August Recap- NW Regional Meeting & Ride & Trail Ambassador Training

As captured in our last e-newsletter, the August 15th regional event is still on. Our thanks to the Rusk Riders ATV Club for lining up the outdoor pavilion in the Village of Weyerhaeuser as our host club. The shelter will provide shade but still give us ample room to comply with distancing health recommendations as we gather. More details are provided:

Saturday, August 15th - Northwest Regional Meeting, followed by an optional group trail ride afterward

Registration starts at 8:30 AM with the meeting scheduled to get underway at 9:00 AM.

Village of Weyerhaeuswer Community Park pavilion located at 358 County Road F in Weyerhaeuswer

The meeting agenda will include statewide updates from the WATVA leadership team followed by important regional, statewide or local issues you bring forward.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, we ask that you bring your own chairs. We'll have some seating there but highly encourage you to bring your own. Speaking of bringing your own, this year we also ask attendees to bring their own bag lunches, especially if you intend to join the optional trail ride afterward.

To recap, here's the list of what to bring:

1) Yourself, friends or family who are interested in sharing and learning about our sport
2) Chairs for yourself
3) An open mind, plus thoughts, questions, or ideas you'd like to discuss
4) Your own bag lunch if you choose to stay for the ride or mingle with attendees afterward
5) Your own machine and safety gear if you want to enjoy the group ride

August Trail Ambassador Training Schedule

There's never been a better time to consider being a Trail Ambassador. With all the new riders and heavy traffic this year, our sport needs many eyes and ears out on the trails and routes to help educate and share the correct information with the riders. At the same time, we can assist our law enforcement professionals in very important ways.

Our Trail Ambassador training program provides our dedicated volunteers with the tools, process, and information necessary to instill confidence for our ambassador teams out on the miles of routes and trails.

New Trail Ambassador potential applicants can view our website for more details and expectations and requirements at

For new Trail Ambassador's, you must first take part in the classroom webinars from the comfort of your own home or office, on the evenings of August 19th & 20th, starting at 6:00 PM. A good internet connection with microphone and speakers are required.

To complete the trail ambassador certification training, a hands-on, field day training will be taking place on Saturday, August 22nd. Also note other prerequisites on the web site. You will need to bring your own machine and safety gear for this session, we will be riding as part of the field day exercise. The location for this field day training is the Embarrass River ATV Park in Tigerton, located about 40 minutes from Wausau or 30 minutes from Shawano. Start time will be 10:00 AM.

If for personal scheduling reasons you can make the webinar classroom evenings but not the August 22nd field day training, we'll be scheduling more field days as the year goes on. Feel free to get the classroom training out of the way if your schedule works out that way.

For "already certified Trail Ambassadors", if you'd like to attend our field day training on August 22nd as a refresher course for yourself, send us an email so we plan accordingly, using our general communication center email address of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (920) 783-6890.

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Flambeau Trail Update

7-20-2020 – Crews were able to check some sections of the Flambeau trail after the recent storms over the past weekend and the trails were in great condition. There is some water on portions of the trail on the 118G-102 but is passable. With the rain there is limited dust on the trails. For information on any recreational opportunities on the forest please visit If any issues or concerns are found on the trails please contact Brady Howe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 715-762-5104.

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Big Snow Resort - Free 1 Night ATV Lodge for WATVA Members

The Big Snow Resort in Upper Michigan is offering a free 1 night ATV Lodging exclusively for WATVA members. More information about Big Snow can be found here:

Please present WATVA membership card at check-in. 

Additional nights available from $68.00.

Offer expires October 31st 2020. Subject to availability.

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Flambeau Trail Update

On Monday, June 29 USFS crews will begin replacing the culvert on Clover Creek on trail 118C-101. The trail will be temporarily closed during construction which is scheduled to be completed on July 2. Please observe the closure and stay out of the work area to keep everyone safe. A temporary detour will be marked on the trail during this time.

Today crews also checked multiple segments of trails for any trees or erosion issues from the recent weather events. Trails are in great shape with minimal dust! Should be a great weekend to ride. 

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Rice Lake looks to expand ATV/UTV access

Rice Lake officials are considering opening more streets to ATV/UTV traffic.

At its June 23 meeting the City Council voted to create a plan designating what streets will be open to ATVs.

Currently, ATVs are allowed on only some sections of Pioneer Avenue, South Street, Macauley Avenue, North Street and Lakeshore Drive.

As ATV/UTV trail riding increase in popularity, more local communities have expanded street access to riders in recent years.

Pete Schneider, president of the Rice Lake Snow & Dirt Club, said the club would like to see the City adopt state guideline on ATV routes, with a level of access similar to other local communities.

More than a dozen people spoke during public comment, encouraging more access to streets.

Many said it was burdensome to have to trailer their ATVs a short distance just to access the Wild Rivers Trail. Many also argued that more access would boost tourism to hotels, restaurants, bars and other businessses.

"Rice Lake serves as more of a complement of convenience, rather than a destination," said Rice Lake resident Shawn McKeever.

He said that Rice Lake is missing out on economic impact, being "a cornerstone of several great trail systems."

Bob Moullette and Nicky Repka, respresenting Rice Lake Tourism Commission, said the commission favored expanding ATV access in Rice Lake.

Repka said that because so many events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, Rice Lake Tourism is marketing more local recreational opportunities, including ATV/UTV trail riding.

Chip Lewis, owner of Airtec Sports, said the presence of four ATV/UTV dealerships in Rice Lake was representative of their popularity.

"It's kind of a big thing here. You can travel all over Wisconsin from this point," said Lewis.

The issue was brought to the Council in by Alderman Todd Larson and Doug Edwardsen, both of whom said they are not ATVers but support expanded routes.

"I'd like people to have access without having to trailer half a block or having to confess driving down an alley," said Larson.

Alderman Harlan Dodge questioned if a city of Rice Lake's size should be compared to nearby smaller communities when it comes to ATV routes.

"I think we need to watch what roads we open, and how (ATVs) cross Main Street," said Dodge. "We want to have what's safest for ATV users and auto users."

Originally Story at the link below.  

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