TRAIL ACCESS IS CURRENTLY CLOSED & UNAVAILABLE FROM THE CAMPGROUND
The local ATV Club is working on efforts of regaining ATV trail privileges for the 2023 riding season. Check back for updates.
Lazy Frog Campground is an ATV friendly campground. It is however, paramount that safety of our riding and non-riding campers is of top priority for continued enjoyment of the sport and trail access in and out of the campground.
With this in mind, the following rules and code of conduct are expected of our riding campers.
Rules and Code of Conduct
All riders leaving Lazy Frog Campground are asked to conduct themselves Safely & Respectfully in accordance with Maine State Laws and Safety Regulations when riding on campground property, access roads or trails. It is the sole responsibility of each camper who operates an ATV from their respective campsite to adhere to the following:
State of Maine Laws
All riders are responsible for the registration and insurance of their recreational vehicles in accordance with the State of Maine Laws.
A person under 10 years of age may not operate an ATV. A person 10 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age, may not operate an ATV unless that person has successfully completed a training course and is accompanied by an adult.
Accident, Injury, Personal or Property Damage Accountability: All riders, riding guests, riding passengers or their Private Insurance Company, shall assume any and all responsibility for personal or property damage caused by recreational vehicles traveling to and from Lazy Frog Campground property.
All ATV riders and/or recreational vehicles must enter and exit the campground at idle speed and remain at idle speed to and from the trail access entrance. Specifically includes the dirt and paved roadway to and from the campground. TRAIL ACESS IS OFF CEMETERY ROAD. CEMETERY ROAD IS NOT A TRAIL AND MUST BE TRAVELLED AT IDLE SPEED. NO WARNINGS. Offense to the rule will result in permanent loss of riding privileges from the campground property.
All riders shall not operate an ATV before 8:00am or after DUSK on campground property. If you are returning from a ride after quiet hours, please turn off your machine and walk it to your campsite.
Please respect fellow campers and neighbors. NO LOUD EXHAUTS, EXCESSIVE NOISE, REVVING OF ENGINES ON PROPERTY OR WHEN TRAVELING TO AND FROM THE TRAIL ENTRANCE.
At NO TIME is the riding of ATVs/UTVs on public roads permitted.
Reports of riders from Lazy Frog Campground riding on public roads shall permanently lose their riding privileges from the campground property.
Most ATV trails located throughout Maine are on private land and are maintained by local clubs. The use of private land and most trails is a privilege granted to you by landowners. Please respect their wishes and their land as if it were your own.
Many trails are not open during mud season. Please inquiry ahead before riding in the spring.
TREAD LIGHTLY, DO NOT track mud into the bathrooms or shower stalls
ATV riders are asked to clean up mud at your own campsite. Please REMOVE muddy clothing and boots BEFORE entering the bathrooms or shower stalls. Disregard of any rules may result in permanent loss of riding privileges from Lazy Frog Campground property.
Quick Tips for Responsible ATV Riding
Knowing how to minimize your impact on the environment when you ride is critical. Below are some quick tips on responsible ATV riding in the great outdoors using the TREAD principles.
- TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY: Travel responsibly on designated roads, trails or areas. Travel only in areas open to all-terrain vehicles use. Minimize wheel spin. On switchbacks, avoid roosting around the apex of the turn when climbing or brake-sliding during descent, both of which gouge the trail. Drive over, not around obstacles to avoid widening the trail.
- Slow down when sight lines are poor, Cross streams only at designated fording points, where the trail crosses the stream.
- Comply with all signs and respect barriers.
- Buddy up with two or three riders, reducing vulnerability if you have an accident or breakdown. Designate meeting areas in case of separation.
- When winching always inspect your equipment, use the right winch for the situation, find a good secure anchor and never winch with less than five wraps of wire wrapped around the drum.
- When using a tree as an anchor, use a wide tree strap to avoid damaging the trunk of the tree.
- Listening to headphones or ear buds can make it difficult to hear and communicate with other recreationists. In some areas it is illegal to operate ATVs with both ears covered.
Respect the rights of others, including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers and others so they can enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed.
- Be considerate of others on the road or trail.
- Leave gates as you find them. If passing private property, be sure to ask permission from landowner.
- Yield the right of way to those passing you or traveling uphill. Yield to mountain bikers, hikers & horses.
- Proceed with caution around horses and pack animals to avoid "spooking" them. Move to the side and turn off your engine.
- Do not ride around in camping, picnicking, trailhead or residential areas.
- Keep the noise and dust down.
Educate yourself prior to a trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies.
- Obtain a map of your destination and determine which areas are open to ATVs.
- Make a realistic plan and stick to it. Always tell someone of your travel plans.
- Check the weather forecast before you go. Prepare for the unexpected by packing a small backpack full of emergency items.
- Wear a helmet, eye protection and other safety gear.
- Know your limitations. Watch your time, your fuel, and your energy.
- Make sure your ATV is mechanically up to the task. Be prepared with tools, supplies, spares, and a spill kit for trailside repairs.
Avoid sensitive areas such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands and streams. Stay on designated routes.
- Other areas to avoid unless on designated routes include crypto biotic soils of the desert or tundra and seasonal nesting or breeding areas.
- Do not disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites.
- Avoid "spooking" livestock and wildlife you encounter and keep your distance.
- Motorized and mechanized vehicles are not allowed in designated Wilderness Areas.
Do your part by modeling appropriate behavior, leaving the area better than you found it properly disposing of waste minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species, and restoring degraded areas.
- Carry a trash bag and pick up litter left by others.
- Pack out what you pack in. Observe proper sanitary waste disposal or pack your waste out.
- Prevent unnecessary noise created by a poorly tuned vehicle or revving your engine without need.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SAFE AND RESPECTFUL RIDING
Your Lazy Frog Campground Hosts,
Peggy & John Welch