ATVs & SNOWMOBILES

The use of snowmobiles, trail bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or other motorized vehicles for recreational purposes is generally prohibited on Fort Drum. The only exceptions are as follows:

      (1)  Snowmobiles for recreational riding in training areas 7E, 7F, and 7G beginning December 15 after the big game hunting season.  Snowmobiles must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer.

      (2)  ATVs for recreational riding on designated recreational roads around Training Areas 7E, 7F, and 7G only.  ATVs must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer.  No riding, parking or off-loading is permitted on State Highway 3A.

      (3)  ATVs and snowmobiles for Fort Drum approved trapping activities.  ATVs and snowmobiles must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer, but they can be operated on roads and trails while following a trap line.

      (4)  ATVs and snowmobiles for ice fishing activities on Mud Lake, Indian Pond, and Indian and Narrow Lakes only.  ATVs and snowmobiles must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer.  The most direct route possible from the parked vehicle to the waterbody must be taken. 

      (5)  ATVs on trails and roads not designated as recreational roads for the purpose of recovering lawfully taken big game.  ATVs must be transported into the Training Area by vehicle or trailer.  Range Branch must be contacted (315-772-7152) for approval BEFORE access on a non-recreational trail or road can occur in the Training Area.  No weapon can be carried on an ATV when recovering big game; otherwise, the transport of weapons must be in accordance with FD Reg 420-3 paragraph 7(d). 

      (6)  ATVs on Cool, Pannels, and North Star Spring Roads (FD Reg 420-3 Appendix D) for the purpose of increasing access and recovering lawfully taken big game.  ATVs must be transported to the designated parking areas by vehicle or trailer. ATVs may only be used on and parked next to Cool, Pannels, and North Star Spring Roads (Appendix D)—no off-road use is allowed. The transport of weapons must be in accordance with FD Reg 420-3 paragraph 7(d) and 11(d).  The speed limit may not exceed 10 mph.

      (7)  ATVs on trails and roads in Training Areas 6A, 7E, 7F, 7G, and 17D not designated as recreational roads for the purpose of hunting for those eligible for accessible accommodations in FD Reg 420-3 paragraph 11(a).  See FD Reg 420-3 paragraph 11(f) for more information.

ATV use on Fort Drum must in accordance with FD Reg 420-3 paragraph 6(k). All regular access and check-in/check-out procedures apply.

Fort Drum MWR Outdoor Recreation offers ATV and snowmobile safety classes. 

For other resources for ATV riding and snowmobiling in the area, see the following: