Off-Road Riding Rules

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!
ORV trailMotocross 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 southeast of the Motocross Track Area. The youth size motocross track has been designed for youth under the age of 12 years and who are riding ORVs 80cc or under. Adult supervisor is required at all times. A parking lot, spectator bleacher and restrooms are available in the area.

Caution

  1. WARNING: There is an inherent risk in the participation in off-road vehicle (ORV) riding, which is a dangerous recreational activity that may result in serious injury to person or property, including, but not limited to, paralysis, brain damage, concussion, broken bones or death.

    User should be aware that trail conditions may change due to weather and other natural events and/or ORV operator use, and that marked or unmarked dangers may exist.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources does not make any representations, warranties or guarantees as to the fitness, safety or suitability of any portion of the ORV riding area (including, without limitation, any designated or undesignated trails) for any recreational use.

    User has been warned that accidents and collisions do occur and injuries may result, and therefore user assumes all the risk of injuries, and loss of or damage to property.  Each ORV user participates at his or her own risk and has a duty to exercise good judgment and act in a responsible manner while participation in ORV riding.

    If a user commits any act that endangers the safety of their self or other persons, or violates any laws, rules, or special management regulations, riding privileges may be revoked without refund.

  2. 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.