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Resident machines must display a valid, current Iowa DNR registration decal and the registration certificate must be on the operator or machine.

Nonresident machines must display a valid Iowa DNR nonresident user permit on the machine. If the home state requires registration, this must also be displayed on the machine.

ATV riders in the state of Iowa  (resident as well as nonresident) who are ages 12 through 17 are required to have taken, and passed, an ATV education course and have an education certificate in their possession when riding on public land, public ice, and designated ATV trails, if these areas are signed open to ATV use. 

ATV Education Courses

Additional OHV Information
+ OHV Registration and Renewal
+ Operator Incident Report
+ Special Events Calendar
+ Special Events Permitting
+ ATV Trail Grant Program
+ Annual Report
Rules and Regulations
OHV Reference Guide
OHV Park Rules

City and County Ordinances

Questions regarding the on-road OHV use (authorized under a city or county ordinance) should be directed to the local authorizing jurisdiction.

OHV parks are open year round. Alerts are only posted when limited use or closure is required.

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Lakeview OHV Park - Johnson County
  • Park Status: PARK CLOSED
  • Reason:There is no access to the park entrance.
  • Details: Access to the park is blocked by major road construction and flooding. There is no use of the park at this time. This closure will be removed when safe access has been restored.
  • Posted: 9/12/2018 9:59:38 AM
Nicholson-Ford OHV Park - Marshall County
  • Park Status: PARK CLOSED
  • Reason:Flooding
  • Details:
  • Posted: 9/21/2018 7:33:03 PM
Rathbun OHV Park - Appanoose County
  • Park Status: PARK CLOSED
  • Reason:Wet trail conditions
  • Details:
  • Posted: 9/5/2018 6:30:14 PM
River Valley OHV Park - Pottawattamie County
  • Park Status: PARK CLOSED
  • Reason:Major construction project
  • Details: A preliminary engineering assessment of the park has been completed. Once notes and design has been completed, we will be on a path to making a decision on how to proceed. The park remains closed to all use. We will continue to update the status of the park through the alert system. For questions, please contact Rhonda Fowler at 515-725-8490.
  • Posted: 9/12/2018 9:57:38 AM
Iowa's OHV Parks
ATV and Off-road Motorcycle Use:

Bluff Creek OHV Park
Mahaska Co, SW of Oskaloosa 

ATV, ORM and ORV Use:

Gypsum City OHV Park
Webster Co., SE of Fort Dodge

Lakeview OHV Park
Johnson Co., N of Iowa City

Rathbun OHV Park
Appanoose County
SW arm of Lake Rathbun, IA

River Valley OHV Park
Pottawattamie Co
Along MO River, Council Bluffs 

Riverview OHV Park
Black Hawk Co., Waterloo, IA

Tama County OHV Park
Tama Co., S of Tama, Hwy 63