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Unread 09-05-2013, 09:44 AM   #1
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Power line trails?

Anyone know what happens if you are caught on a power line trail? Tons of work going on with the expansion making for quick easy trails for my stock wrangler. Gets my fix in until I can wheel with the big boys (and get a few payments in before I brake something)

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Unread 09-05-2013, 10:40 AM   #2
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If its not legal, don't do it regardless of consequences. Very bad for the sport. Why do you think we have such limited options here in the Northeast?
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Unread 09-05-2013, 10:57 AM   #3
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I think options are limited in populated area due to abuse....I know I ca use logging roads up north for sure! Can't wait to hit stud mil rd!
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Unread 09-05-2013, 11:00 AM   #4
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No signs posted so unsure if legal.
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Unread 09-05-2013, 11:06 PM   #5
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I've been up a couple of the roads in my WK. In Monmouth, w. Gardiner area. No cops around there and some fun hills.
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Unread 09-06-2013, 04:17 PM   #6
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I'm stock so not expecting to tear anything up.....heard an all wheel place to go to in Greene. $10pp and 400 acres....gonna check it out....and look for more aggressive tires
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Unread 09-07-2013, 08:34 AM   #7
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I'm stock too. And the off road park is pretty sweet. Just make sure you put your ten dollars in the box. A buddy of me me didn't and when he got stuck. The owner told him to find his own way out.
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Unread 09-17-2013, 09:45 AM   #8
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I am the President of the local ATV/snowmobile club and I can positively tell you that it is illegal to run your Jeep on the CMP power line. There are exceptions to that rule for:

1. Clubs that have approved plans and trails
2. Farmers who have written permission to graze their live stock and travel
3. Other activities approved in writing by CMP

Additionally, when the ATV/snowmobile trails are built and maintained by the clubs using State money (almost all are) those are also restricted by law.

It's not that people hate 4X4's. In fact, I have a mudder but I take it to approved trails. It is just the fact that people destroy trails, bridges, floating trails with their rigs. I have helped build a bridge on one Saturday and returned the next Saturday to find it destroyed!

Now we post cameras and turn the pictures over to the Warden Service and State Police. If you really want to be a good neighbor and help the 4X4 community, use approved ares.
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Unread 09-17-2013, 10:35 AM   #9
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Thanks for the education and confirmation I've had sleds and knew that trails were off limits to 4x4s due to the chance of being torn up and thus losing permission to use the land. Did not know that some trails are approved for ATVs. I plan to stick to the 4x4 and sleds myself I'll stay away from the power lines . Plan to try the green off road park and get up north to logging roads. I also want to join a club. Is your club in the Lewiston area?
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Unread 04-05-2014, 02:52 AM   #10
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Anyone know what happens if you are caught on a power line trail? Tons of work going on with the expansion making for quick easy trails for my stock wrangler. Gets my fix in until I can wheel with the big boys (and get a few payments in before I brake something)
I went out for breakfast with a few MMP guys the other day and a couple of wardens showed up and I asked the same question, I was informed that:
1. First Offense - $500
2. Each Consecutive - $750
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Unread 04-06-2014, 12:15 PM   #11
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You're vehicle can be confiscated if there's environmental damage.
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I am the President of the local ATV/snowmobile club and I can positively tell you that it is illegal to run your Jeep on the CMP power line. There are exceptions to that rule for: 1. Clubs that have approved plans and trails 2. Farmers who have written permission to graze their live stock and travel 3. Other activities approved in writing by CMP Additionally, when the ATV/snowmobile trails are built and maintained by the clubs using State money (almost all are) those are also restricted by law. It's not that people hate 4X4's. In fact, I have a mudder but I take it to approved trails. It is just the fact that people destroy trails, bridges, floating trails with their rigs. I have helped build a bridge on one Saturday and returned the next Saturday to find it destroyed! Now we post cameras and turn the pictures over to the Warden Service and State Police. If you really want to be a good neighbor and help the 4X4 community, use approved ares.
I got permission from CMP to wheel my jeep on the power lines... All it took was a phone call. I've been wheeling from Scarborough into Gorham and Saco for the last 8 years without any issues and have seen a handful of wardens while I'm out there.
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Unread 05-05-2014, 12:08 PM   #13
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Any stretch of power line that has an official atv/snowmobile trails on it (that is the vast majority of trails near populations) must comply with this Maine law:

13107 – Unlawfully operating vehicle on snowmobile trail

A person may not operate any 4-wheel drive vehicle, dune buggy, all-terrain vehicle, motorcycle, or any other motor vehicle, other than a snowmobile and appurtenant equipment, on snowmobile trails that are financed in whole or in part with funds from the Snowmobile Trail Fund, unless that use has been authorized by the landowner or the landowner’s agent, or unless the use is necessitated by an emergency involving safety or persons or property.


A separate Maine law says any time you operate a vehicle off road on property other than your own in Maine, you must have written permission to do so from the owner. Many people ignore that law for small land owners but it's a must have when traveling off posted trails/roads. I 'm in contact with CMP about 6-8 times per year and I have never heard the staff there say anything other what I just told you. Since it's been eight years you might want to call that number again and check with them. That is especially true now with the 440 line going in.

I understand the frustration - I have a YJ with lockers and would love to run it on the trails. In fact, I saw a warden last Fall site an operator and confiscate his Ranger PU for driving on a power line trail and destroying a bridge in the process.
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