Can I use a metal detector?
Yes, as long as it is not disturbing to other people or to the landscape. If you dig a hole, it must be filled in completely.
Can I collect rocks, prospect for precious metals or gather live plants/flowers?
Collection or removal of materials such as but not limited to, nuts fruits, berries, driftwood, wild flowers, mosses or mushrooms for resale or commercial purposes is prohibited. Picking nuts or edible fruits for personal consumption is permitted.
Can I buy some sand or gravel from County Forest pits?
No. Sand and gravel is used to maintain county forest roads and by contractors performing public works.
Are there any trails for persons with disabilities?
Oneida County maintains 3 trail systems that were specifically developed to provide disabled citizens reasonable access into the County Forest. These trails are evenly distributed throughout the Oneida County Forest with one trail located in each of the County Forest Blocks (i.e. Enterprise, Cassian/Woodboro, and Lynne/Little Rice).
Uses of these areas include, but are not limited to, hunting, berry picking, bird watching and sight seeing. In order to qualify for a Disabled Access Trail Permit, a person must hold a valid WDNR Class A or Class B disability identification card as defined by WI State Statutes. County Forest Disabled Access Trail Permits are valid for one year at no cost, with the optional use of a gate key available for a deposit of $50.00.
Are horses allowed on County Forest Trails?
All County Forest roads and trails are open to horseback riding except for trails limited to Silent Sports (ski, bike, snowshoe) or designated for other special uses. Trails signed for walking only or Hunter/Hiking are also open to horseback riding. Oneida County currently has no designated horseback riding trails. On snowmobile or cross-country ski trails that are not designated as summer ATV or bike trails, horseback riding is permitted from May 1 to November 1 only.
Are motorcycles allowed in the County Forest?
Motorcycles, both off-road and street-legal, are allowed on forest trails and logging roads in the County Forest. If street legal, motorcycles are also allowed on County Forest roads.
Any attempt to circumvent a gate, sign, earthen berm, or other similar blockade with any motorized vehicle is prohibited.
No motorized vehicles are allowed on silent sports trails except those being used for inspection, maintenance, or as authorized by the Forestry Department.
No person shall drive any four-wheel drive vehicle, passenger car, off-road vehicle, truck, all-terrain vehicle or motorcycle on any approved snowmobile trails without the written permission of the Department, except for trail maintenance activities.