2014 ATV Safety Training Class photo onDNR page link 7/5
Brand new 2014 ATV map PDFs (front and back) added to home page3/12
Link to Lakewood Chamber of Commmerce web site added link 3/12
You Tube Video about Red Arrow History and Trails...scroll down 1/5
Early Fall Newsletter and meeting minutes added to Newsletter page link9/24
Club Meetings and Area Events page updated and link added 10/31
Contact our Club Secretary Kim at email@example.com if you have any questions about club issues or events. See club apparel tab for new order form and additional items
Thanks to Loren Nelson of the Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club for providing this photo taken in the Lakewood area during a club ride on September 27th. it's a great time to come up and ride!!!
Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club held its 2nd Annual Family Fun Booyah Party Saturday, October 11th at Old Town Hall Sports Bar & Restaurant in Townsend. The fun began at 6:00 in the morning when Josh Banie, (owner of Sports Bar) started the fire under the 50 gallon cauldron to begin turning water, chicken, vegetables and the rest of the secret recipe that goes into some of the finest Booyah in N.E. Wisconsin. Shortly after the fire was going, master Booyah chef Holly and her mentor (dad) began to stir the pot. First the chicken went in, then it was chop, chop and the rest of the recipe went in to create the “brew” that would simmer most of the day. The club held a membership meeting at 11:00 AM followed by a trail ride with about 25 ATV/UTV riders at noon. Led by Bruce Ashbaugh riders rode through some of the most scenic and colorful trails in the area. Around 2PM the hungry riders returned to the restaurant to find the aroma of Booyah in the air and the sound of music and meat raffles. As folks walked into the Old Town Hall Sports Bar they were meet by “a little green leprechaun”, who was handing out door prize tickets for the event. Thanks Jeannie Downer for the “wee bit of lick” that left a lot of people feeling lucky when they left at nights end! As they say, “fun was had by all” with the D.J. Music, lots of food and liquid refreshments, free door prizes, raffle winners and a kids bounce house making for a great fall day in northern Oconto County.
All funds raised from the event will go towards the purchase of an ATV drag to keep our trails in the great shape riders expect. Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club would like to thank Josh, Cassie and their team for the venue they provided to help make this event a huge success. And of course, we thank Mike's Supermarket and Townsend Shell for helping to provide raffle prizes as well as all those that came and supported this Booyah fund raising event.
Remember all ATV/UTV trails close in Oconto County at midnight on Friday October 31st. Some area township roads remain open year round so inquire locally for legal riding. Check www.redarrowtownsend.com for up to date club and trail information in the Townsend area.
Friday October 31st Trail Report for Townsend Area
Trails in Oconto County close tonight October 31st at Midnight!!
Come north to enjoy over 475 miles of snowmobile trails in our county along with connectons to surrounding counties and Michigan. Townsend is the epicenter of great riding and about an hour and 45 minutes from Green Bay/Fox Valley. Less than a full tank of gas round trip.
Thanks to everyone who rode our ATV/UTV trails this year. We appreciate you visiting our area and supporting our businesses!!! Our Snowmobile trails are just as much fun and we invite you to come up and ride this winter!!
Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club got approval from the Oconto County Highway Department to use the Blacktop Shoulder on both sides of County F from Country Club Lane (Golf Course) to the Sandtrap Bar & Restaurant. The signs are up and the route is now open. ATV/UTV's must stay on the blacktop shoulder traveling with the flow of traffic on both sides of Highway F. The speed limit along County F shoulder for ATV/UTV's is 20 mph. The Route ends at the Sandtrap Bar & Restaurant. This is a pilot program with Oconto County please pay close attention to the signs and obey the 20 mph speed limit. Please remember the route ends at Sandtrap Bar & Restaurant and does not continue west into Lakewood. The following is the route you would use from Lakewood & the Nicolet State Trail: From the Nicolet State Trail use Gage Lane to North Road, turn left on North Road, turn right onto E. Forester Road, right on Lake John Road follow ATV Route signs to get to Country Club Lane, cross Highway F at Country Club Lane and proceed west to the Sandtrap. Please remember that both sides of the blacktop shoulder from Country Club Lane to Sandtrap are open for ATV/UTV travel, please travel with flow of traffic.
Trail Boss Jeff Kroll hauls our Ultimate tracked groomer in the Townsend 4th of July Parade
One of several member ATV and UTV units in the Townsend 4th of July Parade
Check out this You Tube video that shows the Wabeno High School Band and the Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club units in the Townsend 4th of July Parade. Thanks to all the members who got the units ready and drove in the parade.
New Summer ATV/UTV trails open in Townsend
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 "lower loop" 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.
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.(Aug 1-Oct 31 only...early season riders can backtrack to the new "lower loop" described above and be back to the Nicolet Trail in a few minutes) 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.
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 county highway ditchlines that are marked.
From left to right are club member Clint Aderholdt, winners Jared Demmith and Paula Jo Doyle along with Red Arrow VP Larry Market
Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club recently awarded two $250.00 scholarships to Jared Demmith and Paula Jo Doyle who recently graduated from Wabeno High School. To qualify applicants wrote an essay on outdoor recreation and had to belong to a snowmobile or ATV club.
Jared and his family are active Red Arrow members. Jared was All Conference Defensive Tackle in Football and also involved in Baseball, Weight lifting, Shills USA and the Student Council. He plans to attend Nicolet College this fall and will major in Culinary Arts.
Paula Jo is active with the Blue Ox Riders in Florence County. She lettered in Wrestling Cheerleader/Captain, Cross Country, Varsity Band and medaled in Solo Ensembles. She plans to attend UW-Green Bay majoring in speech pathology.
Congratulations to our award winners...we wish them well as they start their college journey this fall.
The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs has been working for over 10 years to get a snowmobile registation program that gives preference to those of us who belong to local snowmobile club AND AWSC. Finally with the support of the Wisconsin Legislature and Governor Walker a bill has been signed into law that does just that. Commonly refered to as CAP/STEP a new Trail Pass program will favor club members. Please read the two press releases to the right carefully so that you can discuss this new way of doing things to your snowmobile friends. This should be a good way to get those folks to join our club and get involved.
Click above to check out the You Tube Video about about Red Arrow....past and present. Thanks so very much to club member Matt Goodman for putting this together. Townsend is truely the place for great trails and great fun....Come on up and enjoy with us!!! Note: You might be asked by your browser to open in a new window...go ahead and do that and it should pop right up!!
An all new 2014 Oconto County ATV map is 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 most of our sponsor ads on one side and the map, index and a few ads on the front. Come enjoy over 450 miles of well marked and maintained trails bisected by the Nicolet State Recreational Trail. This trail goes north all the way to Michigan on an old railroad grade.
Please supprort the sponsors who make this map possible....thanks and ride safe!!!
Photos needed. Send your photos of Snowmobiling and ATVing in the Townsend area to firstname.lastname@example.org 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