Maumee State Forest APV Area

APV Rules for Maumee State Forest (Copied from Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources Website)

  • Trail bikes, dual sport motorcycles, all purpose vehicles, utility vehicles (side by sides), mountain bikes and snowmobiles are the only vehicles permitted on the designated trails.
  • Trail bikes, all purpose vehicles, utility vehicles (side by sides), mountain bikes and snowmobiles shall be registered and display a valid APV license plate per ORC 4519.11 ”State Recreational Vehicle Fund.” For more information on titling and registering your APV:
  • Dual Sport motorcycles are permitted with a regular public road/highway registration and license plate (no other types of road or highway registered vehicles are permitted).
  • You should bring a copy of your registration with you. Put it in a waterproof bag and store it under your seat with your tool kit.
  • APVs shall be operated only within the designated area.
  • No person shall operate an APV having a width greater than 62 inches.
  • The APV area is open for riding from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.
  • The APV area at Maumee State Forest is open year round for snowmobile usage in appropriate conditions.
  • All transport vehicles and trailers should be parked in the designated parking area for safety concerns.
  • Maximum speed limits are 5 mph in the parking area. At no time shall an APV be operated at a speed greater than that necessary to stop the vehicle in the assured clear distance.
  • All operators shall wear safety helmets and protective eye devices.
  • All operators shall have a valid, current motor vehicle operator’s license, except that minors less than 16 years of age may operate an APV if they are accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian 18 years of age or older.
    • No vehicle shall be operated on a one-way trail in the direction opposite to which the trail is posted.
  • All vehicles shall be equipped with adequate brakes, mufflers, and spark arrestors and must follow decibel limitations outlined in OAC 1501:3-4-12.
  • No person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs of abuse shall operate an APV.
  • No person shall operate an APV in such a manner as to willfully damage or destroy vegetation and trails, or for the purpose of chasing, capturing or killing wildlife.
  • Operators of APVs shall not carry or transport any firearms or other weapons that are not unloaded and securely encased.
  • No APV shall be used to carry more passengers than the vehicle was designed to carry. Contact your manufacturer for ride capacity.
  • No races or contests are permitted in the APV area.
  • Operators must report any accidents to the forest headquarters within 24 hours. This is in addition to the reports necessary to be made to the local law enforcement authorities. Call 911 in an emergency.
  • OAC 1501:3-4 Motor Vehicles

Attention Michigan and Other Out-of-State Riders: The State of Ohio requires riders from Michigan and other states that do not have reciprocity to obtain an annual “Temporary Operating Permit” at an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) location. In order to obtain this permit, you must present a valid title, a driver’s license and Social Security card. The cost is $14.75 per year. When contacting the BMV, please refer to Ohio Revised Code 4519.09 to ensure prompt service. The permit must be kept with the APV and must be displayed to law enforcement/management if requested. For more information on states with reciprocity, call Maumee State Forest, (419) 822-3052.