Requirements by vehicle type

The following equipment, gear, licenses, certificats and permits are required to operate in Silver Lake State Park's off-road vehicle area:

Side-by-side vehicles / UTV

  • Front mount safety flag
  • Seat belt for each occupant
  • Eye protection and/or windshield
  • 94 dB sound level or less
  • USFS-approved spark arrestor exhaust system
  • Valid driver’s license for operators 16 years and older 
  • No operators under the age of 16 years old
  • Recreation PassportORV license and trail permit 

ATV / 4-Wheeler / Quad / Motorcycle

  • Rear mount safety flag 
  • No passengers (this includes two-up style ATVs) 
  • Eye protection 
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) certified helmet (or equal helmet)
  • 94 dB sound level or less 
  • USFS-approved spark arrestor exhaust system
  • ORV Safety Certificate: 12 to 15 years old
  • Valid Driver’s License: 16 years and older 
  • Recreation PassportORV license and trail permit 

ATC / 3-Wheeler / Trike

  • Rear mount safety flag 
  • No passengers  
  • Eye protection 
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) certified helmet (or equal helmet)
  • 94 dB sound level or less 
  • USFS-approved spark arrestor exhaust system
  • No operators under 16 years old
  • Recreation PassportORV license and trail permit 

Truck / Jeep / dune buggy

  • Front mount safety flag 
  • Seat belt for each occupant 
  • Eye protection and/or windshield 
  • 94 dB sound level or less 
  • USFS-approved spark arrestor exhaust system / reverse flow exhaust 
  • Driver must be protected by metal roof and/or roll bar above and behind head 
  • Passengers not protected by metal roof/roll bar above and behind head must wear American National Standards Institute (ANSI) certified helmet (or equal helmet)
  • Valid driver’s license: 16 years and older 
  • No operators under the 16 years old
  • Recreation PassportORV license and trail permit 

Other Vehicles (snowmobile / Argo / golf cart / etc.)

  • Contact Silver Lake State park office for specific requirements at 231-873-3083.