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OHV Grant Assisted Sites:

Christian County
South Fork Dirt Riders
794 East IL Route 104
Taylorville, IL 62568
217-237-4752 [436 acres]

Clark County
Clark County Park District
Mill Creek Park
20482 N Park Entrance Rd
Marshall 62441
217-889-2882 [150 acres approx.]

Cumberland County
Lincoln Trail Motosports
649 County Road 2150 E
Casey, IL 62420

217-932-2041 [280 acres]
Henry County
Atkinson Motorsports Park
P.O. Box 179
Atkinson, IL 61235
309-936-7878 [206 acres]

Pike County
Harpole’s Heartland Lodge
Harpole’s OHV Park
10236 393rd Street
Nebo IL 62355
217-734-2526 [1,200 acres]
Saline County
Williams Hill Pass OHV Park
1935 Peak Road
Harrisburg, IL 62946
618-252-6978 [220 acres]
Scott County
Crooked Creek OHV Riding Area
735 Brackett Lane
Winchester, IL 62694
217-742-3415 [65 acres]
Williamson County
Little Egypt Public OHV Area
PO Box 197
Harrisburg, IL 62946
618-252-2062 [718 acres]
Winnebago County
Rocky Glen OHV Park
4012 South Main Street
Rockford, IL 61102
815-963-7400 [120 acres]

1. Respect other people's property and rights. Stay on the trail. Know where you are permitted to ride and where you are not.

2. Use a full-size helmet, goggles or visor to prevent injuries from twigs, stones and flying debris.

3. Never carry a passenger on your ATV.

4. Maintain a safe speed for the terrain, visibility conditions and your experience.

5. Be sure your all-terrain vehicle is in top notch mechanical condition at all times.

6. Familiarize yourself with your ATV by reading the owner's manual.

7. Never operate an ATV under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

8. Obey the law. Ask your local dealer about ATV laws and regulations. Do not harass wildlife.

9. Do not litter any trails or camping areas. Carry out what you carry in.

10. Be a good sportsman. Recognize that people judge all ATV users by your actions.

Public Access stickers are required on ALL OHV's operated on these sites.

IDNR's Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grant Program

What is it?

The OHV grant program was created as part of the Recreational Trails of Illinois Act signed into law by Governor Edgar on August 1, 1997. This Act stipulated that all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles purchased on or after January 1, 1998 must apply for a $30 certificate of title. (Machines used only for production agriculture need only pay $13). These funds are to be used for grants for public OHV riding areas and for the administration, enforcement, planning and implementation of the Act.

What types of grants are available?

Grants may be awarded for the acquisition of land from willing sellers (either fee simple title, permanent easement or lease), for the development of OHV areas (including construction, rehabilitation and maintenance costs), for the restoration of areas damaged by OHV use, and for rider education and safety programs.

Who may apply for the grants?

Units of local government, private OHV clubs and organizations, business entities and private individuals.

How large are the grants?

There is no maximum grant award established. Grants may cover up to 100% of an approved project's cost.

What "strings" are attached to the grants?

All sites that receive grant assistance must be open to the public during reasonable hours and times of the year. Development grant recipients must maintain the site for public use for a minimum of 5 years, plus 1 additional year for every $10,000 in assistance over $50,000. Acquisition grant recipients, depending on the type of acquisition, may be required to keep the property open for OHV use in perpetuity.

May a fee be charged to the public for the use of a grant-assisted site?

Yes. However, the fee must be reasonable and not discriminatory and may be subject to review by DNR.

If an applicant receives OHV grant funds, can they apply for additional funds for the same site later?

Yes. There is no restriction placed on how many times an applicant may apply or receive grant funds, nor is there any maximum grant limit of funds that may be allocated for a single site.

Are there any restrictions placed on the users of a site that has received OHV grant funds?

Yes. In addition to the titling fees that support the grant program, a public access sticker must also be purchased for every machine that is operated on a public OHV site. The funds raised from the sale of the stickers are deposited into the grant program fund. The public access decals will be sold at the following rates:

  1. $10 for individual use by Illinois residents
  2. $17 for rental units or non-residents from states that do not have a reciprocal agreement with the department, or vehicles registered as production agriculture
  3. $25 for dealer and manufacturer demonstrations and research.

Is there an application deadline when I must apply?

Yes. There is an annual application deadline of March 1. The Department may also establish interim application dates.

How can I receive more information on the OHV grant program?

By contacting IDNR's Division of Grant Administration, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271. The telephone number is 217-782-7481, or visit our Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Program page.

The IL DNR receives federal financial assistance and therefore must comply with federal anti-discrimination laws. IDNR does not discriminate on the basis of sex, color, race, religion, national origin, age, disability or other non-merit factors including but not limited to sexual orientation, marital or parental status and/or physical stature. If you feel that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility, please contact the EEO officers at 217-785-0067. TYY 217-782-9175.



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