Press Release

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

ATV Riding in Public Streams is Illegal

JACKSON - Fisheries Biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) want to remind All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) drivers that riding in streambeds can be harmful to fish habitat and fish, and may be unlawful.  ATVs disturb gravel, sand, and vegetation in stream bottoms that serve as spawning areas for fish, cover for small fish, and attachment sites for insects, crawfish, and other aquatic fish food organisms.  


According to state statute, it is illegal for anyone to operate an ATV, four-wheel-drive motorized vehicle, or other wheeled or tracked vehicle that could cause damage to the streambed within the bed of a public waterway. This is a Class II violation, and upon conviction, may be punishable by fines of not less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00, or by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than 60 days nor more than six months, or by both fine and imprisonment.  


For more information regarding fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at or call us at 601-432-2045. 

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