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 https://www.fs.usda.gov/cnnf. 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: https://www.bigsnow.com/

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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Polaris Donates More Than $110,000 to Off-Road Organizations with T.R.A.I.L.S Grants

MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (June 8, 2020) – Today, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII), announced it donated more than $110,000 to off-road and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) organizations across the United States as part of its ongoing T.R.A.I.L.S Grant Program. The 12 nonprofit organizations that were awarded a Spring 2020 T.R.A.I.L.S grant received awards ranging from $3,500 to $10,000. The grants will support the development, improvement and expansion of trails, and help educate riders on safe and responsible riding practices. "These local organizations and clubs are made up of passionate volunteers and riders who love our sport – they are truly the lifeblood of the off-roading community with a genuine desire to help create a safe and enjoyable experience for all those looking to get out and ride," said Steve Menneto, president of Off-Road at Polaris. "The T.R.A.I.L.S Grants Program is our way to help support their efforts and show our appreciation for their passion and dedication."

The Spring 2020 T.R.A.I.L.S Grants recipients are:

  • Exeter Explorers ATV Club (Exeter, Maine)
  • Garland Trail Hawks ATV Club (Garland, Maine)
  • Roxbury ATV Riders Club (Roxbury, Maine)
  • Upper Peninsula Recreational Off-Road ATV Riders (Kingsford, Michigan)
  • Trail Prospectors Alliance (Ely, Minnesota)
  • Range Trail Committee (Virginia, Minnesota)
  • Ephratah ATV Trail Monitors (Johnstown, New York)
  • Pennsylvania ATV Trail Development Corporation (Wampum, Pennsylvania)
  • Vermont ATV Sportsmans Association Inc (Barre, Vermont)
  • Southwest Recreation Regional Authority (SRRA) DBA Spearhead Trails (Coeburn, Virginia)
  • Baraboo Bluffs ATV/UTV Club Inc. (Baraboo, Wisconsin)
  • Nokomis ATV Club (Heafford Junction, Wisconsin)

"Now more than ever, our riding community is looking to the outdoors for a fun escape and off-road riding is an experience that can be enjoyed while still allowing people their space in these uncertain times," said Nick Wognum, president of the Prospectors Trail Alliance. "In partnership with two other clubs, the Prospectors Alliance helps manage more than 250 miles of Minnesota's trail system. We are already seeing more and more riders out on the trails as the weather gets nicer and thanks to Polaris this grant will enable us to help keep the trails properly maintained, well-marked, and clear of obstacles."

Since its inception in 2006, Polaris' T.R.A.I.L.S Grants program has provided funding to national, state and local organizations in the United States to help support the future of ATV, snowmobiling and off-road riding. The T.R.A.I.L.S Grant program covers two main objectives: promoting safe and responsible riding and supporting environmental preservations and trail access. Organizations may use funds from the grant to increase and maintain land access through trail development, maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, and other projects.

To date, the program has supported 305 ATV, off-road and snowmobiling organizations with more than $2.6 million in grants. Visit the T.R.A.I.L.S Grant program website for more information and to apply for a future grant.

About Polaris

As the global leader in Powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2019 sales of $6.8 billion, Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER, RZR and GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris' presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. www.polaris.com.

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