Forestry, Recreation, & Land Department
ADA Accessibility and Guidance
Vilas County Forestry, Recreation, and Land Department is committed to providing outdoor recreational experiences for people of all abilities. On March 15, 2011, The Department of Justice (DOJ) amended its regulation implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to increase access to public facilities and programs by individuals with mobility disabilities. The Department of Justice rules [exit Vilas County] require public entities to make reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures to allow Power Driven Mobility Devices (PDMDs) at public facilities.
To comply with the ruling, Vilas County (Vilas County Forestry Accessibility Guidance – Document) has implemented a permit system to allow individuals with disabilities to use PDMDs on Vilas County Forest lands as a mode of personal conveyance. To simplify the process for you and ensure the safety of all trail users and the public, we have implemented a PDMD application and permit. We are also assessing individual trails and facilities on the Vilas County Forest to determine where PDMDs can be used safely while maintaining resource protection. To access a particular area of the Vilas County Forest with a PDMD, you may apply for and submit an individual permit to the Forest Administrator, who will work with you to determine where and when you may use your device. Click here for a Fillable VCF - PDMD Permit or print and mail the following permit application – VCF - PDMD Permit. A permittee is required to carry the PDMD permit and display the VCF PDMD – Placard when operating on the Vilas County Forest.
For a list of Accessible Facilities and their amenities, please click the link.
To access PDMD accessibility on trails please click on this ADA Trail Map Portal, then select the trail you wish to access.
To provide feedback or report concerns please submit using our ADA Accessibility Feedback Form.
Wisconsin law provides for a variety of hunting, fishing, and recreational use permits designed to help people with disabilities enjoy the state's natural resources.
- For information and applications for Wisconsin hunting or fishing permits for persons with disabilities go to the following link: http://dnr.wi.gov/permits/disabled.html.
- For access to outdoor recreation opportunities on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources properties go to Open the Outdoors at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/openoutdoors/.
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