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Snowmobiling season just around the corner

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Taken from: http://www.postcrescent.com/story/sports/outdoors/motor-sports/2014/11/13/snowmobiling-season-coming/18964687/

Did you ever wonder how those ATV/UTV and snowmobile trails appear each year just in time for riding fun? Club volunteers spend countless hours working with landowners, putting up signs, brushing trails and getting grooming equipment ready. Trails are maintained by clubs across Wisconsin with partial funding provided by the registration fees paid each year for snowmobiles, ATVs and UTVs. Clubs supplement this funding with local fundraisers to meet the total cost of keeping the trails in the great condition riders expect.

All clubs are volunteer groups and are always looking for new members.

You may ask why you should join a club? First, it is a lot of fun interacting with others who share your passion for motorized recreation. You also get to join your voice with the club and state organizations who work hard to keep trails open as anti-motorized groups push to achieve their goals.

Representing the snowmobile sport here in Wisconsin is the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC) and on the ATV/UTV side there is the Wisconsin ATV/UTV Association (WATVA). Both work with clubs and members to convince our legislators at the local, state and national levels that snowmobilers and ATV and UTV owners have or should have equal rights under the law and that our recreational endeavors are compatible with other users.

Prospective club members often ask how involved they have to be if they join. The easy answer is that you can be as involved as you want to be. Some club members may brush trails, run grooming equipment, help with fundraisers or hold leadership positions. Others just want to be social members who participate in the fun activities. Clubs fully recognize that folks lead busy lives and can't always be as active as they would want. As mentioned above just the sheer numbers of those involved in club activities is important to our legislators. There is a bit of the old 'squeaky wheel get the grease' saying that applies here.

The Oconto County Snowmobile Alliance consists of 9 clubs including the Oconto Falls Snow Jokers, Bagley & Brazeau Joyriders of Klondike, Chase Sno-Chasers, Gillett Sno & ATV Riders, Lena Snow Drifters, Chute Pond Snowmobile Club, Paul Bunyan Riders of Lakewood and Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club of Townsend. The Iron Snowshoe Snowmobile Club of Marinette County also belongs to the Alliance as they have trails coming into the eastern side of Oconto County. These clubs spend nearly 10,000 volunteer hours each year preparing, brushing and grooming the 475 miles of trail in the county.

ATV and UTV Clubs in Oconto County include the Dusty Trails ATV Club in Mountain, Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club in the Lakewood/Riverview/Doty area, Crooked Trail Riders ATV Club in Crooked Lake and the Oconto Area ATV Club in Oconto. Red Arrow in Townsend and Gillett Snow and ATV riders in Gillett are year round clubs that have members who either snowmobile or ATV and UTV and some who enjoy both. These clubs are responsible for about 450 miles of interconnected summer trails and routes. Overall coordination of the county wide trail systems is the responsibility of the Oconto County Parks and Recreation Department.

Both Snowmobile and ATV and UTV trail systems connect to adjoining counties including Marinette, Forest, Langlade and Florence and there is direct access to Michigan trails via the Nicolet State Recreational Trail.

More information about obtaining trail maps, the individual clubs and links to their websites can be found here. Again, we encourage you to join a club and get involved. We are only a 'round trip tank of gas' away from Green Bay and the Fox Valley and less than three hours from the Milwaukee area making Oconto County an ideal 'up-north' riding destination. Even if you don't ride a sled, ATV or UTV but own a business or just want to get involved we welcome your assistance. Check the website for the club nearest you and volunteer to join or help … either financially or with your time.

John Brantmeier

Thanks for your support and see you on the trail!

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Fall 2014 Trail Tales Delay

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We would like to give our members an update on the current edition of our printed publication, Trail Tales.

As some of you might have realized, it's running a little behind. This summer, we moved production and printing of our magazine to an in-house solution. As we wrapped up the design work and started printing the publication, we encountered a few technical problems with our new production printer. Without getting into too much detail, these problems have set back our release date of the printed version. However, for this issue only. we are making it available to download on the Google Play store for FREE! If you would like to read the current edition, please check out this link below: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Wisconsin_ATV_UTV_Association_WATVA_Trail_Tales_Fa?id=kZdKBQAAQBAJ

We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused, but rest assured we will get the magazine out the door!

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Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club hosts 2nd Annual Booyah Event

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On Saturday October 11th Red Arrow will host its 2nd Annual Fall Family Fun Day/ Booyah Party at the Old Town Hall Sports Bar & Restaurant in Townsend. This will be a full day of activities starting with a club meeting at 11AM that is open to all snowmobile and ATV/UTV enthusiasts. At noon there will be an approximately 2 hour long ATV/UTV trail ride that is also open to any rider. Remember that anyone under age 18 must wear a helmet to ride legally anywhere in Wisconsin and all ATV and UTV adult riders are highly encouraged to wear one.

At 2PM the fun really starts at the Old Town Hall with DJ Music, Meat Raffles, Door Prizes, a Kids Bounce House, Horseshoe and Volley Ball Tourneys and of course lots of refreshments and food served by the Old Town Hall staff. Later in the afternoon the Booyah will be ready and towards evening a bonfire will round out the day long fun.

All proceeds from this event will go towards a new piece of trail leveling equipment to help maintain ATV/UTV trails in the Townsend area. Red Arrow is responsible for about 65 miles of snowmobile trail and about 15 miles of ATV/UTV trails including the Nicolet State Recreational Trail thru Townsend.

Come by ATV, UTV, car, truck, van or motorcycle….everyone is invited to attend this great “Family Friendly” event. The Old Town Hall Sports Bar & Restaurant is located right on Highway 32 on the south side of Townsend. Direct ATV/UTV access is available from as far as Gillett, Florence and the Michigan border.

Red Arrow thanks Josh and his team at the Old Town Hall for their strong year round support of the Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club. Further information about Red Arrow can be had by visiting www.redarrowtownsend.com


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Upper Peninsula ORV Trail Development Association Vets "Run for the Colors" ORV Ride

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This Saturday Veterans are going to have the chance to see the beautiful Fall Colors of the Western Upper Peninsula from the seat of a "Side by Side" Off Road Vehicle.  It will be the first Upper Peninsula ORV Trail Development Association/Western UP Trails Association Veterans ORV Ride.  The ride is for all Veterans, whether they have a disability or not.  The ride will depart the Wakefield American Legion at 11:00 am CT.

The ride will go east from Wakefield through the Ottawa National Forest, and return to the Legion for a special Picnic Supper.  During the supper, participants will have a chance to meet and hear from elected legislators and special guests.

The ride supports Veterans Outdoor World, an organization that brings Veterans together by holding hunting and fishing trips.  This will be the organizations first ORV Ride.

With the help of the North Country Snowmobile Club, Superior Snowmobile Club, and Side by Side ORV Owners, Veterans that do not have an ORV will have an ORV to ride in.  This is also Michigan's Fall No ORV Trail Sticker required weekend.

"We have individuals, business's, and even a Snowmobile club from Southeastern Minnesota that are bringing Side by Sides for Veterans to ride in.  All we need and want is for Veterans to show up on Saturday Morning and go on the ride," commented Upper Peninsula ORV Trail Development Association President, Skip Schulz.

Schulz states that any veteran, from any of the branches of service, is welcome.

"Whether you're in the National Guard, you served 2 months or 20 years, it doesn't matter.  The many volunteers on this ride simply wants to show our veterans how much we appreciate their service," Schulz stated.

The picnic dinner is being provided by the Wakefield American Legion and is at no charge.  The ride received the support from Lake States Resource Alliance, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Transportation, and Ottawa National Forest.

Organizers of the ride wants to make this an annual event.

"That is why we really need to get as many Veterans as we can to go on the ride, whether they have their own ORV or will ride in anyone of the many Side by Sides that our volunteers are bringing," concluded Schulz.

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Burnett County Closures

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The Gandy Dancer Trail from Hwy 77 north into Minnesota will be CLOSED from September 15th through November 28th for bridge work.

Trail 8 between Bear Lake Road and Lake 26 Road is closed due to a dangerous washout. Please use town road routes as a detour around this section.

Trail 8 East of Danbury from Airfield Road to Lakes Drive remains closed due to high water. Please use CCC Road as an alternate route until further notice.

Heavy storms went through Burnett County on September 3 with high winds and heavy downpours causing washouts and high water in areas. Please ride slowly through high water as to not promote damage to the trails

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