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Off-Road Vehicle Riding Information

at Finger Lakes State Park

What you need before you ride 

  • Approved vehicles or equipment in the off-road vehicle (ORV) areas include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides, motorcycles and mountain bikes. An all-terrain vehicle is a motorized vehicle having a maximum width of 50 inches, designed to be operated off road with handlebars for steering and a seat that is straddled by the operator.  An ATV may be equipped with two, three, four or six flotation-type tires.  Side-by-side ORVs having a maximum width of 50 inches, bucket seats, seat belts and a certified roll-over protective structure are allowed in the ORV areas but it is recommended they be kept on designated trails.  Side-by-side ORVs are prohibited on the motocross track.  Operators and passengers must wear seat belts and helmets when operating a side-by-side.  Passengers are not allowed to ride in the cargo area of a side-by-side.
  • Any automobile, pickup truck, Jeep, dune buggy or any equipment not meeting the above criteria is prohibited off the designated roadway. See riding rules for more information.
  • Riding permits must be purchased at the park office for $5 per vehicle, per day.
  • No passengers are permitted on ATVs or motorcycles. One rider per vehicle, unless the manufacturer has designed the ATV for more than one rider.
  • Operators of ATVs, motorcycles and side-by-sides must wear protective helmets that meet or exceed U. S. Department of Transportation of ANSI Z90.1 certification.
  • All ATVs  and side-by-sides must be equipped with an orange flag measuring at least 72 square inches (6 x 9) displayed at the top of a flexible mast that is 72 inches in length.
  • All ATVs, motorcycles and side-by-sides must be equipped with functioning brakes, spark arrester and muffler, with noise level not to exceed 86 dba.

Who can ride?  

  • Riders may only operate machines that the manufacturer recommends for their age group.
  • Operators under 16 years of age must have direct supervision of licensed adult while operating an ORV.
  • A Youth Riding Area is designed for riders 12 years of age and under. All youth riders must have direct supervision of an adult at all times.
  • If you have consumed or are under the influences of intoxicating alcohol or drugs, the operation of an ORV is prohibited.

Where can you ride?

  • ORVs must be unloaded and loaded at the motocross track or staging area parking lot only.
  • Riding in the stream is prohibited under RSMo. 304.013 (2). Please use the creek crossing. Violations may result in permanent suspension of riding privileges and/or fines.
  • ORVs are prohibited from riding on or along paved roadways and paved parking areas, with the exception of the paved road to the motocross track.
  • Riding in the campground is prohibited. Campers may ride their ORVs from their campsites to the trailhead only. Please do not ride on the grass or to the showerhouse.
  • Speed limit within the motocross parking area, ORV staging area and pit area shall be five miles per hour. The speed limit in the designated buffer area between the pit area and ORV area shall be 10 miles per hour. No exhibition riding is permitted in any parking lot!
Motocross Track

The motocross track is a professionally designed course that has motocross jumps and turns. The course loops around a 10-acre track. Parts of the course go through a wooded area and back in front of the grand stand area. The track is open to the more experienced riders. The track is used for sanctioned motocross races. See the MXP racing section for more information. A youth track is located north of the Motocross Track for those with less experience.

The motocross track will be closed at least two days before each race weekend for preparations and will reopen one hour after racing is completed on Sunday. Please call ahead at 573-443-5315 for more detailed information.

Youth Riding Area

This area is located north of the Motocross Track. This small riding area has be set aside for children under the age of 12 years and who are riding ORVs 80cc or under. Adult supervisor is required at all times. On race days, the youth track is closed along with the main track.

Caution

  1. The ORV area is subject to topographic changes. Be alert for inclines, changing slopes and sudden drop-offs. Operate your vehicle at a safe and prudent speed at all times.
  2. Riders ride at their own risk.
  3. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1. 

Events

MXP Racing

Motocross Parents (MXP) coordinates and sponsors all races held at the park. Check www.mxpracing.com for more information on racing classes and entry fees. MXP is a member of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), the world's largest organized group of motorcycle enthusiasts. Check out www.ama-cycle.org for more information.

The motocross track will be closed at least two days before each race weekend for preparations and will reopen one hour after racing is completed on Sunday. Please call ahead at 573-443-5315 for more detailed information.