We invite you to enjoy your outdoor recreation activities this winter and experience the fun of snowmobiling at forests and parks across the Commonwealth. To assist you in your planning, we would like to acquaint you with the regulations for snow vehicle operation in MassParks, how to register your snowmobile, as well as featured state properties open to snowmobile use. Come out and play! We look forward to meeting you on the trails. Click here for a complete list of state properties open and closed to snowmobile use.

South Region

Freetown-Fall River State ForestAssonet
Myles Standish State ForestCarver
Wompatuck State Park: Snow vehicles permitted on portion east of Union Street onlyHingham

North Region: All use of snow vehicles permitted only during daylight hours.

Bradley Palmer State ParkTopsfield
Georgetown-Rowley State ForestGeorgetown
Hopkinton State ParkHopkinton
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State ForestLowell
Willard Brook State ForestAshby & Townsend
Whitehall State Park : Snowmobiles are only permitted during daylight hours and are to be operated only on frozen waters for ice fishing purposes.Hopkinton

Central Region

Douglas State ForestDouglas
Leominster State ForestWestminster
Rutland State ParkRutland
Spencer State ForestSpencer
Brimfield State ForestBrimfield
Erving State ForestErving
Lake Dennison Recreation AreaWinchendon
Mt. Grace State ForestWarwick
Otter River State ForestBaldwinville
Pearl Hill State ParkW. Townsend
Upton State ForestUpton
Wells State ParkSturbridge
Wendell State ForestWendell

West Region

Beartown State ForestMonterey
Chester-Blandford State Forest Chester
D.A.R. State ForestGoshen
Dubuque, Kenneth Memorial State ForestHawley
Mt. Holyoke Range State ParkAmherst
Monroe State ForestMonroe
Mt. Greylock State ReservationLanesborough
October Mountain State ForestLee
Pittsfield State ForestPittsfield
Sandisfield State Forest (York Lake)Sandisfield
Savoy Mountain State ForestSavoy
Tolland State ForestOtis
Windsor State ForestWindsor

302 CMR 12.14: Rules of Conduct on DCR Properties – Recreational Vehicles

302, Chapter 12, Section 12.14 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations governs the use of recreational vehicles within the property of the Commonwealth under the care, custody or control of the Department of Conservation & Recreation. The following regulations specifically apply to recreational snow vehicle use:

(1) No person shall operate a snow vehicle….. on DCR property except on forest ways, forest trails, or other areas specifically designated and marked by the Department for snow vehicle….. use, or as otherwise authorized in writing by DCR.

(2) No person shall operate a snow vehicle upon DCR property unless the designated trail or use area is completely covered with a minimum of four inches of hard packed snow on land or five inches of ice on water bodies. An operator of a snow vehicle entering onto DCR frozen waters shall assume all responsibility in undertaking such activity on DCR property. In areas which are open to use by snow vehicles, driving of such vehicles on unmaintained DCR roads will be allowed, unless:
a. DCR posts specific areas as restricted access areas, or
b. Such access to unplowed areas is prohibited by other law or regulation.

(3) No person shall operate a snow vehicle….. in or upon the unfrozen waters or wetlands of DCR property except if crossing a stream over a bridge, a culvert or a similar structure, or by operating the vehicle at the minimum speed required to maintain controlled forward movement to cross in the most direct manner in order to minimize the potential for erosion of the stream bed or banks while on DCR property.

(4) No person may operate a snow vehicle upon the frozen waters of a DCR property when such waters are posted as prohibiting such access.

(5) Licensed hunters possessing a valid handicap plate or placard issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles may use a snow vehicle….. on DCR trails designated for such motorized uses for the purpose of hunting access during established hunting seasons.

(7) No person may operate any snow vehicle….. upon or over any DCR property unless that vehicle is registered in accordance with the laws and regulations of M.G.L. c. 90A or M.G.L. c. 90B.

(9) No person under 12 years of age shall operate any snow vehicle….. on DCR property.

(10) No person may operate a snow vehicle….. upon any DCR property except in accordance with these regulations, M.G.L. c. 90B, §§ 21 through 35, and regulations promulgated thereunder.

(11) No person shall operate any snow vehicle….. upon any DCR property in a reckless manner or in such a manner as may cause or tend to cause fear, discomfort or injury to any person, wildlife, pet, horse, property or vegetation of the DCR or neighboring private property, or at a speed which may be considered unreasonable or improper for existing conditions.
(12) When approaching a non-motorized user including a pedestrian, skier, snowshoer, or bicyclist, the operator of a snow vehicle….. shall immediately slow his or her vehicle to a minimum safe operating speed, shall give the right of way to the non-motorized user, shall not pass until passing can be accomplished with complete safety, and shall not accelerate the vehicle until there is a reasonable distance, no less than 50 feet, from such non-motorized user.

(13) When approaching a horse being led, ridden or driven, the operator of a snow vehicle….. shall bring the vehicle to a stop and turn off the motor if such animal appears to be frightened or if the person in charge of the animal so signals. The operator of a snow vehicle….. shall give the right of way to the horseback rider and shall not pass until passing can be accomplished with complete safety, and shall not accelerate the vehicle until there is a reasonable distance, no less than 50 feet, from the horse.

302 CMR 12.03: Hours of Operation

(3) The use of DCR property for snowmobiling….. is not limited to the hours of operation provided in 302 CMR 12.03(1).

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