Legal Operation of Snowmobiles


It is unlawful for any person to drive or operate any snowmobile:

  • On public land without a measurable snow cover.
  • At a rate of speed greater than reasonable or proper under all existing circumstances.
  • In a careless, reckless or negligent manner, so as to endanger the person or property of another, or cause injury or damage.
  • While under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Without a lighted headlight and taillight from sunset to sunrise, and at such other times when conditions provide insufficient lighting to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles at a distance of 500 feet ahead.
  • In any tree nursery or planting in a manner which damages or destroys growing stock.
  • On any public land, ice or snow, in violation of official DNR signs prohibiting such operation in the interest of safety for persons, property or environment. Any officer appointed by the DNR may post an official sign in an emergency for the protection of persons, property or environment.
  • In or on any park or fish and game area, except on designated snowmobile trails.
  • Upon an operating railroad right of way. A snowmobile may be driven directly across a railroad right of way only at an established crossing and not withstanding any other provisions of law, may, if necessary, use the improved portion of the established crossing after yielding to all on coming traffic.
  • With a firearm in the person’s possession, unless it is unloaded and enclosed in a carrying case. However, a nonambulatory person may carry an uncased and unloaded firearm while operating or riding a snowmobile.