Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicles

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Wheeled all-terrain vehicles (WATVs) are allowed on most public County roads with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less in the south and east sections of unincorporated Pierce County. Approximately 354 miles of roadway are approved for WATV use.

Their use is expected to support economic development, encourage tourism, and enhance recreational opportunities for Pierce County residents. 

Get started

Are you ready to ride? Review the following links to learn about state and local rules and regulations.


Licensing

Off-road and on-road WATV licenses are required per RCW 46.09, and can be obtained through the Washington State Department of Licensing. Visit the department's WATV page to learn more and read descriptions of approved vehicles.

Safety first

You must follow the posted speed limit and all applicable traffic laws. If you violate a traffic law or operate a WATV outside the approved roads, you may be cited per RCW 46.09.455.

Approved roads

Click on the image of the map below to view an interactive map. Additional roads may be added over time. Check back to view the latest map and roads.

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Other roads

WATVs are allowed on some roads within the cities of Roy and Buckley and the towns of Carbonado, Wilkeson and Eatonville. The public should contact the jurisdictions to learn which roads are approved. 


The vehicles are not permitted on state highways, forest service roads, primitive roads, Pierce County Parks property roads, utility easements, city streets abutting county roads unless approved by the jurisdiction, or in national parks. The public should check with the owners of private roads about vehicle use.

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We want your feedback about the use of WATVs on Pierce County roads. Please contact us using the information below.
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Phone: (253) 798-7250
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Attn: Chris Manners
2702 S 42nd St., Suite 109
Tacoma, WA 98409