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 Welcome to our  Red Arrow website!!! 

 This site was updated Sunday July 26th at 7AM

ATV/UTV Trail  Information All area Oconto County ATV/UTV Trails opened  Friday May 1st. Complete trail info is posted on the Red Arrow Trail Reports link above. Postings will be frequent and not tied to the dates of posting on this main site. 

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.

 

Red Arrow Fundraiser Scheduled for This Saturday August 1st

 

2015 07 04  TNT Fundraiser

Come join us this Saturday August 1st for a great afternoon of fun at the TNT Russted Nail. All monies raised will go to help us buy a new ATV Trail drag. Red Arrow is working hard to have the best 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.

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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.

9th Annual Red Arrow Corn Roast & ATV/UTV Parade
Scheduled for Saturday of Labor Day Weekend

Note the banner above for our annual Labor Day weekend Corn Roast & ATV/UTV Parade. mark the date now…Saturday September 5th
at Barb’s Valley Inn just north of Townsend. Free Sweet Corn, DJ Music, Meat Raffles, lot of good food  and a main raffle ticket with over 35 great chances to win. This event is the highlight of the riding season in this part of Wisconsin. Come join us for the parade lining up at 9:30 across from Townsend  Shell. The parade will start at 10:30 and head for the Corn Roast where you can spend the day or check out our great trails for a while and stop back for some refreshments later. Come by Car, Truck, Van, Motorcycle, ATV or UTV. All parts of the day’s fun are open to the public. There will be activities for the kids too. We invite you to come to Townsend the Saturday of Labor Day weekend for a great time in the Northwoods.

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 6 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.

Message from WATVA our state Association for ATVs and UTVs We wanted to reach out to you today to let you know that the regional meeting/ rides are coming up soon. Please take the time to look at the information below and get signed up for the meeting that works for you!

SW Regional Ride & Meeting- Date & Location. Date: June 13th Location: Pineland Camping Park  916 Highway 13, Arkdale, WI 54613  www.pinelandcamping.comHosted by: Monroe Prairie ATV Club    www.monroeprairieatvclub.com Ride begins at 9:00 AM, then returning to Pineland for a lunch meeting starting at 1:00 PM Regional Coordinator: Rob McConnell. 608-273-1285 or robmcconnell.watva@juno.com  Register online at: http://watva.org/bit/sw2015  NE Regional Ride & Meeting- Date & Location. Date: July 18th Location: Riverview Town Hall 15471 Hwy 32, Mountain, WI 54149  Hosted by: Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club  www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com Ride begins at 9:00 AM, the returning to the town hall for lunch starting at 1:00 PM or after lunch. Regional Coordinator: Terry Coplien. 608-963-1457 or therapist@wctc.net Register online: http://watva.org/bit/ne2015  NW Regional Ride & Meeting- Date & Location. Date: August 8th Location: Minong Area ATV & Snowmobile Club   802 Railroad Street, Minong, WI Hosted by: Minong Area ATV & Snowmobile Club    www.minongtrails.com Ride begins at 9:00 AM, then returning to the club house for a lunch meeting starting at 1:00 PM or after lunch. Regional Coordinators: Greg Olson 612-280-1220 or Jeff Jordheim 715-684-9105 both can be reached at nwrwatva@yahoo.com Register online: http://watva.org/bit/nw2015

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!!  

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!!

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