Iron Range OHVRA

Frequently asked questions

About the recreation area

Safety, registration & regulations

Area businesses and services

About the Recreation Area

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What does it cost to enter the Recreation Area?

At this time there is no entrance fee. Vehicles entering the Recreation Area must meet requirements for Off-Highway vehicle use. See the OHV registration webpage for more information.

 

What are the emission sound requirements on vehicle entering the Recreation Area?

For ATVs and ORVs the emission sound must be under 99 decibels. For OHMs, the emission sound must be under 96 decibels. The Stationary Sound Test found in the Motorcycle Industry Council manual is used at the Recreation Area. Information on the test procedures can be found at www.mic.org.

 

Does the Recreation Area have a campground?

Camping is available at many local campgrounds operated by local governments and private individuals. The City of Gilbert operates the Sherwood Forest campground, which is connected to the Recreation Area by an OHV trail. More information...

 

Does the Recreation Area rent Off Highway Vehicles?

OHV rentals are available from private business. Check out the Iron Range Tourism Bureau website.

 

What are the Recreation Area hours of operation?

 

  • May through October: Open 8:00 a.m. until one hour before sunset and no later than 8:00 p.m. seven days a week.
  • Late November through April: Open 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Attended only on Fridays. Weekend parking and trail access is in nearby Gilbert. See map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
  • Closed during the Minnesota firearms deer hunting season. The season changes from year to year, but generally occurs during the first three weeks of November.

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Safety, Registration & Regulations

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Does the Recreation Area have its own rules and regulations?

The Recreation Area uses the same OHV rules and regulations that are used throughout the state of Minnesota. See the OHV regulation webpage for more information.

 

Is there a OHV license or registration requirement for the vehicles entering the Recreation Area?

All vehicles entering the Recreation Area are required to have OHV registration. OHV registration is available at local Department of Motor Vehicle offices, DNR License Center and at the Recreation Area. During busy times at the Recreation Area there may be a short waiting time for OHV registration sales. It is best to purchase an OHV registration before visiting the Recreation Area. We recognize OHV registrations from other states. If your state does not have OHV registration you will have to purchase the Minnesota OHV registration. See the OHV registration webpage for more information.

Non-resident ATV or ORV operators must purchase an ATV trail pass or ORV trail pass, unless operating vehicles registered in Minnesota.

 

Are there safety-training requirements for vehicle operators?

Yes, the rules are the same at the Recreation Area as throughout the state. See the OHV regulation webpage for more information.

 

Are helmets required to enter the Recreation Area?

The helmet requirement is the same as anywhere in the state. Anyone under the age of eighteen must wear a DOT approved helmet.

 

What are the age requirements for operating an OHV in the Recreation Area?

The rules are the same as on any public land in Minnesota. Any person under ten years old is not allowed to operate an ATV on public land. Rules for OHMs and ORVs are different. See the OHV regulation webpage for more information.

 

What are the safety equipment requirements for OHV's entering the Recreation Area?

See the OHV regulation webpage for more information. Helmets are required for anyone under the age of eighteen entering the Recreation Area on ATVs of OHMs. For ORVs, all passengers and operators must wear a seat belt. For OHMs, all operators must wear eye protection.

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Area Businesses and Services

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Are there hotels or motels near the Recreation Area?

The nearest accommodations are in the cities of Eveleth or Virginia. Both are approximately four miles from the Recreation Area. Iron Range Tourism Bureau

 

Are there other OHV trails in the area?

There are many OHV trails within a one hour highway drive from the Recreation Area. Find a trail. There is a National Forest ATV trail within a few minutes of a highway drive from the Recreation Area known as Big Aspen TrailThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it..

 

Is there a place to get fuel for the OHVs?

There are three businesses which sell fuel in nearby Gilbert. All are accessible by ATV trail.

 

Are there any restaurants nearby?

There are three restaurants in nearby Gilbert. Two serve meals all day and are accessible by ATV trail.

 

Is there any business nearby that does repairs on OHVs?

OHV repair service is very limited, especially on weekends. A few businesses are open on Saturday mornings.

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