45 YEARS OF SERVICE TO SNOWMOBILE AND ATV/UTV RIDERS IN NORTHERN OCONTO COUNTY 1968-2013 Best Trails in this part of Wisconsin Right on the Nicolet State Recreational Trail!!!
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39th Annual Fish A Ree info added to Fish A Ree page link 2/10
Link to Wisconsin Tourism Snow Trail info added to home page 12/10
December Newsletter and November minutes added to Newsletter page link12/6
Area events updated on Meetings/area events page link12/6
Snow season updates added to home page 12/6
Snowmobile Trails Report added to home page 12/6
Bonfire in the Woods date changed to Sat Jan 18th link 11/25
Welcome new Business Booster Lakewood Auto Saleslink11/14
December Club meeting scheduled for December 11thlink11/14
Upcoming Club Meetings and Events page updated and link added 10/29
Brand new Oconto County Snowmobile Map info 10/16
Contact Club Secretary Mary Stehula at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about club issues or events. See club apparel tab for new order form and additional items
Hip Hip Horray...Hope the snow is here to stay!!
Our John Deere tractor all chained up and raring to go! We use this 8 foot drag to get the season started and then switch over to a 10 foot "fold-up" drag that is a twin to the one on our Ultimate tracked vehicle.
This "Bad Boy" Ultimate Groomer will go thru the deepest drifts and pulls a 10 foot Ultimate "fold-up" drag thru the beautiful trails surrounding the Townsend area.
12/10 Update on Snowmobile Trail Report for Townsend Area
Only a couple of inches of fluffy snow this week. Clubs in area are talking about "panning" the little base we have but trails will not be open for this weekend....sorry but stay tuned!!
We just got 4-5 inches of heavy wet snow this week. Not enough to start grooming but surely gets the juices flowing. Will post updates as soon as things change. The good news is this really cold spell will force the frost deep into the ground and help hold the base once we get going. ...Stay tuned!!!
Click the link below to get current snow conditions all over the state of Wisconsin
The Wisconsin DNR has published some information for out of state riders as well as a list of fines for breaking Wisconsin Snowmobile Laws. Take time to read the file on the right before you ride...it might save you a lot of money!!!
Photo taken 12/5/2013 facing the Townsend Flowage. Lake is frozen over but not yet safe for venturing out on the ice. Ready to go as soon as mother nature lays down another layer of snow.
Red Arrow members led by Vice-President Tim Brooks take a break while brushing trails on Saturday November 9th. Yes that is real snow on the ground! Photo submitted by Larry Chaplin. All photos will be considered for publication on this site.
Great article by free lance writer Mike Carr about his ride in Northern Oconto County in 2010. Very little has changed on our trail system since this artice was printed. Reprinted from the March 2010 Illinois Snowmobiler with permission from Midwest Sports Publishing Network (MSPN).
The Oconto County ATV/UTV Trail System (which includes the Nicolet State Trail) will closed at midnight on October 31st. Any routes in the Nicolet National Forest are also closed as of November 1st. Most Town Roads in the Townships of Townsend, Mountain, Lakewood, Riverview & Doty are open year round for ATV/UTV use. Watch for some roads marked closed. County and State Highways are not legal except in a few ditchlines that are marked.
An all new Oconto County Snowmobile map is now available at many locations around the county. Take a peek at our county wide trail system by opening the PDF files on the right. The map is two sided with the southern part of the county on one side and the north on the other. Come enjoy over 475 miles of well groomed trails bisected by the Nicolet State Recreational Trail. This trail goes north all the way to Michigan on an old railroad grade.
Red Arrow is proud to announce a new snowmobile and ATV/UTV trail that connects the Nicolet State Recreational Trail to Spring Lake Road. Just after you cross Hwy 32 at Barb's Valley Inn take a right and follow the signs. This new 2 mile segment comes out on Spring Lake Road just beyond the base of Wildwood Trail. You can go left and get back to the Nicolet Trail via Wildwood or go right and follow Spring Lake Road to Hemlock Dam Road, turn left and come to the other new trail below.
Also, after 3 years of planning the snowmobile trail from Hemlock Dam Road to Pickerel Lake Road is now legal for ATV & UTV use from August 1st to October 31st each year. The late opening is due to concerns about hawks nesting along the route. This is considered a Route because it is also open to Highway Legal Vehicles so be aware of cars and trucks but it is a very nice 3 mile “trail” in the true sense of riding the woods.
For a very nice ride take the Nicolet Trail up to Wildwood Trail and follow Spring Lake Road to Hemlock Dam Road and turn left. Follow Hemlock Dam until you see a choice of left or ahead. Take a few minutes to go left on the dead end to the river for a very nice view. Then turn around and go back to Hemlock Dam but turn left and follow the signs on the new trail over to Pickerel Lake Road. Turn right on Pickerel Dam Road and follow it to Gluckie Lake Road and turn left. Follow Gluckie Lake Road to Binder Lake Road and turn right. Binder Lake Road comes out just east of the Townsend Town Dump so take a left on Village View so you have two choices. Follow it left around to the Nicolet Trail by the Ambulance Garage and back to Townsend via the Nicolet Trail. This is an all gravel and dirt ride except for a short stretch of Village View. Or if you go right you ride the blacktop from the dump to the Nicolet Trail across from Powers boat dealership.
Photos needed. Send your photos of Snowmobiling and ATVing in the Townsend area to email@example.com and we will consider using them on this site. We can use scenery and people having fun while on the trail. Photo credit will be given if you ask for it.
Red Arrow is a long time 100% AWSC club and supports its efforts to promote safe, responsible snowmobiling
Red Arrow proudly supports the efforts of the Oconto County Tourism group to promote visitors to Oconto County
Red Arrow is a member of and supports the goals and objectives of the Wisconsin ATV Association
Sometimes we take this great resource for granted. Word is that next winter we will be able to ride directly to Michigan across the Brule River
Townsend is one of the highest elevation areas in Wisconsin and that helps us keep our snow!!! The Carter hills between us and Carter are 1,781 feet above sea level vs Oconto at 530 feet...it does make a difference. The highest range is just northwest of us in Forest County at Sugerbush Hill...that area is 1,939 feet above sea level. Kent Tower Hill in Langlade County is 1,903 feet. Information from the new Wisconsin Blue Book published recently.
Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club Inc. was founded 45 years ago in 1968 during the very early days of Snowmobiling. Early club founders established a trail system utilizing old logging roads and rail spurs in the Nicolet National Forest. These trails were connected by utilizing the old railroad grade (now Nicolet State Trail) that runs south to north thru Oconto County and provided winter snowmobile access to connecting trails in Langlade County and Forest County as well as all over the state of Wisconsin. Most of those same snowmobile trails are in place today and are maintained regularly by Red Arrow.
In 2007 Red Arrow voted to add ATV trail responsibility in the Townsend area. At that time the Town of Townsend made most town roads (not Hwy 32 or County T)legal year round for ATV travel and asked the club to help with safety training and help patrol the roads for "bonehead" riders. More recently the towns of Doty, Lakewood and Riverview have allowed ATV/UTV access on some roads during the summer ATV/UTV season. The club is currently working with the National Forest Service to add additional trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Red Arrow welcomes all Snowmobile and ATV/UTV enthusiasts visiting our area and invites them to join our club. We understand that not everyone can be active but we need your financial support if you ride our trails. Townsend has become a year around hub for ATV/UTV and snowmobile activity. From our area you can literally ride anywhere in rural Wisconsin or the UP via snowmobile. The Nicolet State Trail thru Townsend is now legal for Snowmobiles and ATV's and UTV's (May 1st-Oct 31st) all the way from south of Gillett to the Michigan border and beyond.
Townsend is located on Hwy 32 about 90 miles north of Green Bay and the Fox Cities. You will pass thru Gillett, Suring, Chute Pond, Mountain and Lakewood as you head towards Townsend. Carter (home of the Potawatomi Carter Casino and Hotel) is located about 5 miles north of Townsend with Wabeno and Laona further north. Come visit us.....we are located right in the center of some of the best snowmobiling and ATV/UTV riding in Wisconsin.
Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club Inc. P. O. Box 248, Townsend, Wi. 54175