ATV riders can ride for free on 'No Registration Weekend'

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All-terrain vehicle users registered for private or agricultural use can explore both the old and new trails without cost Sept. 7 through 9.

Typically, they would pay the registration fee ($60 for three years) to ride the public trails.

Minnesota has 3,000 miles of state forest and grant-in-aid trails available to ATV users. The state also has more than 200 miles of new trails that were completed this year.

Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass ($30 annually).

This is the fifth year that Minnesota is providing ATV riders with free access during "No Registration Weekend." The date was pushed back from June so new trails could be completed, including the 159-mile route connecting communities in northwestern Itasca County, as well as a trail connecting Balsam and Bigfork.

"The September weekend gives us a great opportunity to introduce a wide variety of state and grant-in-aid trails across Minnesota," said Mary Straka, off-highway vehicle program consultant for the Parks and Trails Division at the DNR. "There are a large number of privately registered ATVs across the state. During the No Registration Weekend, ATV owners can check out the public trails for free."

Minnesota's two newest trails are:

• The Alvwood to Squaw Lake trail, which makes a 159-mile scenic tour through Bowstring State Forest and the Chippewa National Forest. Enjoy the many communities along the route. The trail is provided by Itasca County and the Alvwood-Squaw Lake ATV Club.

• The Bigfork to Balsam (B&B) 33-mile trail is full of diverse northern landscapes. It connects to the Little Moose ATV Trail off Co. Road 336.