NR 45.045 History
History: CR 09-103
: cr. Register May 2010 No. 653
, eff. 6-1-10; CR 13-080
: am. (2) (a), r. (2) (b), renum. (2) (d) to (3), renum. (2) (e) to (4) and am. Register May 2014 No. 701
, eff. 6-1-14; CR 16-001
: am. (1), (2) (c) (intro.) Register July 2017 No. 739
, eff. 8-1-17.
Firewood collection for personal use at home. NR 45.046(1)(1)
In this section, “firewood” includes limbs, branches, roots, unprocessed logs, slabs with bark, cut firewood, and chips.
No person may cut, gather, buy, sell, use, transfer, or possess firewood, from any property for use off that property unless the person possesses a valid forest products permit issued by the department authorizing the cutting or gathering. A person required to hold a forest products permit under this sub. shall display the permit upon demand for inspection by the department or its agents.
The department may impose reasonable conditions on any forest products permit it issues, and may limit or deny a forest products permit if necessary to protect resources or avoid conflict with property management objectives.
The department may revoke a forest products permit issued under this section for a violation of any condition of the permit, or for otherwise cutting or gathering without authorization. Revocations under this subsection shall apply statewide and be limited to a period not to exceed one year from the date on which the department notifies the authorized person of the revocation. No person may possess or apply for a forest products permit for any property during a period of revocation.
Firewood collected or gathered under a forest products permit shall be for personal use only, and may not be sold or otherwise exchanged for anything of value. Exceeding the scope of this permit shall be considered a violation of s. 26.05
NR 45.046 Note
Under s. 26.05
, Stats., no person may cut, remove, or transport raw forest products or direct the cutting, removal, or transportation of raw forest products without the consent of the owner.
NR 45.046 History
History: CR 16-001
: cr. Register July 2017 No. 739
, eff. 8-1-17.
No person may operate any vehicle at a speed in excess of 25 miles per hour or contrary to state highway or department traffic signs.
All vehicles shall stop at department property entrance stations when such stop is ordered by department signs.
No person may operate or park any vehicle as defined in s. 340.01 (74)
, Stats., which is required to be registered by law on lands under the management, supervision and control of the department except:
As otherwise specifically authorized by law or administrative rule.
No person may park, stop or leave standing, whether attended or unattended, any vehicle or watercraft:
In any manner as to block, obstruct or limit the use of any road, trail, waterway or winter sport facility, or
Outside of any area provided for such purposes when it is practical to use such areas, or
Any vehicle or watercraft in violation of par. (d)
may be towed off the property and stored at the owner's expense.
No person may operate a motor vehicle as defined in s. 340.01 (35)
, Stats., off highways and parking lots while under the influence of an intoxicant or a controlled substance.
No person may operate a motor vehicle as defined in s. 340.01 (35)
, Stats., off highways and parking lots without a valid driver's license issued by this or another state or province, except for off-highway motorcycles in areas authorized for off-highway motorcycles.
No person may operate an all-terrain vehicle off the developed portion of a designated all-terrain vehicle trail.
Electric personal assistive mobility devices as defined in s. 340.01 (15pm)
, Stats., are prohibited on department lands except where authorized in the property master plan or posted open for their use.
(2) Abandoned vehicles.
No person may leave any vehicle unattended without prior departmental approval for more than 48 hours under such circumstances as to cause the vehicle to reasonably appear to have been abandoned. An abandoned vehicle shall constitute a public nuisance.
(a) Posted notices.
Except as provided, no vehicle may be operated on lands and waters under the supervision, management or control of the department unless its use is specifically authorized by posted notice.
(b) Snowmobile races.
No person may conduct or engage in snowmobile races on any lands under the supervision, management or control of the department.
(c) Speed limits.
No person operating a vehicle may violate the posted speed limit.
The department may authorize by permit persons with physical disabilities that affect the person's mobility to use a motorized vehicle as a mode of personal conveyance. The department shall accept proof of disability as required by 28 C.F.R. 35.137
(c) (2). Up to two additional people may occupy the device if their primary purpose is to assist the permittee.
NR 45.05 Note
Note: Wheelchairs used by the physically disabled are not motorized vehicles. Permits must be obtained from the property manager or designee.
The department may include reasonable permit conditions to protect safety and resources. No person may violate a condition of a permit issued under this paragraph.
Except where provided in this chapter, bicycles are prohibited on all department lands except on public highways and areas or trails posted for their use. Bicycles are permitted in all areas, except where posted against such use, on the northern state forests, the Turtle-Flambeau and the Willow flowage scenic waters areas.
A motor bicycle as defined in s. 340.01 (30)
, Stats., may be operated on trails listed in s. NR 51.73 (1)
and subject to this chapter that are otherwise open to bicycles under any of the following conditions:
When equipped with an electric motor: at speeds of less than 15 miles per hour while the motor is engaged.
When equipped with a non-electric motor: without the motor engaged, running or otherwise in operation.
The department may allow operation of motor bicycles on specific trails or sections of trails not listed in s. NR 51.73 (1)
that are all of the following:
The department may prohibit operation of motor bicycles on specific trails or sections of trails by posted notice. No person may operate a motor bicycle on a trail open to bicycles and posted closed to motor bicycles.
NR 45.05 Note
Any motor bicycle capable of speeds greater than 30 miles per hour is a motorcycle per s. 340.01 (32)
, Stats. and may only be operated by the public off of public roads where authorized and under the conditions of s. NR 45.05 (5)
(f) Bicycle trails.
Bicyclists and operators of motor bicycles shall stop at any stop signs which are located on designated bicycle trails.
No person may operate a bicycle or motor bicycle during hours of darkness as defined in s. 340.01 (23)
, Stats., on a trail designated under s. NR 51.73 (1)
unless the person or the bicycle or motor bicycle is equipped with a lamp emitting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front of the person or the bicycle or motor bicycle and a lamp emitting a steady or flashing red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear of the person or the bicycle or motor bicycle.
No person may ride a bicycle or motor bicycle in a careless, negligent, or reckless manner so as to endanger the life, property or persons of others on any lands under the management, supervision and control of the department.
(h) All-terrain and off-highway motorcycle routes.
In accordance with ss. 23.33 (4) (b)
and 23.335 (19) (a)
, Stats., the department may establish all-terrain vehicle routes and off-highway motorcycle routes on department lands over highways, as defined in s. 340.01 (22)
, Stats., owned by the department or under the management, supervision, and control of the department, but not including designated trails, that are:
No person may land or launch any aircraft on the water or ice of Devil's lake in Devil's Lake state park, Sauk county; all waters in Governor Dodge state park, Iowa county, and Willow River state park, St. Croix county; Crystal lake in the Northern Highland state forest, Vilas county; Lake of the Dalles in Interstate park, Polk county; Mauthe lake in the Kettle Moraine state forest, Fond du Lac county; Lake Seven in the Kettle Moraine state forest, Sheboygan county; Ottawa lake in the Kettle Moraine state forest, Waukesha county; Interfalls lake in Pattison state park, Douglas county; Yellowstone lake in Yellowstone Lake state park, Lafayette county, and on all waters and lands, except model aircraft and hang gliders, in the Richard Bong state recreation area, Kenosha county.
(5) Off-highway motorcycles and dual-sport motorcycles. NR 45.05(5)(a)(a)
Noise and exhaust.
Off-highway motorcycles and dual-sport motorcycles shall have an unaltered U.S. forest service approved spark-arrester muffler emitting a sound level not to exceed 96 decibels on the A scale when measured in the manner prescribed in the reaffirmed 1998-07, Society of Automotive Engineers Standard J1287, titled Measurement of Exhaust Sound Levels of Stationary Motorcycles
NR 45.05 Note
Note: Copies and amendments of the Society of Automotive Engineers Technical Report 1998-07, Society of Automotive Engineers Standard J1287, titled
Measurement of Exhaust Sound Levels of Stationary Motorcycles, is available for inspection in the following offices: (A) The Department of Natural Resources, 101 S. Webster St., Madison, Wisconsin 53707. (B) The Legislative Reference Bureau, One E. Main St., Madison, Wisconsin. (C) The Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, Pennsylvania 15096.
No person may operate or be a passenger or allow a person to operate or be a passenger on an off-highway motorcycle or dual-sport motorcycle without wearing protective headgear of the type required under s. 347.485 (1) (a)
, Stats., and with the chin strap properly fastened.
Minimum age for the operation of an off-highway motorcycle or dual-sport motorcycle is 12 years unless accompanied by his or her parent, legal guardian, or certified safety instructor.
NR 45.05 Note
Note: Accompanied means being subject to continuous verbal direction or control and not necessarily accompanied on the same machine.
No operator may refuse to stop their off-highway motorcycle or dual-sport motorcycle after being requested or signaled to do so by a law enforcement officer.
Any crash that results in an injury requiring treatment by a physician or a fatal incident shall be reported as soon as possible to a law enforcement officer.
All operators of off-highway motorcycles or dual-sport motorcycles 16 years of age or older shall have in their possession a valid state trail pass, if the property requires a state trail pass.
NR 45.05 History
Cr. Register, December, 1983, No. 336
, eff. 1-1-84; r. and recr. (3), r. (4) (a), Register, August, 1986, No. 368
, eff. 9-1-86; r. and recr. (3) (d), Register, September, 1990, No. 417
, eff. 10-1-90; r. and recr. (3) (e), Register, March, 1992, No. 435
, eff. 4-1-92; am. (3) (d), renum. (4) (b) to be (4), Register, December, 1993, No. 456
, eff. 1-1-94; cr. (1) (f) and am. (3) (e), Register, November, 1995, No. 479
, eff. 12-1-95; am. (3) (e), cr. (3) (f) and (g), Register, December, 1997, No. 504
, eff. 1-1-98; CR 01-011
: am. (3) (e) Register April 2002 No. 556
, eff. 5-1-02; CR 03-035
: am. (4) Register December 2003 No. 576
, eff. 1-1-04; CR 07-026
: am. (1) (f), cr. (1) (g) to (i) and (5) Register December 2007 No. 624
, eff. 1-1-08; CR 10-042
: cr. (3) (h) Register December 2010 No. 660
, eff. 1-1-11; CR 16-001
: renum. (3) (d) to (3) (d) 1. and am., cr. (3) (d) 2., (em), am. (3) (f), (g), (h) (intro.) Register July 2017 No. 739
, eff. 8-1-17; 2017 Wis. Act 301
: cr. (3) (fm) Register April 2018 No. 748
, eff. 5-1-18; CR 19-107: am. (3) (h) Register July 2020 No. 775, eff. 8-1-20; correction in (3) (h) (intro.) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register July 2020 No. 775
In this section, “golf cart" means, except as provided in this section, a properly maintained unmodified manufacturer specification vehicle whose speed attainable in one mile does not exceed 20 miles per hour on a paved, level surface, and that is designed and intended to convey one or more persons and equipment to play the game of golf.
No person may operate any golf cart on lands under the management, supervision, and control of the department unless all of the following requirements are met:
The golf cart is operated within any of the following areas:
Boat landings 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 in the Peshtigo River State Forest, and the posted route and parking area leading to Boat Landing 13 in the Governor Thompson State Park.
Stephenson Town Park on High Falls Flowage in the Peshtigo River State Forest.
Medicine Brook Road from High Falls Road south 1.8 miles to the designated scenic overlook in the Peshtigo River State Forest.
The golf cart is operated in all of the following ways:
On the extreme right side of any state forest or state park road, traveling with the flow of traffic.
The person is 16 years old or older and possesses a valid drivers license.
The person is not under the influence of an intoxicant or a controlled substance.
The person yields the right-of-way to all other vehicular traffic and pedestrians.
The golf cart is equipped with, at all times, all of the following:
NR 45.055 History
History: CR 10-131
: cr. Register August 2011 No. 668
, eff. 9-1-11.
No person may allow a dog, cat or other pet in any building, in any department rental tent, tepee or yurt, or on any swimming beach, or on any Great Lakes shoreline zone as posted, picnic area, playground, fish hatchery ground, or Paradise Springs area in the southern unit Kettle Moraine state forest. Dogs, cats and other pets shall be kept on a leash not more than 8 feet long and under control at all times in all other state park areas, headquarters areas, ranger stations, campgrounds, state natural areas, in Point Beach state forest, in designated use areas in other state forests and the intensive use zone within the Richard Bong state recreation area. No person may allow his or her dog, cat or other pet to interfere in any manner with the enjoyment of the area by others.
Nothing in this section shall prohibit or restrict the use of dogs for hunting purposes in any area which is open to hunting. The use of dogs for dog trials and dog training shall be restricted to areas designated by the property superintendent under permit procedures established in ch. NR 17
No person may allow their dog, cat or other animal on any cross-country ski trails during that period of the year when such trails are used for cross-country skiing, or at any time on nature trails.
No person may allow the person's dog, cat or other animal on an observation tower.