Northeast Massachusetts: All use of snow
vehicles permitted only during daylight hours.
304 CMR 12.29 Snow
304, Chapter 12, Section 12.29 of the Code of Massachusetts
Regulations governs the use of snow vehicles within the property
of the Commonwealth under the care, custody or control of
the Department of Environmental Management, Division of Forests
and Parks. The following regulations specifically apply to
recreational snow vehicle use:
(2) No person shall operate any snow vehicle…upon
or over any property of the Division unless that vehicle is
under M.G.L. c. 90A or c. 90B.
(6) No snow vehicle is allowed on Department property unless
the Director has opened that property to use by snow vehicles.
Upon request to the Director and at the headquarters building
in each Department property, the Division shall make available
of all Department properties where snow vehicles are and are
(7) In those areas opened by the Director pursuant to 304
CMR 12.29(6), snow vehicles may be utilized on any unplowed
forest road or forest way unless posted to the contrary or
prohibited by regulation.
(8) No person shall operate a snow vehicle upon Department
property unless the area superintendent has determined the
sub-surface soil of the land of a particular Department property
to be solidly frozen and completely covered with a minimum
of four (4) inches of hard packed snow or ice. The Division
shall post these lands as open or closed in accordance with
existing weather and snow condition. The Division may post
this information at the park headquarters, at the trail head,
by written public notice or a combination.
(9) When the Division has posted the frozen waters to prohibit
it, no person shall operate a snow vehicle upon the frozen
waters of the Department. In the absence of such a posting,
persons utilizing frozen water bodies do so at their own risk
and the Division assumes no responsibility either implied
or expressed for the safety of any person who voluntarily
assumes a known and obvious risk inherent in such activities.
No person shall operate…a snow vehicle upon any frozen
Department waters under any circumstance unless a minimum
of five inches of solid ice cover is present. The operator
shall determine the thickness of the ice, and assumes all
responsibility in undertaking an activity with an inherent
and known risk.
(10) Each snow vehicle operated upon Department properties
shall carry a spare spark plug, flashlight, and spare drive
belt and sufficient tools to effect minor repairs.
(11) No person shall operate…a snow vehicle in or
upon the unfrozen waters or wetlands of the Department except
for the purpose of crossing a stream over a bridge, culvert
or similar structure or by operating the vehicle at the minimum
speed required to maintain controlled forward movement and
crossing in the most direct manner to minimize the potential
for erosion of the bed or banks of the stream.
(12) No person under 12 years of age shall operate any snow
vehicle…upon or over any Department property.