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Welcome to our  Red Arrow website & Happy Thanksgiving
From Townsend!!!

 This site was updated Monday November 23rd

All area Oconto County ATV/UTV Trails closed for the season October 31st at midnight.
Thanks to everyone who came North to ride with us this season. Snowmobile Trails
will be open soon. Check here for trail opening date. It is not legal to ride our trails before
they are officially open!
Complete trail info is posted on the Red Arrow Trail Reports link above. 

Winter here we come!!!

Winter here we come!! Just in case you can’t remember how winter looks in Townsend here is a peek of a fresh snowfall before the groomers hit the trails.

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.
Note..Anyone born on or after January 1st, 1985 must take this class to ride legally in Wisconsin.
If you allow riders born since this date to ride your sleds you may be at legal risk!!

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!!

 Click here to go to the online version of our brand new Oconto County Snowmobile Map.
This new map features our Countywide renumbering system. you will now see signs with 3 digit locator numbers as well as GPS coordinates. This combined with an effort to mark all road crossing in the county will make it much easier for emergency services to find you. Remember..watch the signs and know were you are. It could save your or a buddies life!

Red Arrow November/December Meeting Info

The November monthly meeting was held at 7:00PM on November 11th, at the Backwoods Pub and Grill,
Thanks to the Backwoods staff for hosting us. Minutes of the meeting will be forthcoming. Our December Meeting will be at Harry & Laurie’s
in downtown Townsend at 7PM on Wednesday December 9th,

Annual Red Arrow Christmas Party Information

Saturday January 9th  Annual Red Arrow Christmas Party. Waubee Lake Lodge.
2015 10 24 2016 Christmas Party Invitation Use this link to print out an invitation with all
the details about the Annual Christmas Party. Join your fellow club members for an evening of fun and a great buffet dinner!!

2015 10 31 Dinner at AWSC Convention

Red Arrow Officers and Board members attended the AWSC Convention in Appleton
on  Saturday October 31st. There was a full day of meetings, workshops and a dinner to
where the new Miss Snowflake was picked. The major topic of the day was the new Trail Pass program.
Over 14,000 passes have been issued but that leaves about 200,000 to go. Don’t wait to get your passes.
If you do it now you will have them in a few days. AWSC staff said they cannot estimate how long it will take
once the snow starts coming down. Remember you can only get the $10.00 discounted pass from the AWSC office.
If it snows and you want to ride you will have to buy the full $30.00 pass from vendors.


Kroll Excavating was hired by Red Arrow to install the new culverts

Kroll Excavating was hired by Red Arrow to install the new culverts


Culvert installed across from Karla's Country Kitchen

Culvert installed across from Karla’s Country Kitchen

After a lengthy permit process with the DOT Red Arrow finally installed badly needed culverts in the ditchline across from Karla’s Country Kitchen and the Golden Eagle Pizza businesses. The club hired local contractor Jeff Kroll to do the work and also paid for the culverts. Club money from event fundraisers made this possible. Both snowmobile and ATV/UTV access to these businesses and nearby streets will be much safer going forward.

Click our business booster page… click here    to link to places to stay,
eat and have some liquid refreshments…..ride sober….ride safe!! 


2015 10 24 Tourism text for trail updates


Get text updates on Snowmobile and ATV/UTV Trails
direct from Oconto County Tourism by texting 36000 and entering the
message Tourism. There is no charge for this service provided
by Oconto County and the Snowmobile and ATV Clubs
in the county who maintain over 475 miles of Snowmobile
trails and approximately 450 miles of ATV/UTV trails and routes.


   2nd Annual Fall Booyah Fundraiser 

2015 1 03 Booyah event poster

                            Was held at  the Old Town Hall Sports Bar/Restaurant Saturday October 17th
A 10AM Club meeting followed by 11AM-2PM trail ride was followed by the
2PM-evening Booyah Party with Meat Raffles, DJ Music and fun for all. Volleyball, Horseshoes, and  Bonfire activities were also part of the days fun! Thanks to Josh and his team for inviting Red Arrow to join his event with a meat raffle fundraiser. Funds raised will go towards the purchase of a new ATV/UTV trail drag.




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.


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 !!!

2015 07 04 Red Arrow members in parade with helmets

Red Arrow Members showed off their ATVs and UTVs in the 4th of July Parade in Townsend.

2015 07 04 Larry driving John Deere with helmet on

Club Vice-President Larry Market drove our John Deere in the parade. He was having a little fun wearing a helmet to the delight of the huge crowd.


Our John Deere came decorated with a huge eagle attached to the dirt bucket on the front of the machine.

2015 07 04 New Tucker longer view

The highlight of the Red Arrow parade entry was the debut of our new Tucker Snowmobile Trail Groomer. Driving it in the parade is Gary Wagner, Red Arrow President and his wife Sandy is along for the ride. Sandy is the club Membership Secretary. The Tucker cost over 200,000.00. That is a lot of Corn Roasts and Fish A Rees. Thanks to all the members and those in the community who support our fundraising efforts.

New Tucker Groomer arrives June 11th…only 5 months to snow season

Dave Hinkins and Gary Wagner study the 3 inch think owners manual for the new Tucker Groomer.

Dave Hinkens and Gary Wagner study the 3 inch thick owners manual for the new Tucker Groomer.

Club officers gather in front of the new Tucker Groomer shortly before it was unloaded.

Club officers gather in front of the new Tucker Groomer shortly before it was unloaded.

Club President Gary Wagner (R) and immediate Past President Joe Kampf pose with the new Tucker Groomer

Club President Gary Wagner (L) and immediate Past President Joe Kampf pose with the new Tucker Groomer

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 garywagner577@gmail.com A full list of officer contact info is available by clicking here

E-mail  jbrantmeier@athenet.net 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.

 Johnny Blood Club event photos added to Johnny Blood page (click here for link)  3/30/2015

 2015 Oconto County ATV Map page (link here) added 2/19/2015

Business Booster Page updated (link here)  4/20/15

Link to Lakewood  Chamber of Commerce web site link 

Contact our Club Secretary Kari  at  karihinkens@hotmail.com  if you have any questions about club issues or events.

See club apparel tab for new order form and additional items (link here)

 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!!  


  Nicolet State Recreation Trail is huge Asset to our area!!

750_2011_07_19_Nicolet_Trail_descriptionSometimes 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.

Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club Inc.
P. O. Box 248, Townsend, WI. 54175