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Dead Horse Run Trail

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Other Names

Clam Lake, Camp Loretta, Day Lake, Stock Farm Bridge, Chippewa River, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Great Divide Ranger District, Sawyer County, Deadhorse Run

Last Known StatusOpen

This area offers about 63 miles of hard packed and level ATV trails that wind through a scenic forest that consists of various maple, oak, aspen and birch trees. Foxes, raccoons, rabbits and white-tailed deer are among the wildlife that can be found throughout the forest. The name "Dead Horse" comes from an unfortunate event back in 1900 when a team of horses fell through ice and perished.

Camp Loretta is the suggested staging area for large trailers since it has plenty of room for parking while the northeastern Dead Horse Slough trailhead offers a smaller staging area. There is no fee for camping but there is a small day use fee charged for parking.

The trails are open daily except during spring thaw which begins around mid March through the end of April. Exact dates vary so call first before heading out.

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Permit RequiredYesWI ATV Permit
Dates OpenMay - March 14 (weather permitting)
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoWisconsin registration or a Nonresident Trail Pass required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (65 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 65 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


ParkingYes ($5.00)
Annual Pass - $20


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityFifield, WI
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Fifield, WI
1) Take SR-70 West 23 miles
2) Turn right (north) onto CR-GG, continue 2.6 miles
3) Turn left (west) onto FS Road 621, continue .2 miles to staging area.


Contact InfoChequamegon National Forest - Great Divide Ranger District
N22223 Hwy. 13
Glidden, WI 54527
(715) 634-4821
(715) 264-2511
Contact InfoWisconsin DNR
P.O. Box 78701
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0701
(888) 936-7463
CommentATV and UTV Permit Info


Dead Horse Run Trail Photo

Dead Horse Run Trail

Photo Submitted 5/23/2016 (Thanks!)

Dead Horse Run Trail Photo

Dead Horse Run Trail

Photo Submitted 11/6/2013 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size85,000 acres (133 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail63
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1400 to 1500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little



Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (E)Fifield Station (715) 762-8844
Diesel DieselFifield, WI
Potable Water WaterFifield, WI
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (W)Lake Chippewa Campground (715) 462-3672
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (W)Lake Chippewa Campground (715) 462-3672
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteCamp Loretta
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)BP Food Mart (715) 266-7676
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