Written landowner permission is required to operate an OHRV on private property. OHRV operators must stop and present identification to a landowner when requested to do so. All of the islands (including Govenor's Island) are private property and should not be crossed without owners permission.
POSTED LAND AND DUTY OF CARE (215A:34, 212:34)
Landowners are not required to post their property against OHRV use. The absence of signs prohibiting OHRVs does not imply that OHRVs are welcome or allowed. Landowners are not responsible to keep their land safe for use by others who may operate OHRVs.
OHRVs are not permitted to operate on the traveled portion or within the right-of-way or any public way, including roads, streets, highways, bridges, parking lots, sidewalks or ways that are maintained by any city, town, county, state or federal agency, except when specifically allowed and posted.
IT IS UNLAWFUL TO:
Skim across open water.
Ride in wetlands. Violators can be fined up to $10,000 and may be required to restore damages that result.
- Do not drink or do drugs and ride.
- Wear protective clothing. The most important piece of protective clothing you can wear is an approved helmet.
- Know your abilities to ride and do not exceed those levels.
- Identify the capabilities of the machine you are riding and do not exceed those levels.
- Always ride at a speed that is reasonable and prudent for the existing conditions.
- Know the area you are riding in.
- Always keep an open mind to learning.
- Use common sense when riding. Be prepared; carry a first aid and survival kit.
- Let someone know where you will be riding and when you plan on returning.
- Riding in wetlands is against the law, and violators can be fined up to $10,000 and may be required to restore damages that result.
For more information about ATVs, OHRVs and Snowmobiling, visit:
NH Snowmobiling Association
NH Off Highway Vehicle Association
Merrimack Valley Trail Riders
NH Fish & Game