Welcome to our Red Arrow website!!!
This site was updated Sunday October 4th
ATV/UTV Trail Information All area Oconto County ATV/UTV Trails will close October 31st at midnight.
Complete trail info is posted on the Red Arrow Trail Reports link above.
Help Needed for Trail Brushing!!!
We will be brushing trails on Saturdays October 10th and 24th. If you can help please contact Club President Gary Wagner
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-960-6823 to get details on meeting time and areas that will be brushed that day.
This is a big job so please consider giving us a hand one or both of these days.
2nd Annual Fall Booyah Fundraiser
At the Old Town Hall Sports Bar/Restaurant Saturday October 17th
10AM Club meeting followed by 11AM-2PM trail ride
2PM-evening Booyah Party with Meat Raffles, DJ Music and fun for all.
Volleyball Horseshoes Bonfire
The public is welcome to attend any or all of the day’s activities.
This is a family friendly event!!!
Red Arrow Snowmobile Safety Class 2015
Will be held at the Townsend Town Hall on Friday December 11th from 6 pm – 9 pm and Saturday, December 12th from 9 am to 2 pm.
You must attend both classes. Call Bob Grobarchik at 715-276-6917 to register.
9th Annual Red Arrow Corn Roast & ATV/UTV Parade
was a huge success despite near 90 degree weather and high humidity!
Saturday of Labor Day weekend was a great day in Townsend! At 10:30 95 ATVs & UTVs lined up at Townsend Shell to parade north. Bystanders counted well over 150 people taking part as many UTVs had 3 or 4 people on board. The parade headed to Barb’s Valley Inn to help kick off the 9th Annual Corn Roast sponsored by Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club and Barb’s Valley Inn. They were led by Grand Marshall Jim Weyers former Red Arrow Club treasurer and longtime club member. Jim was one of a handful of people who worked with the former Town of Townsend Chairperson Sue Rapp in 2005 to make town roads legal. This action opened the door to many trail and route connections thru the northern part of Oconto County.
Despite the high heat and humidity a huge crowd gathered as the parade arrived. They spent the summer afternoon and evening under a huge tent enjoying meat raffles, DJ music and lots of good food and free sweet corn. At 6PM the raffles were concluded and winners were drawn for the main raffle prizes.
The prize winners were:
GoPro HERO4 Black Edition HD Camcorder & Accessories Dave Hinkens
Stihl BG86 Blower donated by Barb’s Valley Inn Mike Wall
Stihl FS45 Trimmer donated by Barb’s Valley Inn Frank Miller
Air Compressor/Nailer donated by Red Arrow Laura Lawson
ATV Helmet donated by Lakewood Motor Sports Trevor Pelky
CanAm ATV Helmet donated by Antigo Yamaha Richard Geurts
ATV Helmet donated by Fuller Sales & Service Jim Jawort
1 Day snowmobile rental donated by Mountain Sports & Repair Matt Wagner
ATV Gun Boot donated by TA Motor Sports, Francis Creek Dick Hosler
ATV Gun Scabbard donated by Verne’s Antigo Georgia Sulik
ATV Gun Scabbard donated by Verne’s Antigo Robin VanRyzin
ATV Gun Scabbard donated by Verne’s Antigo Bob Fuss
Polaris ATV Helmet donated by Ken’s Sports, Kaukauna Kathy Karagianis
Lodging Package donated by Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel Cindy Peterson
$100 Gift Certificate donated by Maiden Lake Supper Club Bill Van Rossum
One night stay at Mountain Springs Motel & Campground Andrew Greene
One night stay at Trails Motel, Townsend The Beach Club
ATV Goggles donated by Northern Power Sports, Laona Tom Braunreiter
Inflatable ride towable tube donated by Power Service Center Evelyn Zimpelman
$50 Gift Certificate donated by 9 Mile All Sports Resort Larry Rummel
$50 Gift Certificate donated by 9 Mile All Sports Resort Janie Lapacz
$50 Gift Certificate donated by Animal’s Bear Trail Inn Cindy Resler
$50 Gift Certificate donated by Sunset Bar & Grill Scott Teschendorf
$50 Gift Certificate donated by Sunset Bar & Grill Ron Keberlein
$50 Gift Certificate donated by Hillcrest Lodge & SupperClub Jeff Petersen
$50 Gift Certificate donated by Lakewood SuperValu Gisele Nelson
$50 Gift Certificate donated by Lakewood SuperValu Gale Heibling
$50 Gift Certificate partially donated by Mike’s Super Market Peggy Lehrer
$50 Gift Certificate partially donated by Mike’s Super Market Barb Bauknecht
$50 Gift Certificate donated by Pintsch’s Hardware Janet Karls
$50 Gift Certificate donated by TNT Russ-Ted Nail Paul & Cheri Kuske
$50 Gift Certificate donated by Backhaus Sportsman’s Retreat Rob Hoida
$50 Gift Certificate donated by Pichotta’s Pub & Grill Kasey Moynihan
$50 Gift Certificate donated by Anderson’s Supper Club Perry Broe
2 Nights of camping donated by Maple Heights Campground Paul & Eva Kirsch
$50 Gift Certificate by Laona Machine Supply Laura Lawson
Gift package donated by Parsons of Antigo Rick Jasch
Gift package donated by Parsons of Antigo Dianne Diedrich
The Green Bay Packer Autographed Football was won by Ron Nowak of De Pere. Thanks to the Packer organization for providing the football to Red Arrow at no charge.
Club President Gary Wagner wants to express a great big thank you to all those who attended as well as club members and friends who worked so hard to make this a successful event. Also thanks to Rob & Kim Seebers of Townsend Shell for helping organize the parade, and the Townsend Flowage Association for the use of their equipment.
Jim & Barb Majestic, owners of Barb’s Valley Inn again went over the top to provide a great venue. Red Arrow can’t thank them enough for their support of this event and their yearlong support of the club. Look for the bar with the snowmobile (and now ATV) on the roof just north of Townsend. A very nice event profit will help the Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club maintain their record of having some of the finest snowmobile and ATV trails in this part of the state.
Important Trail Notice… The Hemlock Dam Road to Pickeral Lake Road Trail will not open this season on August 1st. Logging operations and road reconstruction on this section of trail prevent opening this year per the National Forest Service. The trail will be open this winter for snowmobiles and next year August 1st for ATVs & UTVs.
ATV Safety Class was held on July 6th and 7th. Click Here to go
to DNR Safety Class page and full information and photos of the class
4th of July Parade was a great way for Red Arrow to show off our
New Tucker Groomer !!!
New Riding opportunities in Forest County this season
The new Nicolet Trail bridge north of Newald is completed and open. All of Sand Lake Road is now opened and signed. Woodlawn Road from the Town of Freedom to Jones Lane and including Jones Lane to Frog Alley is now open and signed. Take the trail behind the Water Tower in Wabeno over to the Roberts Lake are for access. This will also get you to the Wolf River Trail and Crandon. Highway B west from where is was open is now opened and signed to the county line. Highway Q is signed and open.
The Forest County board has approved a resolution to open up all the county highways to ATV/UTV use except for Hwy S where it crosses Hwy 8. They do not want ATV’s crossing Hwy 8 at that intersection. FCATVA has to get them all signed. They will prioritize them then have to order all the signs and posts Do not ride anywhere in Forest County until you see signs up.
The bridge across the Brule River is now completed giving direct access to the Michigan Trail system. It is 61 miles via the Nicolet Trail from Townsend to the gas station on the edge of Iron River. You can stop there to get the required Michigan Trail Pass and get some fuel for riding north of the border.
Red Arrow Meeting Ride and Fundraiser was held Saturday June 13th!
On Saturday June 13th Red Arrow hosted a Club Meeting, Trail Ride, and Pig Roast at the Old Town Hall Sports Bar/Restaurant in Townsend. Open to the public, the event started with a short meeting at Noon followed by an ATV/UTV trail ride on trails north and east of Townsend. At 3PM there were Meat Raffles, D.J. Music, Food, and liquid refreshments well into the evening. A light rain all day forced the fundraising portion of the event inside the Old Town Hall but surely did not dampen the enthusiasm. The place was packed and all present clamored for raffle tickets non-stop resulting in a very successful fundraiser. Thanks to Josh, Cassie and their team for hosting this event and providing the free roast pig sandwiches. Also a big thanks to the Red Arrow members and friends who worked at the event of course to all who attended. All proceeds from this event will go to help fund the purchase of a new trail leveler for the upcoming ATV/UTV seasons. Red Arrow is responsible for about 65 miles of snowmobile trails and about 15 miles of ATV/UTV trails including the Nicolet State Recreational Trail thru Townsend. In addition the Town of Townsend has nearly 90 miles of mostly gravel town roads available for ATV/UTV use. The Old Town Hall Sports Bar/Restaurant is located right on the ATV/UTV Trail in Townsend. Direct ATV/UTV access is available from as far as Gillett, Florence and the Michigan border. Red Arrow thanks Old Town Hall owners Josh and Cassie for their strong year round support of the Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club.
New Tucker Groomer arrives June 11th…only 5 months to snow season
It was a rainy day on Thursday June 11th when our new Tucker Groomer arrived at the Red Arrow garage. Club officers and directors were on hand to greet the driver as the machine was unloaded. Years of saving some of the DNR income we receive along with the profits of Corn Roasts and Fish A Rees were used to make a substantial down payment on the machine. Thanks to Laona State Bank for providing a loan for the balance. Donations to help pay off our loan early would be greatly appreciated and acknowledged.
Trail Pass and Registration fees that you pay provide the funding for our club to keep our snowmobile and ATV/UTV trails in great shape but fundraisers and club dues are needed to close the gap. If you do not belong to a club we would welcome you to join Red Arrow. Click here to go to our membership page.
Red Arrow Annual Meeting Held Saturday May 2nd Red Arrow held its annual meeting Saturday May 2nd. Highlights included several updates to the by-laws and elections for several officer positions. Gary Wagner was elected to take Joe Kampf”s job as President. Larry Market remains as first vice-president. Carl Christensen replaces Tim Brooks as 2nd vice president and Terry DeMoulin remains club treasurer. Kim Weinreich remains as administrative secretary , the new position of membership secretary will be filled by Kathy James and Jeff Kroll remains Trail Boss. Dave Hinkins was elected to the open Director position while Ron Popp and Chip Mauel retained their board seats. Past President Joe Kampf will serve on the board as our fourth director. Congratulations to our new Red Arrow leadership team. With year round trails to administer, multiple fundraisers yearly and lots of meetings and fun activities these jobs take a big time commitment. Thanks to everyone listed above for helping Red Arrow grow.
Contact new club President Gary Wagner for club related activities. Gary can be reached at 920-960-6823 or email@example.com A full list of officer contact info is available by clicking here
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you think and offer suggestions. Thanks for visiting Red Arrow!!!
Oconto County ATV/UTV Maps are available now 2015 ATV/UTV maps are available now by sending $3.00 ($2.00 is for postage and handling) and mailing information to Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club, P. O. Box 248, Townsend, Wi 54175 or for $1.00 by stopping by area businesses in the Townsend area. 2016-17 Snowmobile maps will be available in October.
Link to Lakewood Chamber of Commerce web site link
Check our business booster page… click here to link to that page for places to stay, eat and have some liquid refreshments…..ride sober….ride safe!!
Click link below to check out the You Tube Video about about Red Arrow ….past and present. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKZ7iCjYwFM Thanks so very much to club member Matt Goodman for putting this together. Townsend is truly 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!!
Nicolet State Recreation Trail is huge Asset to our area!!
Sometimes we take this great resource for granted. Word is that soon we will be able to ride directly to Michigan across the Brule River. Right now you take a detour over the bridge at Pantoga and then back to Iron River and hit Michigan Snowmobile Trail 2. A very scenic tour. Don’t forget that you have to buy a Michigan Trail Pass to ride legally in the UP!! 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. As of the winter of 2015-16 the trail goes directly to Iron River Michigan via a new bridge across the Brule River. Only 61 miles from Townsend to Iron River makes for an easy ride but you need a Michigan Trail Pass to legally operate your snowmobile, ATV or UTV in Michigan. 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.