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Ask a conservation officer: ATVs cannot cross rivers and streams

Q: I know that ATVs are not allowed to operate in rivers or streams. However, if I have a hunting stand on the opposite side of a river from my access point, can I make a direct crossing with my machine to get to the other side?...

Q: I know that ATVs are not allowed to operate in rivers or streams. However, if I have a hunting stand on the opposite side of a river from my access point, can I make a direct crossing with my machine to get to the other side?
A: No. According to state law, all ATVs, OHMs or ORVs (all off-highway recreational vehicles) may not be operated in unfrozen public waters. If you need to make a crossing, a bridge or other way around the water must be found to legally cross the public waterway. If you have control of the land on either side of the water, you can contact your area DNR hydrologist for the regulations regarding the installation of a bridge to make a legal crossing possible.

Matthew S. Miller is a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer with the Lake Superior Marine Unit. Send your questions to outdoors@duluthnews.com .

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