Newsletter

The Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club puts out 3 newletters one in June, one in
August and one in October. The newsletter will be published after each
one of our 3 yearly membership meetings. Thanks.

NEWSLETTER #3, 2016

MEMBERSHIP MEETING, ELECTIONS, CLUB RIDE AND CLUB COOKOUT:  Our last membership meeting of 2016 was held on Saturday September        24th at the Firelite Lounge in Lakewood WI.  We had a total of 47 members and guest in attendance.  We held our annual elections with the following results:  Shawn Fidler President, Loren Nelson Vice President, Tom Siudzinski Treasurer, Jim Wisneski Secretary, Dawn Schmoker Membership Secretary, Dave Pitterle, Gene Dunsirn, Jim Schommer, Tim Stephani, Mike Richling, & Brian Fitzpatrick as Board of Directors.  Kathy Steinbach was elected as an Honorary Board Member.  After the meeting we left the Lakewood Trailhead on our way to Crooked Lake to join the Dusty Trails ATV Club and Crooked Trails ATV Club at their end of the year Poker Run.  We had 22 ATV’s/UTV’s and 38 riders.  The Kettle Moraine ATV Club also joined us for the meeting, ride and cookout.  We ended back at the Lakewood Trailhead after a very enjoyable ride, with beautiful weather and with all rider’s accounted for.  Our club cookout started after we returned right at the Lakewood Trailhead with food, refreshments & fun.  The best part was the interaction with our members and the members from the Kettle Moraine ATV Club.  You can view pictures of the day’s event on our website at: www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.

FOREST SERVICE REPORT:  Just an update on our clubs effort in trying on getting a route from the Boulder Lake Area over to the Wolf River Trails.  We are working with the White Lake Club and based on what they have reported all the land easments are in place along with permission from the WI DOT to use the Highway 64 bridge in Langlade to cross the Wolf River.  Our club and the Red Arrow Club are working with the Forest Service to use the current snowmobile trail from Traxel Point Road over to Killian Road.  The Forest Service is in progress of doing their required studies.  Our club has submitted a grant request for $20,000.00 dollars to make improvements to this trail prior to opening it to ATV’s/UTV’s.  We should find out this week if that grant will be approved.  We will keep you informed as we move forward with this project.

2016 CLUB ACCOMPLISHEMENTS:  We are getting toward the end of another ATV/UTV Season (remember Oconto County Trails close October 31st) and thought we would list our 2016 club accomplishments:  Opened a route from the Nicolet State Trail by Anderson Lake over to the Township of Doty via Bonita Road and County W (club paid for signs and labor on Hwy W), repaired 2 major washouts on hills between Island Lake Road and Star Lake Road, procurred a grant to fix hills next year between Blue Spruce Road and Hwy T in the Township of Doty, mowed the field on O’Briens Private Property along Highway T and formed 2 way traffic in that area, and brushed ATV trails and Routes on 2 occassions.  The following is a list of Donations our Board of Directors approved (our Board feels that by helping others, it will be returned in numerous ways, along with keeping a positive image of our club):  Lakewood/Townsend Rescue, Mountain, Doty & Riverview Rescue, Oconto River Kids, Lakewood Volunteer Trout Rearing Station, Kids trout tanks in Mountain & Chic’s-4-a-cause.  Without the support we get from our members none of the above could be possible.  The Board of Directors would like to thank all of our members!!!

WISCONSIN ATV ASSOCIATION (WATVA) CALL FOR ACTION:  Our State Organization (WATVA) is in the process of introducing a bill to the State Legislation regarding the Safety Enhancement Grant that was line vetoed by Governor Walker in last year’s budget.  The $300,000.00 grant that was eliminated was money from our ATV Registration that WATVA used to promote and administer our State Trail Patrol Program.  This money was also used to assist the DNR with the Safety Certification Program along with other Safety Programs thru out the state.  None of this $300,000.00 dollars was from the general taxpayers fund.  I have attached information regarding how you can contact your local representative in regards to supporting LRB-4936/P2.  You can contact your state senator and state representative along with Governor’s Walker’s Office.  Please refrerence LRB-4936/P2.

BENEFIT FOR MOUNTAIN/SURING CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS PARTY:  On SaturdayOctober 22nd, seven local business are holding a one-day Poker Run to help support the Mountain/Suring Children’s Christmas Party.  The Poker Run starts at 10:00 am at any of the following businesses:  The School House Bar, Animals Bear Trail Inn, Halfway Bar, Tnt’s Rusted Nail, Pour Haus, Skinny Daves, & Water Edge.  You can ride your ATV to all locations or you can take any other means of transportation.  The Poker Run will end at The School House Bar at 6:00 pm with 7 different chilies to try, along with meat & bucket raffles.  Entry for the day’s event is $10.00 (you can also start getting stamped on Friday October 21st).  All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Christmas Party that will be held in December.

BUSINESS MEMBERS:  A sincere apology to the Northstar  Motel in Lakewood for not including them as one of our business sponsor.  The following is a list of Business Members, please help support their business:  Northstar Motel, Lakewood Hardware, Lakewood Super Vallu, Lakewood Motorsports, Mulligans, The Beach Club, Lakewood Shell, J&J Contracting, Animals Bear Trail Inn, Maple Heights Campground, Echo Valley Campground, Boulder Lake Campground, Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular, O’Neils Halfway Bar, 9 mile Resort, Firelite Bar & Grill, Waubee Lodge, Prospect Bar & Grill, The School House Bar & Grill and The Sandtrap Bar & Grill.

2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS:  The Board of Director’s at their October Meeting will finalize our 2017 Calendar of Events and will mail to all members with the 2017 Oconto County ATV Map in the spring of 2017.

Thanks to all!!!

Jim

NEWSLETTER #2, 2016

MEMBERSHIP MEETING, CASH RAFFLE AND FUND-RAISER:  Our 2nd membership for 2016 meeting was held on SaturdayAugust 20th at 11:00 am at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn.  We had a total of 35 members in attendance.  After the meeting we started our annual fund-raiser from noon to 6:00 pm.  Despite the rainy weather we had our best fund-raiser ever.  The Board of Directors would like to thank all of our members that helped that day, we had over 45 members that helped before, during and after the event.  We started setting up at 9:00 am in the rain and had everything put away by 7:00 pm that evening.  Special thanks to the following:  Paul Bunyan & Firelite Ice for doing our meat raffle (we got thru 101 spins), Animal’s Bear Trail Inn for donation of pulled pork and a case of Vodka, Blue Bunny Ice Cream for the 50 ice cream coupons for the meat raffle, Echo Valley & Schoolhouse for the partial donation for the Gun Raffle, the Packer Organization for the 2015 Autographed Football and the Schoolhouse for the Lounge Chairs.  We would also like to thank all of our members that bought and sold our 175 cash raffle ticket prior to the event.  All 175 tickets were sold well in advance of the drawing that took place at 6:00 PM.  A list of winner’s were emailed to all members and will be published in the Beacon.  Proceeds from the day’s event goes to creating new ATV Trails/Routes, maintaining current ATV/UTV Trails/Routes and insuring all riders with a safe and enjoyable ride in the townships of Doty, Riverview & Lakewood.

MEMBESHIP REPORT:  We have a total of 160 paying members and a total membership of over 300 including spouse and children.  Thank you for being members!!!!

DNR ATV CERTIFICATION CLASS:  On June 28th & June 29th at the Town Hall in Doty we held our annual DNR ATV Certification Class.  We partner each year with the Red Arrow ATV/Snowmobile Club to hold this class.  This year all 30 students passed their exam and received their temporary ATV Certification Card.  A special thanks to the Town of Doty for allowing us the use of their facility.  A picture of the class graduates and instructors were published in the Oconto County Newspapers.  We also have 2 new apprentice instructors from our club, Brian & Diane Fitzpatrick.  The Board of Directors would like to thank them for stepping up to be instructors!!!

LAKEWOOD PARADE:  Our club again participated in the Lakewood Parade on Sunday July 17th.  We had a total of 18 ATV/UTVs in the parade and this year we threw out beads and candy!!!

CLUB ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS YEAR:  The following is some of our club accomplishments this year:  Repaired 2 washouts on hills between Island Lake Road and Star Lake Road in the Town of Riverview, repaired on 3 occassions the washouts between Hwy T & Blue Spruce Road, worked with the Oconto County Highway Department to allow ATV/UTV travel on 1.5 miles of Highway W in the Township of Doty, this allowed riders to get from the Nicolet State Trail by Anderson Lake over to Doty & Langlade County via Bonita Road (the club payed for all signs and the labor to put the signs up), the club payed for and replaced outdated, missing and damaged ATV/UTV signs in the Townships of Doty, Riverview & Lakewood, payed for the chipping and spreading of wood chips along County T,  the club repaired all ATV/UTV crossings with gravel where needed, and built & installed new Kiosk at the corner of Blue Spruce & Mountain Lakes Road.  The Board of Directors continue to attend all necessary meetings to insure that we continue to be successful.

CLUB DONATIONS:  The Board of Directors have approved the following donations this year:  Mountain & Lakewood/Townsend Ambulance, Oconto River Kids Project, Lake John Trout Hatchery Project, Kids Trout Pond at Mountain Town Park and the Town of Doty for use of Building for DNR Certification Course.

FOREST SERVICE REPORT:  We are continuing to work with the Forest Service along with the White Lake ATV Club, Boulder Lake Sno-goers, and Red Arrow ATV/Snowmobile club to open an ATV/UTV Route/Trail from Boulder Lake to Fish Hatchery Road.  The importance of this section is that it will connect us to the Wolf River Trail in White Lake.  The White Lake Club has procurred land easements and DOT approval to use the existing Hwy 64 Bridge in Langlade for crossing the Wolf River.  Our Club has requested a grant in the amount of $25,000.00 from the Forest Service to make necessary repairs on the trail between Boulder Lake and Fish Hatchery Road.  An approval/disapproval of this grant should be made by August 30th.  We will keep you updated.

BUSINESS MEMBERS:  The following is a list of Business Members, please help support their business:  Lakewood Hardware, Lakewood Super Valu, Lakewood Powersports, Mulligans, The Beach Club, Lakewood Shell, J & J contracting, Animals Bear Trail Inn, Maple Heights Campground, Echo Valley Campground, Boulder Lake Campground, Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular, O’Neils Halfway Bar, 9 Mile Resort, Firelite Bar & Grill, Waubee Lodge, Prospect Bar & Grill and the Schoolhouse Bar & Grill.

NEXT MEETING, CLUB RIDE AND CLUB COOKOUT:  Our next membership meeting will be at 10:00 am at the Firelite Lounge on Saturday September 24th, after the meeting we will have a club ride over to Crooked Lake to have lunch at the Poker Run Event that is hosted by Crooked Trails ATV Club and Dusty Trails ATV Club.  After the ride we will host our annual dlub cookout at the Trailhead in Lakewood.  More info to follow.

 

NEWSLETTER #1, 2016

MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND CLUB RIDE:  Our first membership meeting was held on Saturday, June 18th at the Schoolhouse Bar in Downtown Mountain, WI.  We had a total of 34 members in attendance.  The meeting started at 10:00 am with the Pledge and adjourned at 10:45 am.  At 11:00 am we left the Schoolhouse (see pictures on our website at www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com) on our way to Waubee Lodge for lunch.  The owner of Waubee Lodge (Russ) met us and thanked the group for coming for lunch.  The weather was beautiful and we arrived at Waubee at 12:30 for lunch.  After lunch we took a detour on a trail in the Crooked Lake Area which was very wet and fun.  We arrived back at the Schoolhouse Bar at 3:30 pm.  Thanks to Chrissy & Clay from the Schoolhouse for opening early for our meeting and Russ from Waubee for a fantastic lunch!!

MEMBERSHIIP REPORT:  We have a total of 157 paying members and a total membership of over 300.  Thank you all for being members!!!

BRAT FRY:   Our club will be at Lakewood SuperValu next Saturday, June        25th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  If you are in the area please stop and support our club.  Loren Nelson is heading this event and Don Jackson will be doing the cooking again this year!!

DONATIONS:  Our club continues to help support local events and businesses in the area.  This past year the board of directors has approved the following donations:  $250.00 to both the Mountain and Lakewood/Townsend Ambulance, $300.00 to purchase a gun for the Oconto County River Kids (this organization helps terminally ill children with hunting opportunities), $250.00 to the Northern Oconto County Trout Association (this organization opened up the Lakewood Trout Rearing Station, all Trout that are raised are by volunteers and the troute are released in Oconto County), and $100.00 to the Mountain Business Association Kids Fisheree.  Your board of Directors has been very generous to support these events and it helps portray a positive image in our community.

NEW ATV ROUTE AND DONATION:  Our club worked with the Oconto County Highway Department to establish a new route off of the Nicolet State Trail by Chute Pond using Bonita Road, Highway W and Town Roads to connect the southern portion of the Nicolet State Trail over to Doty and Langlade County.  Our club payed for 1/2 of the cost of the signs (Dusty Trails payed 1/2) and installed all of the signs on the Town Roads, we also had to pay the County to install the signs on Highway W.  A local business and members of our club heard about the cost and donated $500.00 to help pay for these expenses.

FOREST SERVICE REPORT:  On Monday June 13th we met at our quarterly forest service meeting and discussed the project connecting the Wolf River Trail at White Lake to Oconto County via the snowmobile trail from Boulder Lake to Langlade.  The FS will be starting a NEPA study of this project and will be going forward with this request.  The White Lake ATV Club has gotten all the written easements from the land owners to get from Fish Hatchery Road over to the Wolf River Trail.  They are also working with the DOT to use the existing bridge at Langlade to cross the Wolf River.  With any luck this connection could be open sometime next year, but no promises!!

MAINTENANCE ON ATV ROUTE:  Our club just finished with the help from our local contractor to repair two washouts on the ATV route between Star Lake Road and Island Lake Road in the Town of Riverview.  We also repaired a washout earlier this spring on the trail between Blue Spruce Road and Highway T in Doty.

DNR ATV CERTIFICATION CLASS:  Our club along with the Red Arrow Club will be holding our annual DNR ATV Certification Class on June 28th & June 29th at the Town of Doty.  Anyone at least 12 years old and born on or after Jan 1, 1988 must have a certificate to drive an ATV.  It is not too late to sign up for the class by visiting the WI DNR Website.

WATVA ANNUAL MEETING:  Tom Suidzinski and I attended the WATVA Meeting in April in Wausau WI.  A few highlights of the meeting are that WATVA has a plan to try to get their Safety Enhancement Grant that the Governor vetoed last year.  More information regarding this will be coming out this fall.  A new UTV law was passed regarding driving a UTV, prior to the change no one under the age of 16 could drive a UTV, the law was changed to allow anyone between 12 to 16 to drive a UTV under 200 cc’s.

LAKEWOOD PARADE:  Our club will again particpate in the Lakewood Parade on Sunday July 17th starting at Noon.  We will line up at the Lakewood Cemetery at 11:30 am.  This year we will have beads again to hand out and parade candy.  We plan on inviting anyone from the Red Arrow Club to ride also.

CASH RAFFLE AND GUN RAFFLE:  We are getting very low on cash raffle ticket for our event on August 20th.  Anyone that would still like to get a $100.00 ticket can contact me, I am pretty sure that these tickets will all be gone by July 1st!!  We also have a gun raffle that started and currently the gun is hanging at the School House Bar until the middle of July and then it will be at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn until the day of our raffle.  The gun is a Savage 308 Bolt Action, with Nixon Scope.  Tickets are $10.00 for one ticket or 3 tickets for $20.00.

FUNDRAISER:  Our main fundraiser is on Saturday August 20th, 2016 from noon to 6:00 pm at Animals Bear Trail Inn on the Corner of Hwy T & 64 in the Town of Doy.  If anyone has not signed up to help and would still like to please contact me at 920-562-7872 or via email.  We will have meat raffles, 50-50 raffles, food, beverages and fun.  We will also have our club clothing for sale that day.  Please mark your calendars!!!

BUSINESS MEMBERS:  The following is a list of Business Members, please help support their Business:  Lakewood Hardware, Lakewood Supervalu, Lakewood Powersports, Mulligans, The Beach Club, Lakewood Shell, J & J Contracting, Animals Bear Trail Inn, Maple Heights Campground, Echo Valley Campground, Boulder Lake Campground, Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular, O’Neils Halfway Bar, 9 mile Resort, Firelite Bar & Grill Waubee Lodge, Prospect Bar & Grill, Sandtrap Bar & Grill and The Schoolhouse Bar &Grill.

NEXT MEETING:  Our next membership meeting will be at 11:00 am on August 20th before our Fundraiser at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn.

Thanks

Jim

 

HIDDEN BEAR TRAIL ATV CLUB 2015 NEWSLETTER – #3

MEMBERSHIP MEETING, CLUB RIDE & CLUB COOKOUT: We held our 3rd and final club meeting on Saturday September 26th at the Firelite Lounge in Lakewood WI at 10:00 am. We had a total of 34 members in attendance. Dave Thomson won the 50-50 raffle for $70.00. At 11:00 am we left the Lakewood Trailhead for our club ride over to Crooked Lake. We had 25 ATV & UTV’s on the ride, with a total of 40 people on the ride. We arrived at Crooked Lake Sportsman park at 1:00 pm and we all had lunch at the Dusty Trails & Crooked Trails Poker Run that was taking place that day. We want to thank both clubs for the excellent food that they served. We left Crooked Lake at 2:00 pm and arrived back at the Lakewood Trailhead at 3:30 pm. The club furnished all the food and drinks for our annual cookout which we had right at the trailhead in Lakewood. We had 50 members at the cookout. All in all it was a very fun day and we could not have asked for any better weather. Thanks to all the members that attened!!!

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: We now have a total of 164 paying members. The Board of Directors would like to thank you!!!

WEBSITE REPORT: Dave Pitterle has now posted pictures of our annual fundraiser that we had in August and also pictures of the club ride and cookout. Please visit our website at: www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com for more club info.

FOREST SERVICE REPORT: Our club is continuing to work with the Forest Service to create more riding opportunities and to insure your safety on the trails that we currently have. Currently our club is working on the ATV trail/route from the Nicolet State Trail over to Doty in widening parts of the trail and repairing wash outs that occur during the year. As I write this newsletter, Oconto County is working on the trail at Highway 32 & Thelen Road, widening the approach and putting in more gravel. Our club obtained a $5000.00 grant from the DNR to complete this work.

NEW OCONTO COUNTY LOCATOR SIGN:
In 2016 when traveling the ATV trails and Snowmobile Trails you will notice a new “three” digit locator sign. This new sign will replace the 2 digit intersection signs that you have seen in the past. The new sign will have a 3 digit number along with a GPS Location Number on the sign. In the past the Oconto County ATV Map and the Oconto County Snowmobile Map each had different 2 digit intersection numbers, with the new map the 3 digit number will be the same for each map. This project was worked on by the Oconto County Trails Committee which our club is part of. The three digit locator numbers will be 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 & 600. The county was divided into 6 parts, the south west part will have the 100 series, southeast will have the 200 series, the middle part of the county will be 300 & 400 series, the northwest part will have 500 series and the northeast part will be the 600 series. If you are riding in Oconto County North of Mountain you will see the 500 & 600 series locator signs. The new maps both snowmobile that will be coming out shortly and the ATV Maps that will be out next spring will have these new numbers please destroy any of your old maps.

NEW ATV ROUTE BONITA ROAD TO MOUNTAIN LAKES ROAD: We have a tenative agreement with Oconto County to use part of Highway W in the Town of Doty to get from Bonita Road to Mountain Lakes Road. We are waiting to get an agreement from Oconto County that our club needs to sign. More info and detailed riding instructions will follow once the agreement is signed. PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL ON HIGHWAY W IN THE TOWN OF DOTY UNTIL THE AGREEMENT IS SIGNED AND WE INSTALL ALL THE SIGNS!!

ELECTIONS: At our membership meeting we had our annual elections for officers and the following were the results: President: Shawn Fidler, Vice President: Loren Nelson, Treasurer: Tom Suidzinski, Secretary: Jim Wisneski, Membership Secretary: Dawn S, Board of Directors: Tim Stephani, Gene Dunsirn, Jim Schommer, Dave Pitterle, Mike Richling & Kathy Steinbach. Congratulations to all!!!

BUSINESS MEMBERS: The following is a list of Business Members, please help support their Business: Lakewood Hardware, Timberline Restaruant, Lakewood Super Valu, Lakewood Powersports, Mulligans, The Beach Club, Lakewood Shell, J&J Contracting, Animals Bear Trail Inn, Maple Heights Campground, Echo Valley Campground, Boulder Lake Campground, Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular, O’Neils Halfway Bar, 9 Mile Resort, Firelite Bar & Grill, Waubee Lodge, Prospect Bar & Grill and The Schoolhouse Bar & Grill.

ATV LAW: One of our members suggested that each month we cover some of the ATV/UTV Laws so here we go!!! Operation of a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV): All UTV Operators at least age 16 and born on or after January 1, 1988 must possess a valid ATV safety certificate issued by this state or an other state or province. Operators must be in possession of this certificate while operating in an areas open to the public such as trails, routes and frozen waterways and display it to a law enforcement officeer upon request, (page 13, Pub-LE 500, 2014).

NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Our next membership meeting will be June of 2016. Date and place will be announced later.

LAST NEWSLETTER OF 2015: This will be our last newsletter of 2015, any important information will be mailed, emailed or put on our website as they occur. Remember the Oconto County ATV Trail system close on Saturday October 31st!!!

 

HIDDEN BEAR TRAIL ATV CLUB 2015 NEWSLETTER – #2

Membership Meeting & Fundraiser: On Saturday August 15th we held our 2nd membership meeting of 2015 at Animals Bear Trail Inn and also held our annual fundraiser. The meeting started at 11:00 am with a total of 32 members in attendance. Prior to the meeting starting at 9:00 am we had members set up for the fundraiser that started at noon. We had a very steady crowd all day even with the temperatures that soared into the 90’s. We ended up doing all 100 of our meat raffles, along with 4 – 50/50 raffles and a gun raffle. Fun was had by all in attendance even with the extreme heat. The board of directors would like to thank all the members that volunteered, (we had in excess of 40 volunteers that day), thanks also goes to Dave Thompson and his crew for running the spin wheel all day, thank you to all the people that attended the event and a special thanks to Echo Valley, the Schoolhouse Bar, Animal’s and the Beach Club for donated a portion of the gun for our gun raffle. Pictures of the days event can be seen on our website at: www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.

Cash Raffle: We also held our annual cash raffle at our fundraiser. Thanks to all the members that purchased and helped sell tickets. The following is a list of Winners: $4000.00 – Mary Grutza, $2000.00 – Tim Stephani, $900.00 – MJ & JR, $700.00 – Tony Farder, $600.00 – Bob Dow, $500.00 – Ray Fiedler, $450.00 – Halfway Group, $300.00 – Not Bob’s, $200.00 – RCH, Ron Jackson, Jackie Pitterle, Bob Goble, Great Northern & Animal, Gary Spiller, $150.00 – Julie Wolf, Halfway Group, Dennis Soulier, DC Hedman, CPDM, Marilyn & Shawn, Tom Pickett, Steve Fonder, Karen Pitterle, Yvonne Coulthard, & Jon Reformado.

Membership: Our club now has a total of 162 paying members and in excess of 300 total members which includes spouses & children. The Board of Directors want to thank you!!!!

Lakewood Parade: Our club participated in the Lakewood Parade again this year, we had 20 people ride in the parade from our club and the Red Arrow Club. The group gave out over 50 pounds of Mardi Gras Beads!!! A special thanks goes to Loren Nelson for leading the parade with our club logo and safety info. Pictures from the Lakewood Parade can be seen on our website also.

Trail Conditions: We are currently working with the Forest Service and Oconto County to increase the width and increase the visibility on the ATV Trail/Route from the Nicolet State Trail over to Doty. We are currently working in the area by Highway 32 & Thelen Road. Last week our club hired the Red Arrow Snowmobile & ATV Club to use their brush hog to cut the sides of the trail between Highway 32 & Star Lake Road. We also had 17 members from our club to brush the same area to increase sight visibility in 10 different areas between Hwy 32 & Island Lake Road. In the next few weeks Oconto County will be widening the entrance onto Highway 32 and Thelen Road along with putting down gravel in the first half mile of this trail. Also our contractor will be fixing some of the washout areas between Island Lake Road & Star Lake Road in Riverview. Just another reminder the main trail (Nicolet State Trail/Old Railroad Grade) is maintained by Dusty Trails ATV Club. They groom the trail from Mountain to Suring one week and the second week they groom from Mountain to North of Lakewood. The Red Arrow Snowmobile & ATV Club groom the Nicolet State Trail from Lakewood to the Forest County Line.

Safety & Rules: At our last Board meeting it was suggested that in our newsletter that we put info regarding some of the ATV rules. Helmet Requirement: Those under 12 years of age must wear a helmet at all times. Those over 12 but under 18 must wear a helmet at all times except when traveling for the purpose of hunting or fishing. Public Roadway Restrictions: ATV route signs on public roads indicate legal UTV travel as well. State and County Highway surface travel is not legal in Oconto County. A few county highway ditch lines are clearly marked for legal travel.

Business Members: The following is a list of Business Members, please help support their Business: Lakewood Hardware, Timberline Restaruant, Lakewood Supervalu, Lakewood Powersports, Mulligans, The Beach Club, Lakewood Shell, J&J Contracting, Animals Bear Trail Inn, Maple Heights Campground, Echo Valley Campground, Boulder Lake Campground, Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular, O’Neils Halfway Bar, 9 Mile Resort, Firelite Bar & Grill, Waubee Lodge & Prospect Bar & Grill. Please welcome our newest Business Member, The Schoolhouse Bar & Grill.

Next Membership Meeting, Club Ride & Cookout: Our next and last membership meeting for 2015 will be Saturday September 26th at the Firelite Bar & Grill, in Lakewood WI at 10:00 AM. After the meeting we will go on a club ride followed by a cookout at the Lakewood trailhead. More info to follow.

Jim Wisneski
Secretary

  HIDDEN BEAR TRAIL ATV CLUB NEWSLETTER 2015 – #1

Membership Meeting, & Club Ride:  On Saturday June 20th we held our first membership meeting of 2015 at the Halfway Bar in Mountain.  We had a total of 32 members in attendance, which 20 were new members and attended their first membership meeting.  After the meeting the brave ones that were left put on their rain gear and started out to Crooked Lake for a nice ride and lunch.  It rained all the way to Crooked Lake and we arrived around 1:00 pm for lunch.  We had a total 0f 11 ATV’s and UTV’s with a total of 22 wet members when we arrived at Crooked Lake.  We enjoyed a nice lunch at the Pines Supper Club and enjoyed a nice dry trip back.  We arrived back at the Halfway Bar around 3:30 pm with a total of 45 miles.  We want to thank all of our new members that braved the weather and enjoyed the ride.  Pictures of the meeting can be seen on our website at www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com

Membership:  Our club now has a total of 152 paying members and in excess of 300 total members which include spouses & children.  The Board of Directors want to thank you!!!

Trail Conditions:  Our club is responsible for the 50 mile loop that comes off of the Nicolet State Trail (Railroad Grade) north of Mountain over to Highway T in Doty and then back to the Nicolet State Trail.  The majority of these miles are gravel town roads that we do not have to maintain.  The 10 miles of area thru the Forest Service along this route is what our club maintains.  We are currently working at the trail at Highway 32 & Thelen Road with widening the trail for UTV use.  We continue to work on areas that have washouts and try to maintain these areas as needed.   The main trail (Nicolet State Trail/old railroad grade) is maintained by Dusty Trails ATV Club.  They groom the trail from Mountain to Suring one week and the second week they groom from Mountain to North of Lakewood.  The Red Arrow Snowmobile  & ATV Club groom the Nicolet State Trail from Lakewood to the Forest County Line.

Lakewood:  Our club purchased and installed 10 Dust Control Signs along the Nicolet State Trail in Lakewood.  We have recieved some complaints from the business owners in Lakewood regarding the amount of dust that ATV’s/UTV’s make, the 10 signs read:  DUST CONTROL ZONE, 10 MPH, $501.00 FINE.  Please remember when you are going thru towns that you respect the posted speed limit signs.   We also closed on a temporary basis the ATV/UTV Route on County F by the golf course that goes down to the Sandtrap Bar & Restaurant.  The Sandtrap is closed and is for sale, once it opens again we will open the route over to the Sandtrap.

Forest Service Report:  Our Club and 4 other ATV Clubs are working on connecting LangladeCounty & County County for ATV/UTV use at Langlade. There is a project to construct a new recreational bridge in Langlade and if that does not get the funding we may be able to use the existing highway bridge in Langlade to cross the Wolf River. Our club is working with the Forest Service to get an ATV trail/route from Fish Hatchery Road over to Traxel Point Road in the Boulder Lake Area. This project, the bridge project and the easement project along Highway 64 will allow atvs/utvs access from Oconto County to Langlade County. We will keep club members updated on this project as they happen.

ATV Certification Class: Anyone born after Jan 1, 1988 must have an ATV certification certificate to drive an ATV. Anyone 11 or older can apply to take the course. The Red Arrow Club along with our club is sponsoring an ATV Certification Class on Monday July 6th and 7th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Lakewood/Townsend Ambulance Building. The $10.00 fee is waived if your parents or grandparents are members of the Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club. You can register on line at the DNR website or Red Arrrow Snowmobile/ATV Club website. Just a few quick reminders of some of the safety regulations for ATV/UTV’s: Anyone under the age of 18 must have a DOT approved Helmet when driving or riding an ATV/UTV, you must be 16 years old to drive a UTV, all occupants in a UTV must have a seat and are required to wear a seat belt and anyone from age 12 to 16 can drive an ATV on a road route but they must be accompained by a guardian or an approved adult guardian. Copies of the ATV/UTV Rules can be viewed on the Wisconsin DNR website.

NE Wisconsin ATV Association (WATVA) Meeting: Our club is hosting the NE WATVA meeting on July 18th, 2015 at the Riverview Town Hall at 15408 Highway 32, Mountain WI 54149. The event starts at 9:00 am on Saturday July 18th with a ATV/UTV Ride, followed by lunch at approx. noon, & followed by the WATVA Meeting at approx 1:00 pm. For our members this will be a great opportunity to ask our state leaders of the WATVA questions on subjects that pertain to the sport of ATV’s/UTV’s. You can register online to attend this event or just show up for any part of the event. If possible if you are attending lunch we are asking our members to bring a dessert that day, our club will be sponsoring the rest of the lunch.

Large Fundraiser: Our large fundraiser will be on Saturday August 15th at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn, Hwy T & 64 in Doty starting at Noon with Meat Raffles, Gun Raffles, 50/50 raffles, food, drinks & fun. Our Large Cash Raffle will be drawn at approx. 6:00 pm. If you would like to purchase a large cash raffle ticket for $100.00 please contact Secretary Jim Wisneski at 715-276-6612 or via email. We have 25 total cash prizes with $4000.00 being first prize. You have a 1 in 7 chance to win cash!!!

Fundraiser Help: We have some members already signed up to help on August 15th but we still need a few meat raffle seller’s on both shifts. The shifts run from noon to 3:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. If you would like to sell meat raffle tickets call Jim at 715-276-6612 or email him at hiddenbeartrailatvclub@centurytel.net,

Lakewood Parade: Our club will be participating in the Lakewood Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday July 19th. Any members, relatives or friends are welcome to ride in the parade. Line-up time is at 11:00 am at the Lakewood Cemetary followed by the parade at noon. Our club will again sponsor beads to throw out at the parade. We also will invite members from the Red Arrow Club to join us that day.

Business Members: The following is a list of Business Members, please help support their Business: Lakewood Hardware, Timberline Restaruant, Lakewood Supervalu, Lakewood Powersports, Mulligans, Beach Club, Lakewood Shell, J&J Contracting, Animals Bear Trail Inn, Maple Heights Campground, Echo Vally Camground, Boulder Lake Campground, Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular, O’Neils Halfway Bar, 9 mile Resort, Firelite Bar & Grill, Waubee Lodge & Prospect Bar & Grill.

Next Membership Meeting: Our next membership meeting will be the day of our Fundraiser starting at 10:00 am on Saturday August 15th at Animals Bear Trail Inn.

Jim Wisneski
Secretary

 

 

NEWSLETTER #3, 2014Membership Meeting, Club Ride & Cookout: On Saturday September 27th we held our last membership meeting of 2014 at the Firelite Lounge in Lakewood. We had a total of 30 members in attendance along with 12 members of the Kettle Moraine ATV Club. After the meeting we went on a club ride leaving Lakewood at 11:00 am, we had a total of 35 ATV’s/UTV’s on the trip, we stopped at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn in Doty for Lunch and returned to the Lakewood Trailhead at 3:30 pm. After the ride the club sponsored a cookout right at the trailhead and we served almost 50 people including our guests from the Kettle Moraine ATV Club. The weather was terrific, the ride was beautiful with hitting the peak of the fall colors and all rider’s had a fantastic time riding in the Northwoods. A special thanks to the Kettle Moraine ATV Club for supplying the refreshments for the cookout. Pictures of the ride can be viewed on our website at: www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.Membership: Our Club now has a total of 147 members, 59 five year members & 88 one year members. Just a reminder the club due’s notice will be send out the first part of November.Riverview, Lakewood & Doty Report: The Board of Director’s agreed to donate 2 outside grills to the Park & Rec Dept in Riverview for the generous use of their large table for our annual Fundraiser. In Lakewood, we recently opened up a short distance of County F to get from the Golf Course over to the Sandtrap Bar & Grill. Please visit our website for directions and instructions to get to the Sandtrap.Forest Service Report: We have received to Grants one from the Forest Service and one from the WI DNR to widen the ATV Trail west of Highway 32 in the Town of Riverview. The intial work will be started by the middle of October with the first stage of work, the second stage should be completed during the 2015 riding season. We are also in the intial stages of looking at an ATV /UTV Trail/Route from the Nicolet State Trail south of Anderson Lake over to the Town of Doty using Bonita Road and part of Forest Service Property. This will allow rider’s from Gillett & Suring a quicker route to Doty and Langlade County.

Elections: We also held our yearly elections at our Membership Meeting on Saturday September 27th with the following Officer’s re-elected: President Shawn Fidler, Vice-President Loren Nelson, Treasurer Tom Siudzinski, Secretary Jim Wisneski and 6 Board of Director’s: Gene Dunsirn, Dave Pitterle, Mike Richling, Jim Schommer, Tim Stephani & Kathy Steinbach. The Board of Director’s meet once a month from March – October at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn at 5:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Business Members: The following is a list of Business Members, please help support their Business: Lakewood Hardware, Timberline Restaurant, Lakewood Supervalu, Lakewood Power Sports, Mulligans, Beach Club, Lakewood Shell, Sand Trap Bar & Grill, Lizer Lawn Care, J&J contracting, Animals Bear Trail Inn, Maple Heights Campground, Echo Valley Campground, Boulder Lake Campground, Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular, O’Neils Halfway Bar, 9 Mile Resort, Firelite Bar & Grill, Pine Grove Bar & Grill, Waubee Lodge & Prospect Bar & Grill.

Last Newsletter: This will be our last Newsletter for 2014, we will continue to email or mail our member’s important ATV information when necessary. You can also get more club info by visiting our website at: www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com. Prior to the 2015 ATV/UTV season we will mail each member a new 2015 Oconto County ATV Map and a club calendar of events. The Oconto County ATV/UTV trail system closes on Friday October 31st and weather permitting will open in 2015 on May 1st. The Board of Directors would like to thank all of our member’s, without member’s our club could not exist. Our membership continues to grow and the Board of Director’s will continue to work on increasing ATV/UTV riding opportunities in Northern Oconto County and beyond. Thank you and have a safe remainder of the 2014 ATV/UTV season!!!

Jim Wisneski
Secretary

NEWSLETTER #2, 2014Membership Meeting: On Saturday, August 16th at 10:00 am we had our 2nd membership meeting of 2014 at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn in Mountain WI. A total of 32 members were in attendance. The meeting was called to order by President Shawn Fidler. The following information was shared with our members at the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 am.Membership: Our club now has a total membership of 143 members, 84 one year members & 59 five year members. We signed up 6 new members at our Fund Raiser that day. Thanks to all of our members, without you our club would not be possible.Website: Dave Pitterle is our webmaster and is doing a great job in updating our website as things change. If you want more club info please visit our website at: www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com. Dave has a great picture gallery of events that our club is involved with thru out the year.Lakewood Mardi Gras Parade: Our club participated again in the Lakewood Mardi Gras Parade on July 13th in Lakewood. We had a great turnout with over 25 ATV’s & UTV’s and a total of 38 people that participated. Our club give out Parade Beads again this year. A special thanks to the Red Arrow Snowmobile & ATV Club that joined us in the fun. Pictures of that day’s event is on our website.Riverview Report: We are working with the Forest Service to widen the ATV trail from Hwy 32 at Thelen Road for the first 1/2 mile to the west, it is narrow and caution is needed when riding thru that area.

Doty Report: Our Club & Red Arrow put up new white strapping material along the 1/2 mile fence on County T, the old strapping material wore out, we purchased a stronger material hoping that this will last longer. Both clubs shared in the cost of the material and the work was done thru volunteers from both clubs. Pictures of the fence is on our website, along with the volunteer’s. Our club sponsored a lunch for the volunteer’s after the work was completed. Our club constructed and paid for a new ATV/UTV Trail thru Forest Service Propety that connects Shadow Lake Road and Blue Spruce Road in Doty. This allows rider’s a short ride over to the Boulder Lake area from the Northern area of Doty & Riverview.
Dave you were correct about Ron Boeldt winning $200.00. I forgot to put that in the newsletter. I corrected it, can you put this copy on the web? I send him his check this morning. Thanks for catching that.

Jim
Lakewood Report: In July our club and the Red Arrow club put wood chips in the ditch lines along County F in Lakewood. Any place we use the County ditch lines, they want us to lay wood chips to decrease erosion and keep the dust down. Pictures from this work day is on our website. Our club has been working with Oconto County and have received approval to use the blacktop shoulder from Club House Lane (by the golf course) to the Sandtrap Bar on County F. We are in the process of ordering & paying for the signs, once the signs are received we will put them up and the route will be open. ATV/UTV travel along this area will be limited to both blacktop shoulder’s with travel with the flow of traffic. The new ATV/UTV Route will dead end at the Sand Trap Bar, it only includes the 1/2 mile from Club House Lane to the Sandtrap Bar on the blacktop shoulder. It does not include the entire shoulder from Lakewood to the Sandtrap. ATV/UTV Rider’s will have to use the Nicolet State Trail to North Road, to E Foresster Road to Lake John Road, to ditch line along County F to Club House Lane to get to the Sandtrap Bar. This is the first blacktop surface that Oconto County has allowed ATV/UTV travel, it is a pilot program to see how it works, please follow all signs including the 20 mph speed limit.

Forest Service Report: We have received a Forest Service Grant to widen the trail by Highway 32 & Thelen Road in Riverview. We are currently working on a project with the Forest Service to connect the Nicolet State Trail south of Anderson Lake over to Mountain Lakes Road in Doty using Bonita Road and Forest Service Property. This will allow ATV/UTV Riders a shorter route from Gillett, Suring & Chute Pond area to get to the Trail System that connects into Doty area, Boulder Lake Area and over to Langlade County. We are also working with the Forest Service, DNR, DOT, Oconto & Langlade Counties, local townships and 4 other ATV Clubs to build a recreational bridge over the Wolf River in Langlade that will connect Oconto & Langlade Counties ATV/UTV trail system. This will allow our rider’s that can now get to Boulder Lake an opportunity to continue from Boulder Lake over to Langlade County and Forest County.

What your club has done since 2009: At our Fundraiser on Saturday, August 16th we had on each table a list of all things that our club has done since 2009. The following is a short list: Opened all roads in 3 townships and paid for all signs, opened a 50 mile ATV Loop off of the Nicolet State Trail that goes west into Langlade County, put up & paid for all signs on this project, paid for new trail between Blue Spruce & Shadow Lake Road, opened ditch lines along Highway F to have a closer route to Crooked Lake and to connect with the Northern Marinette County Trail System, club paid for and spread wood chips along County F & County T, obtained 3 different grants from the Forest Service to improve the riding surfaces on the 50 mile loop off of the Nicolet State Trail, obtained a grant from the Town of Riverview to improve the riding surface on Mountain Lakes Road, work with 4 other ATV Club to print a yearly Oconto County ATV Map, meet quarterly with the Forest Service to obtain additional riding opportunities thru the Forest Service, & club maintains all ATV/UTV trail/routes in Western Riverview, Doty & Lakewood.

Fund Raiser: Our only Fund Raiser was held on Saturday August 16th at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn. Accept for the weather not cooperating all day, it was a great success. We went thru all 100 of our planned meat raffles. Conducted 4 – 50-50 raffles, conducted a gun raffle & served food & refreshments to all of our guests. Pictures from this year event will be on our website soon. Our Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who attended, purchased $100.00 cash raffle tickets prior to our event and people that purchased the gun raffle tickets. Also would like to thank all of our volunteers that helped that day. Proceeds from this event goes back into creating more ATV/UTV riding opportunities, maintaining our current riding opportunities and to insure safe riding opportunities for all riders in the townships of Riverview, Doty & Lakewood.

Cash Raffle Winners: We sold 150 – $100.00 tickets prior to the drawing at 6:00 pm on August 16th. All the tickets were sold by the end of June, again we want to thank everyone that purchased tickets. The raffle paid out 70% and 22 cash prize winner were drawn, which is a 1 in 7 chance to win. The following is the winner’s of the cash raffle: $4000.00 – Mike Wisneski, $2000.00 – Halfway Bar Group, $900.00 – Jill Schmitzer, $450.00 – Tom Hintz, $300.00 – Bill, Rick & Jim, $200.00 Winners – Mariya Tuckwab, David Taylor, Bill Albers, Ron Boeldt, Sam Rydzik & JAR, $150.00 Winners – John Reformado, John Hutera, Marilyn Ver Bockel, Dave Hedman, Mindy & Mike, Nancy Sellnow, Steve Wilmet, Jim Diomar, Ron Jackson, Carmen Jensen & JAR.

Gun Raffle Winner – The winner of the Savage Bolt Action 270 Rifle with Scope was Maynard Gunnlaughson. A special thanks to the following businesses that donated a portion of the gun: Animal’s Bear Trail Inn, Schoolhouse Bar, Beach Club Bar & Echo Valley Resort. We would like to thank everyone that purchased tickets for the rifle.

Next Membership Meeting, Club Ride & Club Cookout: Our last membership meeting for 2014 will be on Saturday September 27th at 10:00 am at the Firelite Lounge in Lakewood across from the ATV Trailhead in Lakewood. This will be our Annual Meeting & Elections. At approx. 11:00 am will be leaving the Trailhead and going on our 50 mile club ride, we will have lunch at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn and then back to the Trailhead around 3:00 or 4:00 pm. After we return we will have our Club Cookout right at the Trailhead in Lakewood. All members are welcome even if you do not go on the ride, please feel free to come to the cookout that will start around 5:00 pm. Food & Refreshments will be served. We will also have another ATV Club on our ride and cookout, the Kettle Moraine ATV Club will join us that day. We are looking foward to a great and colorful ride.

Business Members: The following is a list of Business Members, please help support their business: Lakewood Hardware, Timberline Restaurant, Lakewood Super Valu, Lakewood Power Sports, Mulligans, Beach Club, Lakewood Shell, Sand Trap Bar & Grill, Lizer Lawn Care, J&J Contracting, Animal’s Bear Trail Inn, Maple Heights Camground, Echo Valley Campground, Boulder Lake Campground, Tebo Lakewood Realty &Cellular, O’Neils Halfway Bar, 9 Mile Resort, Firelite Bar & Grill & Pine Grove Bar & Grill.

MAY 2014  NEWSLETTERMembership Meeting & Club Ride: Our first 2014 membership meeting was held at the Halfway Bar on Saturday May 17th. We had a total of 27 members and guest attend the meeting. After the meeting we had a club ride with 17 total ATV & UTV’s and a total of 23 people on the ride. We made over 70 miles with a lunch break in Crooked Lake at Diamond Dave’s. We left the Halfway Bar at 11:00 am and returned at around 4:00 pm. A special thanks to some of the Red Arrow Snowmobile and ATV Club for joining us on the ride.

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Membership Report: As of 5/17/2014 we have a total membership of 132 paying members and 225 total including spouse’s and children.

Website Report: Please visit our website at: www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com for up-to-date club info. Pictures from our club ride and our club work day (putting up a 1/2 mile fence) are on the website.

Lakewood, Riverview & Doty Report: The Trailhead in Lakewood now allows overnight parking. Anyone that is going on an overnight trip can now leave their vehicle at the Trailhead parking area in Lakewood. All 3 Townships now allow ATV/UTV travel on Town Roads, please insure you follow all speed limit signs and all other rules. County Roads F & T are not open for ATV/UTV travel except in marked ditchlines. County W is not open for any ATV/UTV travel.

Forest Service Report: Currently we are working to cut a 1/2 mile of new trail on Forest Service (FS) property to connect Shadow Lake Road in Doty to Blue Spruce Road. This will cut the distance down for riders in Doty to get to the Nicolet Trail and to the trail system to Langlade County. Our other project is to open a new route from Lakewood over to Sullivan Springs Road including getting riders from the Golf Course Area quicker access to the trail system. This project will benefit riders from Lakewood & Townsend a shorter distance to get to Crooked Lake. Our club is also working with other clubs, Forest Service, DNR, County Government and local Government to install a new Recreational bridge in Langlade to cross the Wolf River. This will connect Oconto County and Langlade County ATV/UTV trail systems.

Mountain, Lakewood-Townsend Ambulance Service: At our last Board of Director’s meeting the Board voted to donate $250.00 to both Ambulance Services in our area. The donation will go toward improving and maintaining their recreational ambulance equipment.

O’Brien’s Fence: On Wednesday May 7th, eight members of our club and 6 members of the Red Arrow Snowmobile and ATV Club worked on replacing the strapping material along Highway T in Doty on the O’Briens property. This is the fence that we installed 3 years ago and the strapping material wore out. Both clubs purchased new, heavier strapping with the hope of it lasting longer. You can visit our website to view our clubs “Hard at Work”. The project was finished in just over 3 hours. The Red Arrow Club sponsored lunch after the work was completed.

Wood Chips: We are in need of Wood Chips to spread along Highway F ditchlines in Lakewood. If anyone has any info where we can get wood chips please contact Jim.

Brat Fry: Our club is holding a Brat Fry on Saturday July 5th, 2014 at the Lakewood Super Valu from 10:30 to 2:00 pm. We are in need of Volunteers to help that day. We will not be having another membership meeting until August, if you can help please call Jim at 715-276-6612 or email Jim at hiddenbeartrailatvclub@centurytel.net.

Mardi Gras Parade: Our club will be particating in the Lakewood Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday July 13th starting at Noon at the Lakewood Cemetary. We need ATV/UTV Riders, last year we only had 3 rider’s in the parade. Our club will supply the Mardi Gras Beads to be given out, just show up!!!

ATV Safety Certification Course: Our Club along with the Red Arrow Club will be sponsing a DNR ATV Safety Certification Course on July 1st & July 2nd from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm both nights at the Riverview Town Hall. Anyone born after January 1st, 1988 and at least 12 years old must have ATV certification to operate on public areas. You can apply for the class by calling Jim Wisneski at 715-276-6612 or you can enroll on line by going to www.dnr.wi.gov, click on education, safety classes, ATV class and then Oconto County. Class size will be limited to 30 participants. If you or family are members of the Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club or Red Arrow Club the $10.00 fee will be waived.

Large Raffle Update: Our $100.00 raffle tickets are going very fast this year. We are only selling $150.00 tickets, with first prize being $4000.00 this year with 21 additional cash prizes. Based on the sale of tickets already I believe all tickets will be gone by the end of this month. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket please contact Jim or purchase tickets at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn or the Halfway Bar. Drawing for this raffle will be on Saturday August 16th at our yearly Fundraiser. You need not be present to win.

Fundraiser – August 16: Our Annual Fundraiser will be at Animals Bear Trail Inn on Saturday August 16th, 2014 from Noon – 6:00 pm. Along with our large raffle drawing at 6:00 pm, we will have food, meat raffles, gun raffles, 50/50 raffles and refreshments. Please tell you friends and relatives, we are hoping for a big crowd again this year.

FUNDRAISER HELP: Our next membership meeting will be the day of our Fundraiser and we need to get members to sign up to help. We need raffle seller’s & food servers. If you can help any part of the day please contact Jim at 715-276-6612 or email at: hiddenbeartrailatvclub@centurytel.net.

OCTOBER
2013 NEWSLETTER

Membership Meeting:  Our last membership
meeting was held on Saturday, October 12th at 10:00 am at Pine Grove Bar &
Grill (thanks Rocky for opening up early).  We had 18 members in attendance.
This will be our last membership meeting of 2013 & our last newsletter of
2013.
Lakewood, Doty & Riverview Report:
The Riverview Planning Commission will be holding a Public Hearing on Tuesday October 29th at 6:00 pm at the Riverview Town Hall.  The planning commission will receive public input (pro & con) for ATV usage on Town of Riverview Roads for the 2013 year.  If you own property in Riverview and are able to attend, please do so.  Doty & Lakewood reported very few issues from any town officials.  Our club is still working on getting issue’s on the ditchline
on County F taken care of.  New no-ATV signs have been posted in ditchlines
where it is not legal to ride.
Boulder Lake Project & Other Forest Service (FS)
Projects
:  After 3 years of working with the FS we have
opened up the ATV/UTV Route from Blue Spruce Road over to Boulder Lake Area.  This will enable riders from the Echo Valley Campground and Boulder Lake Campground to access the ATV/UTV Trail System, along with property owners in this area of Doty to access the trail.  This trail/route will be added to the 2014 Oconto County ATV/UTV map.  A special thanks to the FS for giving our club a $6225.00 Grant to make improvements to this ATV/UTV trail/route.  We are continuing to work with the FS to open the route from the Nicolet State Trail over to Sullivan Springs Road, hopefully this will be open on August 1st, 2014.  We also will continue to work with the FS to get more trails/routes thru the National Forest and off of some of the Town Roads that we currently
use.
Recreational Bridge at Langlade:  On
Wednesday October 9th our club attended an informational meeting at Langlade to discuss the proposed new recreational bridge at Langlade across the Wolf River. The WI DNR held this informational meeting to get public input on this new proposed bridge.  WI DNR officials, WI DOT officials, County Government
Officials, Local Government Officials and Local ATV, Snowmobile Clubs were in
attendance.  The proposed recreational bridge is just in the planning stages and
it is currently proposed to build a stand alone bridge next to the current
bridge that crosses the Wolf River on Highway 64.  This bridge would be built on
DOT Right Away.  This bridge would be used for not only ATV Crossing but also
for Snowmobile, Bikers, & Pedestrians.  This proposed bridge would connect
the Oconto County ATV Trail System with the Langlade County ATV System.  Our club is involved because if this bridge becomes a reality the plan is to connect our trail system at Saul Springs Road in the Town of Doty with this new Trail System over to Langlade and into Langlade County.  Our club is currently working with the FS to get the needed trails from Saul Springs Road over to Langlade.
More info to follow.
Annual
Financial Report
:  Treasurer Tom Siudzinski prepared the
Annual Financial Report and it was present to all members in attendance at the
meeting.  Any one that would like a copy of this report please contact Secretary
Jim Wisneski.
Next
Year’s Fundraiser
–  The Board of Director’s approved 2
Fundraiser’s for 2014, the first is a Brat Fry at Lakewood Super Valu on
Saturday July 5th and the 2nd one will be our Annual Cash Raffle and Meat Raffle on Saturday August 16th.  We will begin selling our cash raffle tickets in April or May of 2014
Next
Years Membership Meetings
:  The Board of Director’s have decided to change our Monthly Membership Meetings from May thru October to having 3 membership meeting’s each year.  Our first Membership Meeting in 2014 will be in May that will include a club ride, our second meeting will be our Annual Fundraiser in August and our 3rd meeting will be in September or October that will also include a club ride.  The Board of Director’s will continue to meet monthly from April thru October and any information that needs to be disseminated to our members will be via email or US Mail.  We will only publish 3 newsletters a year but again if there is any pertinent information that our members need it will be sent out via email or US Mail.  All information will be posted on our website also at
www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.
Bridge
Resurfacing on Nicolet State Trail
:  The County has scheduled to resurface 3 bridges South of Mountain on the Nicolet State Trail.  At present all 3 bridges are scheduled to be done after October 31st when the Nicolet State Trail is closed.  There is a chance that 2 bridges around Suring
may be completed during the last week of October that may close the Nicolet
State Trail in that area a week sooner.  Information regarding this will be on
the Oconto County Website and if our club hears more info we will send that out
to all members.
Oconto
County Trail System:
  The Oconto County ATV/UTV Trail
System (which includes the Nicolet State Trail) will close November 1st.  All
Town Roads in the Townships of Townsend, Mountain, Lakewood, Riverview &
Doty are opened year round for ATV/UTV use but the trail systems will close
November 1st.
Yearly
Membership Dues
:  Our yearly membership renewal’s will be
mailed out around the 1st of December, all membership payments are due by
December 31st, 2013.  Thank you in advance for your
membership.
2014
Oconto County ATV/UTV Map
:  Our club and 4 other local ATV Clubs are currently working on next year’s Oconto County ATV/UTV map.  The 2014 map should be ready for distribution around April 2014.  If any member’s has any comments on the 2013 map please let Jim know.  We are currently in the planning stages and changes to the map can still be made.
Elections:  Our Annual Elections were
held Saturday October 12th at our membership meeting.  The following is the
results of these elections:  Shawn Fidler – President, Loren Nelson – Vice
President, Tom Siudzinski – Treasurer, Jim Wisneski – Secretary and the
following 6 Board of Directors:  Kathy Steinbach, Mike Richling, Dave Pitterle,
Tim Stephani, Jim Schommer & Gene Dunsirn.
Business Members:  The following is a
list of our Business Sponsors, please help support their efforts:  Lakewood
Hardware, Timberline Restaurant, Lakewood Super Valu, Lakewood Power Sports, Mulligan’s, Beach Club, Prospect Lodge, Lizer Lawn Care, Animal’s Bear Trail Inn, J & J Contracting, Maple Heights Campground, Echo Valley Campground, Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular, O’Neils Halfway Bar, 9 mile Resort, Firelite Bar & Grill, Pine Grove Bar & Grill, Boulder Lake Lodge and a
new business member Waubee Lake Lodge.  Thank you for your support of our
Club!!
Last
2013 Newsletter
:  As mentioned before this will be our last
newsletter of the year but we will continue to get you club info as needed via
email, website or US Mail.  Hopefully you all had a safe & enjoyable riding
season and our club will continue to work on getting additional ATV/UTV
Trails/Routes for your riding enjoyment in our area in 2014.  Have a safe and
joyous Holiday Season
Jim
September
2013 Newsletter
Membership Meeting, Club Ride &
Cook-out:
  We had our September Membership meeting on
Saturday September 14th at the Firelite Lounge in Lakewood, we had 12 members in attendance and after the meeting we went on a club ride.  It was a very nice day
and we had 10 ATV’s & UTV’s on the ride, we left Lakewood at 11:00 am went
north on the Nicolet State Trail toward Townsend, and enjoyed lunch at Animal’s
Bear Trail Inn and arrived back in Lakewood at 3:00 pm.  We had our club cookout
right at the trailhead in Lakewood and had approx. 30 members in attendance.
The day ended around 7:00 pm with everyone having a great time.
Doty,
Riverview & Lakewood Report
:  Just a reminder that not
all of the ditchline’s along County F in Lakewood are open for ATV travel.  We
have 3 approved ditchlines open, one between the golf course and old 32, the
second from W Wheeler Lake Road to Symth Road and the last between Waupee Lake Lodge and the ATV trail that crosses County F at Knowles Creek Road.  We will be posting better directions and no ATV signs along other areas on County F where riders are illegally using the ditchline.  By using these illegal ditchlines it
will only give Oconto County a reason to close down the ditchlines that we do
have approved.  In Doty we will be looking at replacing the strapping material
along County T on the fence that was installed on O’Briens property.  This
should be completed sometime next spring.
Forest
Service
:  The Boulder Lake connection that we have been
working on the last 3 years is now open for ATV/UTV travel.  This connection
comes off of the ATV Route on Blue Spruce Road in Doty and connects to the 2
campgrounds at Boulder Lake and also allows many property owners in the Boulder Lake Area to access the ATV Route/Trail System.  Thanks goes to the Forest Service for rewarding our club with a $6,225.00 grant to improve the route from Blue Spruce to Boulder Lake, to Land Owner Jack Bosser for allowing the trail to go thru his property, to the club members that spend many meetings working on
this project and to club members that helped brush the trail.  We are also
working on the project from the Nicolet State Trail by Mulligan’s over to
Sullivan Springs Road including the Golf Course Connector, this project is in
it’s final stages and should be open August 1st, 2014.  We are also working on
the connector off of Shadow Lake Road over to Blue Spruce in the Town of Doty
and working on a large project with the Forest Service, DNR, Langlade County and
our State ATV Association (WATVA) connecting the trail system from Oconto County over to a new recreational bridge in Langlade that will connect the Oconto
County Trail System to the Langlade Trail System.
Final
Fundraiser Report
:  We had a very successful Fundraiser on
August 17th, 2013 and would like to thank all members that attended and
helped that day.  Proceeds from that day will go toward creating new ATV/UTV
Routes, maintaining existing trails/routes and insuring the safe riding
opportunities in our area.
Mountain Town Roads:  All of the
Mountain Town Roads are now open and signed.  Our Board of Director’s voted to
donate $200.00 to the Town of Mountain to help pay for the signs.  There ATV/UTV
Ordinance is very similar to the other area towns.  Speed Limit on Town Roads in
Mountain is 20 mph.
Elections & Annual Report:  We will
have our annual elections & annual report for 2013-2014 at our next
membership meeting on Saturday October 12th, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Pine Grove Bar & Grill on Highway W in the Town of Doty.  Any members interested in
running for President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary or 6 Board of
Director Positions please let me know.  Nominations will also be taken at that
meeting from the floor. 
Next
Membership Meeting
:  Our last membership meeting for 2013
will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday October 12th, 2013 at the Pine Grove Bar
& Grill on County W in the Town of Doty.
Business Members:  The following is a
list of our Business Sponsors, please help support their efforts:  Lakewood
Hardware, Timberline Restaurant, Lakewood Super Valu, Lakewood Power Sports,
Mulligan’s, Beach Club, Prospect Lodge, Lizer Lawn Care, Animal’s Bear Trail
Inn, J & J Contracting, Maple Heights Campground, Echo Valley Campground,
Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular, O’Neils Halfway Bar, 9 mile Resort,
Firelite Bar & Grill, Pine Grove Bar & Grill and a new business member
Boulder Lake Lodge.  Thank you for your support of our
club!!
  August 2013
Newsletter
August
Meeting
:  Our August 2013 Meeting and Annual Fundraiser was held
on Saturday August 17th at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn.  We had a total of 42
members present at the meeting and thru out the day at our
Fundraiser.
Riverview,
Doty & Lakewood Report
:  All Roads in all three townships
are now open for ATV/UTV Travel, just a reminder
only portions of Highway F in Lakewood and County T in
Doty ditchlines
are open for ATV/UTV travel and
are clearly marked.  The rest of these 2 County Highways are not open for
ATV/UTV Travel.  Please remember when traveling in these ditchlines to go slow
and be careful as some of the ditchlines are not on a level
surface.
Forest Service Report:  Our Club has signed
an agreement with the Forest Service to improve a new ATV Route/Trail from Blue
Spruce Road over to Boulder Lake Campgrounds.  Our Club will be brushing the
trail on Tuesday August 27th, if any members can help please meet at Animal’s
Bar at 9:00 am that morning.  Our local contractor will be doing the
improvements on the trail, once the trail is complete and signed we should get
the approval from the Forest Service to open the trail.  Another project that we
are working on is a connector thru the Forest Service from Shadow Lake Road to
Blue Spruce Road.  This will allow riders to get to Highway T & 64 quicker
and also to the Nicolet State Trail.  The last project with more info is the
trail/route from the Nicolet State Trail (from Mulligan’s) over to Sullivan
Spring Road and to the Golf Course.  This project has been in the planning
stages and it looks like we will be able to open this project in the summer of
2014.
Annual
Fundraiser
:  We had a great turnout at our Annual Fundraiser on
Saturday August 17th, 2013.  We had a record number of Meat Raffle spins (103)
in just a little over 4 hours.  Thanks to Team Dave Thomson for again running
our meat raffle.  Also thanks to all of our members who attended and volunteered
to work, it takes many volunteers to make this day a success and our members all
came thru with flying color’s.  Thanks again, we could not do this without you.
A special thanks to Mike Richling (Animal’s Bear Trail Inn) & Clay &
Chrissy (The Schoolhouse Bar) for donating the 308 Caliber Rifle with Scope.
The rifle was won by Rich Karrasch.  Our Cash Raffle Ticket Event was also very
successful with all 125 – $100.00 tickets sold prior to July 26th.  The winner’s
were emailed to all member’s and a list of winner’s will be in the Beacon.
Proceeds from this event go toward maintaining & improving our current
ATV/UTV Routes and Trails, establishing new ATV/UTV Routes and Trails, and
installing and paying for ATV/UTV signs in the Lakewood, Riverview & Doty
Townships.
Next
Membership Meeting, Club Ride and Club Cookout
:  Please mark
down Saturday September 14th as our next membership meeting that will be held at
the Firelite Lounge across from the Lakewood Trailhead at 10:00 am.  Following
the meeting (approx 11:00 am) we will take our annual club ride on the 47 mile
loop off of the Nicolet State Trail over to Animal’s Bear Trail Inn for Lunch
and then back to the Trailhead in Lakewood.  We should be back around 3:00 pm
and we will then have a cookout right at the Lakewood Trailhead.  Refreshments
and food will be sponsored by the Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club.  All members and
their guests are welcome to attend even if you do not go on the club ride,
please come to the Lakewood Trailhead for food, refreshments and fun.  The club
again will sponsor the meat and drinks but if you would like to bring a dish to
pass that would be great but not necessary.  Also if you can email Jim if you
plan on attending and how many would also help but again not necessary just show
up for an afternoon of fun.  A reminder will be send again prior to the
event.
Other
Upcoming Events
:  Labor Day weekend is full of special events
and the following club and Fire Departments have helped our club to be
successful:  Riverview Fire Department Corn Roast Saturday August 31st at the
Riverview Fire Department on Highway 32, Saturday August 31st the Red Arrow
Snowmobile & ATV Club annual ATV/UTV Parade, corn roast, meat raffle event
at the Valley Inn north of Townsend on Highway 32.  The ATV Parade starts at the
Shell Station in Townsend.  The Lakewood Fire Department Corn Roast on Sunday
September 1st at Lakewood Ball Diamond in Lakewood.  Please help support these
organizations.
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 July Membership
Newsletter
Membership Meeting:  The July Membership
Meeting was held on Saturday July 13th at Mulligan’s.  A total of 12 members
attended.
Doty
Report
:  All Town Roads are now open in the Town of Doty.
Our club received a report of ATV Rider’s driving down County T between Star
Lake Road & Eichoff Road to get to the trail system.  ATV/UTV Rider’s in
that area can only access the trail by taking Island Lake Road or Star Lake Road
into the Town of Riverview.  The trail system crosses both of these roads.  We
have just started working with the Forest Service in creating a small connector
between Shadow Lake Road & Blue Spruce Road that will allow quicker access
to residents in the Town of Doty on the West Side of Highway 64 to access the
trail system.  We will keep you updated on this information.  Please help
support the Doty Fireman’s Picnic this Saturday July 20th from 11:00 am to 11:00
pm at the Doty Fire Department on County T.
Lakewood Report:  The DNR Warden
reported to the club that over the 4th of July weekend we had a problem on
Forrester Road with someone spinning donuts on the blacktop.  Also a report of
riders speeding on this same road.  A citation was written to the ATV riders on
Forrester Road in Lakewood.  It was also suggest by the Warden that our club
install more 10mph signs on Forrester Road which we did.
Riverview Report:  The DNR Warden
Reported that ATV/UTV Riders are still trying to take Tar Dam Road from the
Nicolet State Trail to Hwy 32 and then ride the DOT right of way to the Halfway
Bar.  We have numerous no ATV Signs in that area but the riders still continue
to use the DOT right of way.  It was suggested by the Warden to put up some
directional signs on the Nicolet State Trail to guide riders in the right
direction to the Halfway Bar.  Our club installed the signs.  Please remember to
support the Riverview Park & Rec fundraiser that will take place on Saturday
August 3rd, 2013 from noon to 3:00 pm at the Riverview Fire Department on
Highway 32
Mardi Gras Parade:  Our
club participated in the Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday July 14th.  We throw out
Mardi Gras Beads again this year.  A special thanks to Loren Nelson &
Virginia Nelson for decorating the trailer in the parade.
Forest
Service Report
:  We continue to meet with the FS regarding
the Boulder Lake Project and the Project from the Nicolet State Trail over to
Sullivan Springs Road.  We did get some good news regarding the Boulder Lake
Project that the FS does not believe that the WI DNR will not have to get
involved with the project.  We are waiting for the final report from the FS and
hopefully we can open this trail connector soon.  We also received word that we
may be able to open the trail/route over to Sullivan Springs Road and to the
Golf Course from the Nicolet State Trail but it may only be open from August 1st
to October 31st each year due to a nesting issue with some wildlife.  Also like
we said in our Doty Report we have just contacted the FS in regards to a small
area of new trail system between Shadow Lake Road & Blue Spruce
Road.
New
DNR Laws
:  Governor Walker signed a new ATV/UTV Law in
June.  The entire new law will be on our website at
www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.  The following is  the one section of the new law that will effect
some riders:  “This new law strengthens the oversight requirement for youth,
ages 12 – 15, while riding legal road routes by requiring the parent or a parent
approved adult, to now accompany these aged youth.  Previous law allowed a 12-15
year old to legally ride alone on road routes, after passing the Wisconsin DNR
ATV safety course.  The new law still requires the youth to pass the DNR course,
but they can no longer ride on legal road routes.  This change does not apply to
trails, only on road routes.
Large
Raffle
:  We still have a few $100.00 Cash Raffle Tickets
available.  First prize is $3500.00 in cash (17 other cash prizes) and there are
only 125 tickets being sold.  The drawing will be on Saturday August 17th at
6:00 pm at our fundraiser at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn.  If you would like to
purchase a ticket contact Jim at 715-276-6612.
Fundraiser:  Our annul fundraiser will
be on Saturday August 17th at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn at the corner of Hwy 64
& T from noon till 6:00 pm.  Please inform friends and family members of
this fun event.  We will have Meat Raffles all day, 50-50 raffles, food &
refreshments.  We are still looking for help that day from our members
especially people to sell Meat Raffle Tickets.  We have 2 shifts one from noon –
3:00 pm and then from 3:00 pm till 6:00 pm.  Please contact Jim if you can
help!!
Trail
Con USA
:  Trail Con USA will be held again this year in
Antigo WI at the Fairgrounds on Friday August 9th and Saturday August 10th.  All
of the state trail system association will be in attendance including ATV/UTV,
Snowmobile, 4 wheel drive, Wisconsin Horse Council and off rode motorcycle
association.  For more information visit the
www.watva.org
website.
Next
Membership Meeting
:  August 17th (the day of our
fundraiser) at 10:00 am at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn.
Club
Ride:
  We will be having our annual club ride on Saturday
September 14th leaving the Lakewood Trailhead at approx 11:00 am.  Our Board of
Directors will also be discussing a possible cookout after the ride that day,
more info to follow.
___________________
Jim and Patti Wisneski
pattipearl@centurytel.net
   JUNE 2013
Newsletter
June
Membership Meeting
:  Our June 2013 Membership Meeting was
held at the Halfway Bar in Mountain WI on Saturday June 8th with a total of 20
members in attendance.
Membership Report:  We added 4 new
memberships since our last newsletter and our total paying membership is at 125
with a total membership of 240 members.
Doty
Report
:  On Wednesday May 29th we had a total of 16 members
meet at 9:00 am at Animal’s Bear Trail to install over 90 ATV Route Signs on all
the Town Roads in Doty.  On Friday May 31st the Doty Town Officials gave the
approval to officially open up all the Town Roads in Doty for ATV/UTV travel.  A
special thanks to our Vice President Loren Nelson for organizing the maps and
directions for the 16 members that helped.  Due to the great organization from
Loren it only took the group about 3 hours to get the signs installed.  Thanks
to all the members that helped!!  All members can help by patrolling and
informing riders to obey all the laws and especially obeying all speed limits on
town roads.
Riverview Report:  We had only 1
incident in Riverview over the Memorial Day Weekend.  ATV/UTV Riders continue to
take a short cut from the Halfway Bar over to the Nicolet State Trail using the
Highway Right of Way and also going on private property to do so.  After
receiving a call from DNR Warden Joe Paul our club installed a temporary fence
on the private property and installed more no ATV signs.  Please remember that
you can not use the Highway Right of Ways for ATV/UTV
Travel.
Lakewood Report:  We have now signed the
ditchline lines on County F that are open for ATV/UTV Travel.  Only areas along
Highway F are opened if they have the required signs in place.  Our next project
is to put wood chips along the areas that are open.  If any member has access to
wood chips please let our club know, we are having a tough time locating wood
chips.
Fundraiser at Lakewood Super Valu:  We
are having a Brat Fry Fundraiser on Friday June 28th at the Lakewood Super
Valu.  The Lakewood Super Valu is running a meat sale on that day.  Our plan is
to work later into the afternoon if possible, which means we are looking for
volunteer’s that day.  We are going to have 2 shifts one from 10:00 am to 2:00
pm and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  If anyone can help please email me at
hiddenbeartrailatvclub@centurytel.net or
call me at 715-276-6612.
ATV
Safety Class
:  The Red Arrow Snowmobile/ATV Club is hosting
an ATV Safety class on Monday July 1st and Tuesday July 2nd from 5:30 pm to 9:00
pm.  Our club is assisting with the training.  All persons born on or after
January 1, 1998 must take this course to ride an ATV or UTV in Wisconsin.
Registration information is available on the Red Arrow Website at: 
www.redarrowtownsend.com or on our website at www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.  There is a $10.00 Fee for this course but the fee is waived for
children or grandchildren of our club or the Red Arrow Club.
Wisconsin ATV Association Trail Patrol:
In our last newsletter I congratulated Kathy Steinbach for her participation as
one of the top Trail Patrol Ambassador’s in the state, I am very sorry that I
also missed 2 other members from our club that actually tied with Kathy for the
number one Trail Patrol Ambassador’s in the state, Frank and Audrey Emery have
been members of our club since 2011.  Frank and Audrey live in Clam Lake WI but
are very active members of not only our club but many other clubs in the State
of Wisconsin.  Frank and Audrey attend many of the WI ATV Association Events and
are excellent representatives of the Trail Ambassador Program.  Audrey is the
niece of one of our very active members Don Jackson and when Frank and Audrey
visit Don in Lakewood they patrol the trails in our area.
Forest
Service (FS) Report
:  On Tuesday May 23rd I met with our
new representative from the Forest Service that our club will be working with to
enhance riding opportunities in the Nicolet National Forest.  Greyling Brandt is
the new Forest Ranger assigned to the Laona/Lakewood Station to work with area
ATV Clubs.  Greyling is a Wisconsin Native from the Park Falls Area and has
worked in Minnesota and recently in Utah with the Forest Service.  Greyling and
I spend about 6 hours looking at our current projects, which included our plan
from the Nicolet State Trail by Mulligan’s over to Sullivan Springs Road (this
new route/trail will get the rider’s from Lakewood/Townsend area over to Crooked
Lake Area quicker and eliminate riding on blacktop roads). We also looked at the
Mountain Lakes Project thru the Town of Riverview that we opened in the fall of
2011 (we still have some work to do in this area even though the trail/route is
open).  The third area we looked at which is our number one priority at this
time is the Forest Service Property from Blue Spruce Road in Doty over to the
2 Boulder Lake Campgrounds.  In regards to this project we now have all the Town
Roads open to ATV/UTV Travel, the private land owners at the Campgrounds have
completed their work and the missing link is FS property.  After meeting that
day I explained to Greyling that we did not expect any answers that day but if
he could give us a status report of these projects at our next FS meeting on
Monday June 10th.  We will report the status of these projects at our July
membership Meeting.
Large
Cash Raffle
:  We still have $100.00 tickets available, we
have 18 cash prize with first prize at $3500.00.  If you would like to purchase
a ticket please email me at
hiddenbeartrailatvclub@centurytel.net.
The drawing will be Saturday August 17th at 6:00 pm at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn.
More info regarding the raffle can be obtained by visiting our website at:
www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com
Fundraiser August 17th:  We will be
putting together a sign up sheet for any members that would like to help at our
Large Fundraiser that day at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn at the corner of Highway 64
& T from noon to 6:00 pm.  We will have meat raffles, 50/50 raffles, a gun
raffle, food & refreshments.  Any one that would like to help that day can
call me or email me.  We are looking for raffle seller’s, food servers, &
ticket sales.
Business Members:  The following is the
list of our Business Members, please help support their efforts:  Lakewood
Hardware, Timberline Restaurant, Lakewood Super Valu, Lakewood Power Sports,
Mulligans, Beach Club, Sand Trap Bar & Grill, Prospect Lodge, Lizer Lawn
Care, Animal’s Bear Trail Inn, J & J Contracting, Maple Heights Campground,
Echo Valley Campground, Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular, O’Neils Halfway
Bar, 9 Mile Resort, Firelite Bar & Grill & Pine Grove Bar &
Grill
Next Membership Meeting:
Saturday July 13th at Mulligan’s at 10:00 am, just south of Lakewood on Highway
32
___________________
Jim and Patti Wisneski
pattipearl@centurytel.net
May 2013
Newsletter
May
Membership Meeting
:  The first 2013 membership meeting was
held on Saturday May 10th at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn.  A total of 25 members
were in attendance.
Membership Report:  We now have 121
paying members and 235 total family members.  We are continuing to
grow.
Oconto
County ATV Trails
:  The ATV Trails in Oconto County
officially opened Friday May 10th.  Have a safe & enjoyable riding
season
Doty
Report
:  On Thursday May 9th the Doty Town Board held a
special meeting to discuss a possible ATV Ordinance to open most town roads in the Town of Doty.  The final vote will be at the May 14th Town Board Meeting.
If passed the agreement with our club is to have our club purchase and  sign all
the roads, once the roads are signed they will be open.  The specific date will
be posted in the newspaper, our website and we will send an email to all of our
members.  We will also be asking for help installing the signs if that
happens.
Riverview Report:  On Monday April 29th,
11 members of our club installed the remainder of ATV Signs in the Town of
Riverview.  All Town Roads where posted are now open for ATV/UTV Travel year
round.  Please abide by all speed limits and please limit use of the town roads to get to the trails where possible.  Our biggest problem/complaint from the Town Boards is the speeding of the ATV/UTV’s and the same people riding up and down the same road all day long.  Please remember all of our members can help control the action of others.
Lakewood Report:  We now have 2 sections
on County F along the ditch line to assist ATV/UTV Riders in getting to the
Nicolet State Trail.  We are working with Oconto County and looking at more
areas in the ditch line along County F.  The County has also requested that we
put wood chips in the ditch line of any areas that we have open for ATV/UTV
travel.  The only ditch lines that are open along County F are posted with legal
ATV/UTV signs, if the ditch line is not posted with signs it is not
open.
New
Bylaws
:  At our meeting on Saturday the members voted to
adapt a new set of Club Bylaws.  A copy of the bylaws will be posted on our
website at
www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com if anyone would like to read the new bylaws. 
Forest
Service (FS):
We are currently working on 2 major projects
and just in the talking phases of a few others with the FS.  Our top priority at
this time is the connector between the Boulder Lake Area (Highway T) over to
Blue Spruce Roads.  The private land owner has completed the necessary work at Boulder Lake and if the Town Board opens all the Town Roads, the only area left is between Highway T and Blue Spruce Road to make the connector complete.  This will allow all the riders at the 2 campgrounds and all the property owners in that area an opportunity to get to the Nicolet State Trail.  We now have a new FS representative we are working with and have been in contact with him, he just started on Monday May 6th.  The other project is from the Nicolet State Trail (just north of Mulligan’s) over to Sullivan Springs Road and over to the backside of the Golf Course.  If this is open it will allow the riders from Lakewood, Townsend, and Wheeler Lake Area a quicker ride over to Crooked Lake.  We will be having our quarterly meeting with the FS in June and hopefully we will have more information to report on these 2 projects.
Wisconsin ATV Association
(WATVA) Meeting:
  On April 14 – 16th the annual WATVA
meeting was held in Wausau WI.  7 members from our club attended the meeting.  Friday’s session was focused on Tourism and how to promote our sport and the economic impact the sport has on the local economy.  On Saturday numerous sessions were held including grant applications, legislative issue, a trail system East & West across the entire State and other informational sessions.  The legislative information included giving local jurisdiction to local townships to determine if they want to eliminate the 10 mph speed limit on Road Routes in residential areas and the other is to change the law to require ATV/UTV Riders between the ages of 12 – 15 to be accompanied by a parent or a parent approved adult on road routes.  Currently the law allows riders between ages of 12 – 15 with a DNR safety certificate to ride on road routes without an adult.  WATVA supports both of these bills.  At Saturday’s Banquet our member Kathy Steinbach was honored as the top trail patrol ambassador in the state. Kathy performed in excess of 400 hours last year in patrolling our trails in our area.  Thanks Kathy for being involved!!!
ATV
Safety Class:
Red Arrow Snowmobile and ATV Club along with
our club will be sponsoring an ATV Safety Class scheduled for July 1st and 2nd
at the Townsend Town Hall from 5:30 – 9:30 pm.  Anyone born on or after January 1st, 1988 must take the course to ride legally in Wisconsin,  You must be 12 years old to drive an ATV but I believe if you are 10 or 11 you can take the course but will not be issued a certificate until you reach the age of 12.  To
sign up email jbrantmeier@athernet.net
or call 620-540-5948.  The cost of the course is $10.00 and if you are a member of the club or have children or grandchildren that want to take the course, our club will pay the $10.00 registration fee.
Large
Cash Raffle & Fundraiser
:  We still have some tickets
available for our Large Cash Raffle that will be drawn on August 17th.  We are
only selling 125 tickets and the first prize is $3500.00 with a 1 in 7 chance to
win.  For a list of all the cash prizes and other information visit our website
at
www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.  If you want to purchase a ticket or have us hold a ticket for you,  please contact Jim at 715-276-6612.  Our main fundraiser for the year will also be held on Saturday August 17th at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn more info to follow
Business Members:  The following is a
list of our Business Members, please help support their efforts:   Lakewood
Hardware (special thanks to Dave Genke for allowing our club to make copies of maps) Timberline Restaurant,  Lakewood Supervalu, Lakewood Power Sports, Mulligans, Beach Club, Sand Trap Bar & Grill, Prospect Bar, Lizer Lawn Care, Animal’s Bear Trail Inn, J & J Contracting, Maple Heights Campground, Echo Valley Campground, Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular, O’Neil’s Halfway Bar, 9 Mile Resort, Firelite Bar & Grill & Pine Grove Bar &
Grill.
Next
Membership Meeting
:  June 8th at the Halfway Bar at 10:00
am located on Highway 32 just south of the Riverview Fire
Department.
OCTOBER 2012 NEWSLETTER
Membership Meeting:  Our last 2012 membership meeting was held on Saturday October 13 at 10:00 am at Pine Grove Bar on Hwy W.
We had 16 members in attendance.  The meeting adjourned at 11:00 am.
Annual Report:  A copy of the annual report was handed out and discussed with the members in attendance.  Anyone that is interested in getting a copy of the annual report can contact me via email and I will email you a copy.
Membership Report:  We have a total of 122 paying
members and a grand total including family members of 221 members.
Lakewood Report:  Our club just completed
installing all the required signs in the ditchline on County F.  The following
is the area along County F that are legal to ride ATV/UTV’S:  From the Golf
Course subdivision coming off of Country Club use the South Ditchline to
Whitetail Lane cross county F at Whitetail onto Marilyn’s Greenhouse Property to Lake John Road, you can then get to the Nicolet State Trail via Lake John Road, Foresster Road & North Road to the Nicolet State Trail.  Rider’s  from the W Wheeler Lake Area now can access the Nicolet State Trail quicker by crossing Hwy F at Thielke Road, over to Old 32 and use South Ditchline on County F to Whitetail, cross County F at Whitetail and then the same directions as above to get to the Nicolet State Trail.  The other area of Hwy F ditchline that is open is from the Beach Club East to the trail that connects from Crooked
Lake, ATV/UTV riders will be able to get to Crooked Lake area and to the
Northern Marinette County ATV/UTV trail system starting at the Beach Club.  We will continue to work with the County to look at other areas of Highway F to
utilize the Ditchline.  Remember it is illegal to ride down County F on the
blacktop, we continue to get reports that ATV/UTV’s are riding on the blacktop,
this will only make it more difficult for us to get areas opened.
Riverview Report:  The Board of Director’s have decided to hold a Fun Day in April 2013 at the Riverview Town Hall to raise funds to pay for the remainder of ATV signs that will need to be installed on Riverview Town Roads prior to May 1st 2013.  More information will follow regarding this.
Doty Report:  Oconto County has just completed a DNR ATV Funded project from County T over to Blue Spruce Road on our the current
ATV route (old dump road).  That section of trail has been in need of repair for
sometime, our club repaired part of it this summer and now the County has
completed this work and the trail is in very good shape, hopefully some of you
have noticed the improvements.  Our Club also met with Pat Scanlan from the
Oconto County Highway Commission in regards to the concern we had with the
ditchline from Hwy T & 64 to old dump road.  Pat suggested that we put wood
chips along the ditchline and suggested an area that we needed to have some
dozer work.  That work is in progress with most of it completed except for some
wood chip being put down on one end.  This should help with any erosion and make it safer for ATV\UTV user’s.
Forest Service Report:  Our club along with 4 other
clubs met with the FS on September 10th at our quarterly meeting.  We discussed our project from Blue Spruce Road over to Boulder Lake Campgrounds.  We have now received a $5200.00 grant to repair part of that trail from the FS, based on the permits that will be needed due to a trout stream that passes thru that area and other issues, it looks like that section of trail will not open until sometime in 2013 at the earliest.  The project from Mulligan’s over to Sullivan Springs Road has also met with some issues regarding gates and some mis-communications regarding the retirement of the FS rep we were working with and the new rep.  We had requested the area from Mulligan’s over to Sullivan Springs Road and over to the Golf Course, and somehow the FS only submitted a request from Mulligan’s over to Old 32.  Hopefully this can be worked out.
Elections:  The annual elections were held at our
membership meeting on October 13th.  The following are your 2012/2013 Officers:  President, Shawn Fidler, Vice President, Loren Nelson, Treasurer Mike Richling, Secretary, Jim Wisneski.  Board of Directors:  Tim Stephani, Gene Dunsirn, Dave Pitterle, & Kath Steinbach.
Membership Dues:  We will be mailing our yearly membership dues out in early November, please mail them back, we need you as a member.
Last Newsletter of 2012:  This will be our last official newsletter of 2012, we will continue to communicate with our members thru out the year via email and will continue to update our website at:  www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.  Have a great remainder of the 2012 ATV/UTV riding season.  Remember the ATV/UTV trails close October 31st each year in Oconto County.  The Town Roads in Lakewood & Townsend are open year round but the Nicolet State Trail closes October 31st.
___________________
Jim and Patti Wisneski
pattipearl@centurytel.net
SEPTEMBER 2012
NEWSLETTER
Membership Meeting & Club
R
ide:
  We had our September membership meeting on
Saturday September 8th at the Firelite Lounge in Lakewood.  We had a total of 30 people in attendance.  We had 11 guests from the Kettle Morraine ATV Club (they are located around West Bend WI) that attended our meeting and joined us on our club ride.  After our meeting we left the Trailhead in Lakewood at approximately 11:00 am for our ride.  We had a total of 24 ATV’s and one UTV on the ride, it was a very pleasant day and the trails were great with very little dust.  We traveled north on the Nicolet State Trail to Townsend and then traveled west to Animal’s Bear Trail Inn for lunch and then continued on the new trail back to the Nicolet State Trail and then back to Lakewood.  We arrived back at around 3:00 pm and the Kettle Morraine ATV Club sponsored a cookout for our group at the Trailhead Picnic area.  Fortunately we had a nice shelter as the rain arrived around 4:00 pm, we had a very nice visit with the Kettle Morraine ATV Club and after talking to them realized how nice of trails and riding
opportunities we have.  Their club is very limited with only one riding
opportunity in their area and that is only during the winter months from
December to March and only if the temperature on their old railroad grade is
below 28 degree’s.  Their club actually travels and trailer’s their ATV’s
throughout the state to enjoy riding, so as you can see we are very fortunate to
just leave our homes or cottages and get to an ATV trail.  The afternoon ended
around 7:00 pm.  Big thanks go out to the Kettle Morraine ATV Club for
sponsoring the cookout and riding on our club ride.  If interested please visit
our website at
www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com for pictures of the days event.
Membership Report:  We now have a total
of 125 members, we gained 7 new members at our Fundraiser on August 18th and another member at our Membership meeting on Saturday September 8th.
Lakewood Report (County F):  Our club
signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Oconto County to legally open the ditch line on County F in the following areas:  From Clubhouse Lane to Old 32 for a distance of .30 miles and an additional segment on County F from the Beach Club north to an existing ATV trail .90 miles.  This area will not be opened until the signs are in place, we will notify our members as soon as this is open, hopefully in a few weeks.  The opening of these 2 sections will allow residents in the golf course area to get to the Nicolet State Trail via Lake John Road, Forrester Road & North Road.  They will cross County F at Whitetail Lane, continue on private property to Lake John Road.  Marilyn’s Greenhouse has given us permission to use her property as long as riders obey all the rules and the 5 mph speed limit on her property.  This ditch line will also allow the people from the Wheeler Lake Area to access the Nicolet State Trail quicker by using Thielke Road, Old 32, the ditch line on County F and then crossing County F at Whitetail Lane.  The other portion of County F by the Beach Club will allow
riders access to the Beach Club when coming from the Crooked Lake Area &
from Northern Marinette County.  The .90 of ditch line on County F will connect
with the existing trail that goes over to Crooked Lake & to the Northern
Marinette County Trail System. Please remember
this will not be open until our club installs the proper
signage
.  The signs are ordered and hopefully should be
here in a few weeks.
Riverview Report:  At our last Board of
Directors Meeting in September the Board is looking at holding a Spring 2013
Fund Raiser to raise money to help pay for the ATV signs that our club will be
putting up prior to May 1st, 2013 on the remainder of roads in the Town of
Riverview.  The Fund Raiser will be at the Riverview Town Hall on Highway 32,
more information will follow.
Doty
Report
:  The Doty Town Board has agreed to open 3 more
gravel roads in the Town of Doty in the Boulder Lake Area.  This will allow
individuals from both Campgrounds in the Boulder Lake Area to access the new
trail that was opened last fall.  These roads will be posted with ATV signs as
soon as we complete the other portion of the Boulder Lake Project with the
Forest Service and a private land owner.
Forest
Service
:  We just received a notice from the Forest Service
that they are initiating a 30 day comment period beginning September 7th on 2
projects that our club is working on, one being the Boulder Lake Project and the
other being the ATV Trail from the Nicolet State Trail just North of Mulligans
over to Sullivan Springs Road.  The Boulder Lake Project once the comment period is closed should be close to opening depending on any negative comments or reasons.  The other project may have some delay due to grant money that may be needed to install gates where this new trail crosses the cross country ski area.  We are meeting with the Forest Service on Monday September 10th and hope to have some more definitive information after that meeting.
County
T Ditch Line
:  Shawn our President and I met with Pat
Scanlan from the Oconto County Highway Department in regards to improving the ditch line that we presently use from Hwy 64 along Hwy T over to the ATV trail. The ditch line is fine to use just go the 5 mph speedlimit and be careful.  The ditch line is starting to erode some and it not flat, our plan is to do some
gravel work and put wood chips along the entire stretch to avoid more
erosion. 
Raffle
and Fund Raiser Result
:  We had a very successful Fund
Raiser on Saturday August 18th.  I want to thank all the members that helped
that day, we had a total of 25 members that worked that day.  Also thanks to all
members that attended and purchased a $100.00 raffle ticket.  A special thanks
to Dave Thompson and the Paul Bunyan Snowmobile Club for running the meat
raffle, we had in excess of 100 meat spins that day.  The proceeds from this
event will go back into creating more ATV routes/trails, the signing of all
routes/trails and the maintenance of trails (we recently repaired the trail from
County T over to Blue Spruce and now we will be repairing the ditch line along
County T).
Elections & Annual Report:  We will
have our yearly elections & go over our annual report at our next membership
meeting on Saturday October 13th at the Pine Grove Bar on County W at 10:00
am.
VIP
Ride:
  John Brantmeir, President of the Red Arrow Club and
I will be attending the VIP Ride on Friday September 14th in Tigerton WI at the
Embarrass River ATV Park.  This event is sponsored by our Wisconsin ATV
Association (WATVA) and it brings together many of our state lawmakers, state
DNR officials, Forest Service Managers along with individuals from the WI
Tourism Department.  This year the Fisher’s ATV World film crew will be there
filming the entire event.  Our job is to patrol the areas as many of the guests
that attend will be driving an ATV for the first time.
Kettle
Moraine ATV Ass
ociation:  The club that attended our
meeting and club ride is also holding an event in our area on October 13th, 2012
at the Mountain Trails Motel on the corner of Highway 64 & Highway 32.  This
is their 5th annual “Chix 4 a Cause” Cancer Ride. The ride starts at 9:00 am
with registration at 8:30 am, cost is $25.00 per family.  They will also be
holding some raffles, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles after the ride starting at
5:00 pm.  More information can be obtained on their website at: 
www.kmatva.com.
Business Gold Members:  Please
support our following Business Gold Members:  Animal’s Bear Trail Inn, Boulder
Lake Campground, Firehouse Bar, Halfway Bar, Lakewood Hardware, Lakewood Motor
Sports, Lakewood Super Valu, Lizer Lawn Care in Depere, Maple Heights
Campground, Mulligans, Pine Grove Bar, The Firelite Lounge, Timberline
Restaurant, 9 Mile Resort, J & J Contracting, Sandtrap Bar & Grill, Tebo
Lakewood Realty & Cellular, Prospect Lodge & The Beach
Club.
Next Membership Meeting
 Our last membership meeting of 2012
will be held at Pine Grove Bar on County Highway W in Doty starting at 10:00 am on Saturday October 13th.
Thanks
Jim
___________________
Jim and Patti Wisneski
pattipearl@centurytel.net
HIDDEN BEAR TRAIL ATV CLUB
August
Newsletter

Membership Meeting:  Our August Membership Meeting was held at 10:00
am on August 18th, 2012 at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn prior to our Fund Raiser.  We
had 30 members in attendance.
Membership
Report
:  We received 7 new membership applications at our
Fund Raiser on August 18th and now have a total of 122 paid members and 258
total family members.
Lakewood:  We have met with Pat Scanlan
the Oconto County Highway Commissioner on 2 separate occasions and have proposed
4 different portions of Highway F that we would like to travel in the ditch line
along County F.  We have worked with private land owner’s along with Oconto
County.  The Oconto County Highway Committee is meeting August 20th to discuss
our proposal and we should know the outcome of our request soon.  We will let
everyone know via email of the results of that meeting.  We also had a Fund
Raiser at the Super Valu Brat Stand in Lakewood on July 28th in which we made
$318.00 for our club.
Riverview
Report
:  Just a reminder that the remainder of the Town
Roads in Riverview will not open for ATV travel until May 1st, 2013.  The only
roads opened in Riverview are posted with green ATV Signs.
Doty
Report
:  We are now waiting for a 30 day scoping process
with the Forest Service.  This process started August 10th and by September 10th
we should know more regarding opening up a new trail to Boulder Lake from Blue
Spruce.  This will allow the people at Boulder Lake to access the new trail that
we opened last fall, which will give them access to the Nicolet State
Trail.
Forest Service
Report
:  We continue to work with the FS to open up new
trails in the National Forest.  Currently working with the trail over to Boulder
Lake and a new ATV trail from the Nicolet State Trail north of Mulligans over to
Crooked Lake.  We are very close in spending the $23,000 grant that we received
from the FS last year to improve the new trail that we opened last fall.  That
portion was the first 5 miles off of the Nicolet State Trail over to Mountain
Lakes Road in Riverview.  We are also applying for 2 new grants to improve the
trail/route from Blue Spruce Road in Doty to Highway T just south of Animal’s
Bear Trail Inn and also the possible new route from Blue Spruce in Doty to
Boulder Lake.  We should know the outcome of these 2 grant applications later
this fall and if approved work will begin next spring.
Elections &
Annual Report
:  The Board of Director’s at their August
Meeting decided to move the Elections & Annual Report from August to October
of each year.  We will publish an Annual Report to the membership each October
beginning this year.  Anyone interested in serving on the Board of Director’s
please contact Jim Wisneski.  Every Board positions comes up for re-election
each year.
Club
Clothing
:  We sold  over $300.00 of club clothing at our
Fund Raiser on Saturday August 18th, 2012.  If anyone is interested in club
clothing please contact Jim Wisneski and he will put you in contact with our
members that are taking care of the clothing.
Large Cash Raffle
and Fund Raiser August 18th
, 2012:  Our large cash raffle
tickets were all sold out 3 weeks before our event.  We sold a total of 100
tickets at $100.00 per ticket, we paid out 70%.  A list of the winners is posted
on our website at: 
www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.  Thanks to all the members that purchased a raffle ticket.  Our
Annual Fund Raiser was a great success and the weather was beautiful.  Thanks
goes to over 20 of our members and their families that helped at the Fund
Raiser.  Thanks also goes to the Paul Bunyan Snowmobile Club for running our
meat raffle all day.  A special thanks goes to Animal’s Bear Trail Inn & the
Schoolhouse Bar for donating a 20 gauge double barrel shotgun to raffle off.
Proceeds from this raffle goes to creating new ATV Trails/Routes, Maintain
current ATV Trails/Routes & the purchasing of all the signs for these ATV
Trails/Routes.
Pembine
Trip
:  As I stated in the last newsletter 3 couples left
from Mountain and took an overnight trip to the Four Seasons Resort in Pembine
WI on our ATV/UTV’s.  The trip was great except that the first day the
temperature was over 95 degrees which made it a bit uncomfortable.  We left the
Mountain area around 9:00 am and got to the Four Season’s resort around 3:30 pm,
with a stop for lunch at the Northwoods Bar in Athelstane.  If you have never
been to the Four Seasons Resort in Pembine it is worth the trip. it is located
on Muscano Island, they have a 9 hole golf course, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, &
a swimming pool.  The Southern Route over to the Four Season Resort was 80
miles.  The next day we left the resort and took the Northern Route back, which
was 90 miles.  The trails over to Pembine are vey nice especially the trails
right around  Athelstane.  If anyone needs directions to get to the Four Seasons
please contact Jim, the trip goes thru Oconto, Forest & Northern Marinette
Counties and you need all 3 ATV Maps to navigate the trip.
Business
Members
:  Please help support the following Business
Members, they support our efforts:  Animal’s Bear Trail Inn, Boulder Lake
Campground, Firehouse Bar, Halfway Bar, Lakewood Hardware, Lakewood Motor
Sports, Lakewood Super Valu, Lizer Lawn Care in DePere, Maple Heights
Campground, Mulligan’s, Pine Grove Bar, The Firelite Lounge, Timberline
Restaurant, 9 Mile Resort Hwy 55 White Lake, J & J Contracting, Sandtrap Bar
& Grill, Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular, & Prospect Lodge.
Remember to thank them when you stop at their businesses.
Next Meeting &
Club Ride:
  Our next meeting will be at the Firelite Lounge
in Lakewood at 10:00 am on Saturday September 8th.  Firelite Lounge is located
right across from the new Lakewood ATV Trailhead.  The Club Ride will leave at
11:00 am right from the Trailhead, we will be making the loop that we opened
last fall over to Animal’s Bear Trail Inn for lunch and then back to the
trailhead in Lakewood.  We also were contacted by the Kettle Morraine ATV Club
from West Bend WI to go along with us on our club ride.  They will be in the
area that weekend and have requested our club to show them around and
participate in our club ride.  They are also trying to arrange a cookout for our
club after the ride.  Once we finalize all the arrangements we will send an
email out to our members.
___________________
Jim and Patti Wisneski
pattipearl@centurytel.net
JULY MEMBERSHIP
NEWSLETTER
Membership
Meeting
:  The July membership meeting was held on Saturday
July 14th at the Halfway Bar at 10:00 am.  There was a total of 17 members in
attendance. The following items were discussed:
Membership
Report
:  We know have a total of 115 paying members and 228
total members.  Please welcome Lori Kohl & Carl Herrick as new 5 year
members.  Lori & Carl are both trained trail patrols and will be a positive
asset to the trail patrol program and our club.
Lakewood
Parade
:  Members of our club will ride and handout parade
beads at the annual Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday July 15th at noon in Lakewood.
We will have more info and pictures on our website at: 
www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.
Fund Raiser July
28th
:  Our club will have a Fund Raiser on Saturday July
28th from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm at Lakewood Super Valu at their Brat Barn.  The
following members have volunteered to help:  Kathy Steinbach, Lucas Steinbach,
Mark Peterson, Loren Nelson, Carl Herrick Jr., and Laurie Kohl.  Thanks for
volunteering!!!
Lakewood
Report
:  Loren Nelson reported that all roads and signs are
up in Lakewood for ATV travel and at this time we have not had any problems.
Our club has been working with Oconto County to open certain stretches of County
Highway F in Lakewood for ATV travel.  We are again meeting with Pat Scanlan,
the Oconto County Highway Commissioner on Monday July 23rd to discuss further
plans.  We are also looking at a stretch of Highway W west of Mountain by the
Pine Grove Bar and also a small stretch of County Highway T around Boulder Lake
that same day.  We will update the members on the progress of this
meeting.
Riverview
Report
:  On Tuesday July 10th at their monthly Riverview
Town Board Meeting, the Board voted to open the remainder of the Riverview Town
Roads for ATV Travel effective May 1st, 2013.  The Town Board will be writing
and publishing the new ordinance in the next few months.  Our club has suggested
that they mirror the new ordinance after the Townsend & Lakewood ATV
Ordinance’s, which include year round ATV travel on all town roads.  The Crooked
Trails club and our club have agreed to share the cost of the signs and posts.
We will keep you updated what the new ordinance will be.  The Board of Directors
will be discussing a possible fund raiser early next year to offset the cost of
signs.
Doty
Report
:  Board member Tim Stephani reported that the Town
of Doty at their monthly Board Meeting opened up 3 gravel roads in the Boulder
Lake Area.  These 3 roads will connect the Boulder Lake Campgrounds to the new
Forest Service (FS) trail that we are working on with the FS to connect with
Blue Spruce Road and the 50 mile loop that we opened last year.  We will keep
you updated on the progress on this project, everything is in place except the
FS property being opened.  Thanks Tim for spearheading this.
Forest Service
(FS) Report
:  We are in the last phases of our $23,000.00 grant that we
received from the FS last year to improve the FS trail/route between the Nicolet
State Trail & Mountain Lakes Road in Riverview.  We had a total of $7,000.00
left this year to spend on the improvements and currently our contractor is
placing more gravel in this stretch of trail.  You should notice more
improvements when you travel this trail with your ATV.  We also heard from
Oconto County that our Grant Request thru the DNR has been approved to complete
the new construction on a .17 mile of new trail to connect the detour area that
we are currently using around Island Lake Road and Star Lake Road.  Once the
County receives the money and we get the ok from the FS this project will be
completed and we will then be able to eliminate the detour around that area and
get off of 3 miles of blacktop.  We are working on 2 other projects with the FS,
one being a route from the Nicolet State Trail north of Mulligans over to the
Golf Course area and to Old 32 and then over to Sullivan Springs Road the other
is the Boulder Lake project.  We will continue to update you on the progress of
all 3 projects.
DNR Safety Course
& DNR Trail Patrol Training
:  On July 5th & 6th our
club sponsored a DNR Safety Certification Class at the Doty Town Hall.  We had a
total of 39 students and 8 instructors from 4 different clubs.  Anyone born after January 1st, 1988 must have a DNR Safety
Certification Card to drive a ATV on public trails, routes or a designated ATV
road.
  All 39 students received their DNR
Certification Card.
  A picture of the graduates and an article is
on our website at: 
www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.  Thanks to the Town of Doty for letting us use their beautiful air
conditioned Town Hall.  On Saturday June 30th our club participated in the DNR
Trail Patrol update training.  6 members from our club attended this training
and are now re-certified as Trail Patrol members.
Large Raffle
Update
:  We have 67 tickets sold out of 100.  We are ahead
of last years pace but tickets are still available.  If you still would like to
purchase a $100.00 ticket for a 1 – 100 chance to win $3000.00 please email me
or call me at 715-276-6612.  You also have a 1 in 7 chance to at least win your
money back or more.
Fund Raiser August
18th, 2012
:  Our Fund Raiser this year will be at Animal’s
Bear Trail Inn on Saturday August 18th, 2012 from Noon to 6:00 pm with the
drawing of the Large Cash Raffle at 6:00 pm.  We will have “the wheel of meat”
raffles thru out the day, 50-50 raffles, food, refreshments and fun, please mark
your calendar and tell your family and friends.  Anyone that would like to help
with this event please email or call me.  The profits from these events goes
toward the maintenance of ATV trails, signs and the safe education of the ATV
Sport.
Next Membership
Meeting
:  Our next membership meeting will be the day of
our Fund Raiser at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn at 10:00 am.  Our September meeting
will be held at the Firelite Lounge in Lakewood starting at 10:00 am with a club
ride to follow.  We may have another club from Southern Wisconsin join us that
day, more info will follow regarding the club ride and meeting that
day.
Pembine ATV
Ride
:  Between all the meetings and other duties, I still
find time to go out and enjoy an ATV Ride.  Monday July 16th, my wife Pat &
I and 2 other couples are riding our ATV’s over to the Four Season’s Resort in
Pembine on Muscano Island.  Our plan is to take the southern route into
Marinette County and back the next day on the Northern Route back thru Wabeno, a
total of 170 miles for the 2 day trip.  We will try to take pictures and give
you a report on our ride next month.  Hope to see you on the
Trails!!!
Jim
___________________
Jim and Patti Wisneski
pattipearl@centurytel.net
HIDDEN BEAR TRAIL ATV CLUB
JUNE 2012
NEWSLETTER
The June ATV Membership Meeting was held on Saturday June 9th, 2012 at 10:00 am at Mulligan’s Sports Bar, Lakewood WI.
The following was the information that was shared with the membership:
Membership Report:  We have a total of 113 paying members and a total of 205 family members.
Website
Update
:  We continue to update our website on a weekly basis.  We have a link to Oconto County on our website where you can find the up-to-date Oconto County ATV map.  We also have all the new info in regards to the new UTV bill & the new license plate information.  Please visit our website at
ww.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.
Mountain
Parade
:  Our club participated in the Annual Mountain Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 27th.  We had our “Hidden Bear” Float in the parade along with 12 ATV’s and UTV’s.  We handed out over 40 pounds of candy to children along the parade route.  It was a beautiful day and fun was had by all.
Lakewood
Report
:  All the Lakewood Town Roads were officially opened for ATV/UTV travel effective May 1st, 2012.  We are currently working with Pat Scanlan the Oconto County Highway Commissioner to open portions of Highway F.
We met with Pat in May and gave him the information on what portion’s of Highway
F we would like opened for ATV/UTV travel.  Pat contacted our club and wanted us
to look at different alternative’s in regards to using Highway F for ATV/UTV
travel.  We have contacted some private land owner’s to use their property
rather than Highway F, once we get our alternative plan in place, we will
present it to Pat Scanlan.  We still plan on getting portion’s of Highway F
opened but must look at all alternatives before we present it to Oconto County.
We will keep the membership informed on the progress of this project.
Riverview
Report
:  On May 29th our club attended a Planning Commission Meeting in the Town of Riverview.  The Planning Commission voted to hold a public forum tentatively set for June 23rd, 2012 at the Riverview Town Hall at 10:00 am to open the remaining roads in the Town of Riverview for ATV/UTV travel.  Currently there are 64 roads in the Town of Riverview open for ATV\UTV travel.  We will need all member’s including business members to attend the forum.  The purpose of the forum is to assist the Planning Commission on making their decision in regards to opening the remainder of the roads in the Town of Riverview for ATV/UTV travel.  The information regarding this meeting will be advertised in the local newspapers.  I will send out a separate email when we get closer to the date to remind people of this important meeting.  The Planning Commission will use the information gathered at this forum and will decide to either approve/disapprove the use of all town roads for ATV/UTV travel.  If the Planning Commission approves it will then be forwarded to the members of the Riverview Town Board for a vote.
Doty
Report:
  We continue to have discussion with town officials regarding opening more roads in the Town of Doty.  If you would like to contact the Doty Town Officials in regards to this, please go to their website at:
www.townofdoty.org/town-contact for a list of town officials
Forest
Service (FS) Report
:  We met with FS official Darrell Richards on May 30th in regards to a few of our FS projects.  The first one was the new construction of a .17 mile route between Island Lake Road and Star Lake Road in the Town of Riverview.  This project is the continuation of the new trail/route that we opened last fall.  Currently their is a detour between these 2 roads thru the Forest Service Property due to some wetlands.  We have applied or a WI DNR grant to complete this project and we will find out the results of that grant request sometime in August.  We hope shortly after that we can complete the new construction and the project will be complete.  The 2nd project was to complete the maintenance on the remainder of the FS route that we opened last fall between the Nicolet State Trail and Mountain Lakes Road in the Town of Riverview, we have $6700.00 of the $23,000 we received last year to spend to complete more maintenance on that part of the new trail.  Our contractor will be completing that work soon, so you should see some improvements on that portion of the new route.  The 3rd project that we looked at that day was a new route from Blue Spruce Road in Doty to the Boulder Lake Campground area, we met with the 2 owner’s of the Boulder Lake Campgrounds and discussed this area and the area where the private land owner has given us permission to cross his land to complete this route.  More information on this project will be forthcoming.  The 4th and last project discussed was the route off of the Nicolet Trail just North of Mulligan’s over to Crooked Lake.  We have been discussing this with the FS for the past 2 years and due to this route location adjoining a ruffed grouse area it seems to be on hold.  We continue to tell the FS that this project is our #1 project and we will continue to discuss this with them.  If we can open this route/trail it will benefit all the ATV/UTV riders in the Lakewood/Townsend
area on a shorter way to Crooked Lake and to the Northern Marinette County Trail
System and a very nice ride completely thru the FS.  We will be having our
quarterly meeting today at 1:00 pm with the FS and hopefully we have additional
information regarding all of these projects.
Large
Raffle Update
– We still have tickets that are not sold.
If you are interested in purchasing a ticket for a chance to win $3,000.00 please contact Jim at
715-276-6612 or email at
hiddenbeartrailatvclub@centurytel.net.
Fundraiser August 18th, 2012:  Our
annual fundraiser will be Saturday August 18th, 2012 at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn
from noon – 6:00 pm.  We will have a “wheel of meat” raffle, 50-50 raffles,
other prize raffles, food, beverages and fun.  We will also have our annual
meeting that day with elections starting at 10:00 am.  We still need a lot of help with this fundraiser, we need
raffle ticket sellers, food servers, cashiers etc.  If you can help please
contact Jim at the above number or email address.
  More
info regarding this will be forthcoming.  Please mark your calendars for a fun
day.
Club
Clothing
:  We will have additional club clothing at our
Fundraiser on August 18th, 2012.
Business
Members
:  Please support the following Business Members of
our club:  Animal’s Bear Trail Inn, Boulder Lake Campground, Echo Valley
Campground, Firehouse Bar, Halfway Bar, Lakewood Hardware Lakewood Motor Sports,
Lakewood Super Valu, Lizer Lawn Care in Depere WI, Maple Heights Campground,
Mulligan’s, Pine Grove Bar, The Firelite Lounge, Timberline Restaurant, 9 Mile
Resort, Hwy 55, White Lake, J & J contracting, Sandtrap Bar & Grill
& Tebo Lakewood Realty & Cellular. 
Next
Meeting:
  Halfway Bar July 14th, 10:00 am, Highway 32
Mountain 
___________________
Jim and Patti Wisneski
pattipearl@centurytel.net
HIDDEN BEAR TRAIL ATV
CLUB
MAY 2012
NEWSLETTER
Our first 2012 ATV Membership Meeting
was held on Saturday May 12th, 2012 at 10:00 am at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn.  The
following was the information that was shared with the membership:
Membership Report:  We have a total of
111 paying members and a total of 202 total members
Website
Update
:    We continue to update our website on a weekly
basis.  We have a link to Oconto County on our website where you can find the
up-to-date Oconto County ATV map.  We also have all the new info in regards to
the new UTV bill and the new license plate information.  Please visit our
website at
www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.
Roger
Steinbach Memorial
:  On May 5th our club sponsored a
memorial ride and memorial ceremony for our vice-president Roger Steinbach who
passed away last November.  We had a total of 31 ATV’s/UTV’s leave the trailhead
in Lakewood at 10:00 am.  Rider’s included our Wisconsin ATV Association (WATVA)
President, Randy Harden, along with our WATVA Northeast Region Representative
Terry Coplein.   We arrived at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn and had another 50 people
for the Memorial Ceremony that started at Noon.  A memorial sign was placed on
the trail by Roger’s wife Kathy and son’s Lucas & Jason.  A lunch followed
the ceremony sponsored by the Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club.  Please visit the
WATVA website for additional information regarding the ceremony at
www.watva.org.
Lakewood
Report
:  All of the town roads in Lakewood were officially
opened on Tuesday May 1st, 2012.  Club members worked 2 days to put up all the
signs on all the town roads.  The Lakewood town roads will be open year round
for ATV travel.  The speed limit on all town roads is 20 mph unless posted
differently.  Highway F & Highway 32 in the Town of Lakewood are not opened
for ATV travel.  We are currently working with Oconto County and some private
landowners to open some sections of Highway F to allow access to the Nicolet
State Trail.  We will continue to update you with info regarding Highway F.
Please remember riding ATV’s on town roads is a privilege not a right so please
abide by all rules or the privilege
can be taken away.  The
signs were purchased by our club.
Riverview
Report
:  We are currently working with the Town of
Riverview to open additional roads on a road by road basis.  Opening up all the
town roads in Riverview is still a club goal and we will continue to work with
resident’s and town officials to reach our goal. 
Doty
Report
:  Our club unsuccessfully worked on getting
additional town roads in the Township of Doty.  We currently have a total of 7
gravel roads in Doty that connect with our new 50 mile trail/route that we
opened last fall.  Our Board Members attended planning commission meetings in
February and the Board Meeting in March and at the Board Meeting in March all 3
town officials voted not to open any additional roads in Doty.  We will continue
to work with Town Officials on opening roads for ATV travel in
Doty.
Forest
Service Report
:  Our club is currently working with the
Forest Service to finish our new route that we opened last fall off of the
Nicolet State Trail.  We currently have a detour between Island Lake Road &
Star Lake Road in the Town of Riverview.  We have a grant request in with the
Forest Service and Oconto County to construct a new .20 mile trail around a
water issue.  The outcome of this grant should be finalized in August and
hopefully the new trail will be constructed after August.  We are also working
with the FS on a new trail North of Mulligan’s in Lakewood, off of the Nicolet
State Trail, that will connect a west to east trail from South of Lakewood over
to Crooked Lake, riders from Lakewood & Townsend area will benefit with a
shorter ride to Crooked Lake if and when this trail is opened.  The other
project is a new trail from Blue Spruce Road in Doty thru FS property over to
Highway T and the Boulder Lake Area.  We have secured the permission from a
private landowner at Boulder Lake to connect this new route and we are now
waiting for the FS to meet with us to discuss this again.
Mountain
Memorial Day Parade
:  Our club will participate with a
parade float in the Mountain Memorial Day Parade again this year.  The parade is
scheduled at noon on Sunday May 27th.  Any club members that want to ride in
the parade with their ATV’s/UTV’s should be at the old Mountain School Building
at 11:30 am on County W west of Mountain.
Large
Raffle & Fundraiser August 18th, 2012
:  Our club will
hold it’s annual Fundraiser on Saturday August 18th from noon – 6:00 pm at
Animal’s Bear Trail Inn, Hwy T & 64, Mountain WI.  We will have meat
raffles, 50-50 raffles, food and beverages all day.  We also will need club
member’s to help that day, a later email will be requesting help that day.  We
will also be having our large raffle ticket sales again this year.  We have
already started selling these tickets.  We are selling only 100 tickets, with
the first prize of $3000.00 cash to the winner.  We are also giving away another
13 cash prizes, which means if you buy a ticket you will have a 1 in 7 chance to
win.  Tickets are $100.00 a piece and can be purchased by contacting our
secretary Jim Wisneski at 715-276-6612 or email at
hiddenbeartrailatvclub@centurytel.net.
License
Plate Info and UTV Bill:
  Effective July 1st, 2012 the new
UTV bill will be a permanent law.  Along with making UTV’s legal the new law
included the requirement to install a License Plate on your ATV/UTV.  The
license plate information is on our website and the WATVA website.  The plate
must be a minimum of 4 inches in height and 7 1/2 inches wide, plate must be
white with black lettering with a minimum of 1 1/2 inches high with a minimum
3/16 inch stroke.  The plate only needs the 4 registration numbers and two
letters that follow (same as on the registration decal), owner shall maintain
the plate so it is in legible condition and plate shall be attached to the rear
of the vehicle.  Again for more information including the reason for the license
plate please visit the WATVA website at: 
www.watva.org.
Accomplishment since August 2009:  The
following information was shared with the membership:  Our club has opened a 50
mile ATV route off of the Nicolet State Trail (along with the help from the
Red Arrow Club and the White Lake Club),  paid for and constructed a 1/2 mile
fence along Hwy T with the Red Arrow Club, paid for a culvert across Highway 64,
received a $23,000 grant from the Forest Service, worked with the Riverview to
repair Mountain Lakes Road, opened up 20 roads in the Town of Riverview, opened
up all Town Roads in the Town of Lakewood, opened up 6 town roads in Doty, paid
and put up all ATV signs in all 3 townships, planned and organized 4 successful
fundraiser’s that raised over $9,000 to open and maintain ATV trails &
routes, donated $250.00 to both the Mountain/Riverview/Doty and
Townsend/Lakewood Ambulance service, Board of Director’s attended numerous
meeting’s including the State WATVA meeting, NE WI WATVA meetings, Forest
Service Meetings, Town Board and Town Planning Meetings and increased membership
each year.
Business
Members
:  Please visit our website for a list of our
business member’s and please help support our local business’s.  They continue
to support us all year long.
Adjournment:  The meeting Adjourned at
11:30 am and our next membership meeting will be at 10:00 am on June 9th at
Mulligan’s on Highway 32 in Lakewood hope you can attend.
Jim Wisneski
Secretary

October 2011 Newsletter

The October membership  meeting was held at Firelite Lounge in Lakewood,  with 16 members and 1 guest present.  A  club ride followed the meeting on our new route that was opened September 15th.

 

WATVA GUEST:  Terry Coplein (NE District Director) from the
Wisconsin ATV Association attended our meeting and discussed the UTV permanent  bill which is currently being worked on in Madison.
We expect that bill to be passed prior to July 2012 when the temporary  bill expires.   Along with the permanent  UTV Bill, the same bill will include a self supplied license plate on the back  of each ATV/UTV.  More info on the  license plate will follow if passed.
Terry also discussed the youth bill (grandparents bill) that will
require children from the age of 12 to 16 to have an approved adult with them  when they ride on any ATV Road Routes.
Currently children from age 12 – 16 can ride on any road routes with an  adult. Terry discussed a meeting that was held with the Forest Service in  regards to allowing UTV’s larger than 50 inches wide to travel on designated  Forest Service Roads.

 

WEBSITE:  We have posted detailed directions on our  website in regards to the new Trail/Route that we opened on September 15th
from the Nicolet Trail to Highway 64 & T and then North to Townsend to  again connect with the Nicolet Trail at the Valley Inn.

 

FORESTSERVICE:  On  September 15th we opened the new trail/route that goes thru 4 miles  of FS Property that allowed us to connect from the Nicolet Trail North of  Mountain, over to Highway T & 64 and then North to Townsend back to the  Nicolet Trail.  Our Club received a  $23,000.00 grant from the FS to improve the 4 miles of trail which our  contractor worked on this summer.  The  trail is opened but we will continue to improve the 4 mile stretch thru the  FS.  The grant money expires in September  2012.  Our next project that we are
working with the Red Arrow Club and Crooked Lake Club is a new route from Lakewood over to Crooked Lake.  This will be a new route mostly thru FS property  and will decrease the distance from Lakewood  area over to Crooked  Lake and will be a trueATV Route.

 

NEWSLETTER &  MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS:  This will be our
last newsletter for 2011 and Saturday October 8th was our last
membership meeting for this year.  We  will start our 2012 membership meetings in May and our 2012 newsletter also in
May.  Any important info between now and  May 2012 will be communicated to you via email or via mail.  Please continue to check our website at www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com
or email me at hiddenbeartrailatvclub@centurytel.net.

 

TRAIL CLOSURES:  The Oconto County ATV Trail system closes
November 1st for the season and all town roads in Doty, Riverview
& Lakewood close the same date.

 

BUSINESS MEMBERS:  Please help support our business
members:  Timberline Restaurant, Firelite
Lounge, Firehouse Bar, Lakewood Hardware, Lakewood Power Sports, Lakewood
Supervalu, 9 mile resort, Animals Bear Trail Inn, Pine Grove Bar, Echo Valley
Resort, Halfway Bar, Mulligans, Maple Heights Campground & Lizer Lawn Care  in Green Bay.

 

September 2011 Newsletter

The September membership
meeting was held at Pine Grove Bar, Hwy W with a total of 12 members
present.

 

DOTY, RIVERVIEW &
LAKEWOOD UPDATE:  The Board of Director’s
are & will continue to work on getting more Town Roads open to access the
Nicolet Trail.  There are a few more
roads in Lakewood and Tar Dam Road from Sullivan
Springs to Crooked Lake
in Riverview that we are working on.

 

WEBSITE:  We are now linked with the Oconto County
Tourism Website.  This will hopefully help
our club to increase our membership and get more people to visit our
website.  Our website continues to be
updated with new information regarding trail info, road routes etc.  Please visit our website at:  www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.

 

FORESTSERVICE:  I
am happy to report that members of the club on Wednesday September 14th
will be putting up the required signs on FS property and the remainder of the
new route from the Nicolet Trail to Highway 64 & T.  This route will now connect with the route
that was opened this spring from Townsend to T & 64 from the North.  The new route will be accessed from the
Nicolet Trail 1.3 miles North of Tar Dam Road.
The total route that will start 1.3 miles North of Tar Dam from the
Nicolet Trail and will end at the Nicolet Trail North of Townsend will be
approx. 40 – 45 miles in length.  We will
send out a special email to all members when this trail is officially opened
(hopefully by the end of this week) and more specific directions at the same
time.  We will also post the directions
on our website also.

 

FUND RAISER:  Our Cash Raffle and Fund Raiser that was held
on August 20th netted a profit of $5430.99.  These funds will be used to purchase signs,
posts, maintenance and to continue to open new ATV trails and ATV Routes.  I want to thank all members that helped at
the fund raiser again and for members that purchased a $100.00 raffle ticket.

 

ANNUAL REPORT:  Our annual report was presented at the
membership meeting, anyone that would like a copy of the annual report, please
contact me via email and I will email you a copy.

 

BUSINESS MEMBERS:  Please help support the following business
members:  Timberline Restaurant, Firelite
Lounge, Firehouse Bar, Lakewood Hardware, Lakewood Power Sports, Lakewood
Supervalu, 9 Mile Resort, Animals Bear Trail Inn, Pine Grove Bar, Halfway Bar,
Mulligans, Maple Heights Campground, & Lizer Lawn Care in Green Bay.

 

NEXT MEMBERSHIP
MEETING:  Our last membership meeting for
2011 will be at the Firelite Lounge in Lakewood
on Saturday October 8th at 10:00 am.
Weather permitting we will have a club ride leaving from Firelite Lounge
after the meeting and if opened going on our new route.

 

Jim Wisneski

Secretary

Augest Newsletter
The August membership meeting and Fund Raiser was held at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn on August 20th with a total of 25 members in attendance. We now have a total of 102 members.

DOTY UPDATE: The culvert across Highway 64 & T has been completed with the cost of the gravel shared between our club and the Red Arrow Snowmobile & ATV Club. The culvert & the work was donated by Gene Fredrickson Trucking. The Gate on the O’Briens property is now completed.

LAKEWOOD UPDATE: One additional road in Lakewood has been opened, it is Boat Landing 11 Road that will connect into Marinette County from the Town of Lakewood. Please check our website at www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com for all town roads that are open in Lakewood, Riverview & Doty.

FOREST SERVICE UPDATE: We are inching closer to opening the new route from the Nicolet Trail to T & 64 in Doty. Our contractor has completed the crossing at Hwy 32 and Thelen road along with the filling of low areas along the 3.7 mile of Forest Service Property and the mowing of each side of the trail. Members of the club were out 3 days last week to brush the route. We are now waiting for the Forest Service sign design and to order the signs needed. Once the signs are received the Forest Service will contact our club to assist with putting up the signs. This route could be ready in a few weeks and our club will then sign all the town roads from the Nicolet Trail to Highway T & 64. Once this is opened ATVer’s will be able to make a 45 mile loop from the Nicolet Trail to Townsend via Highway 64 & T.

FUND RAISER SUPER VALU: Don Jackson, Loren Nelson, Jim Schommer & Dave Pitterle made $164.00 for the club at the Super Valu Brat Stand on Friday July 29th. Thanks guys!!!

ELECTIONS: Elections were held at our Membership Meeting on August 20th. The following is the result of the elections: President Shawn Fidler, Vice-President Roger Steinbach, Treasurer Mike Richling, Secretary Jim Wisneski, Board of Directors: Kathy Steinbach, Dave Pitterle, Loren Nelson, Tim Stephani, Gene Dunsirn. All terms are for one year.

LARGE RAFFLE WINNERS: The following were the winners from our large raffle event, 100 tickets were sold for $100.00 a ticket: $3000.00 Gary Dudley, $1200.00 Greg Zell, $800 The Pines, $400.00 Karen Hedman, $200.00 Kay Zimmer, $200.00 Stacie Fidler, $200.00 Dave Pitterle, $200.00 Amy Bruette, $200.00 Rick Smith, & $200.00 John Brantmeier. Thanks to all members who bought a ticket or sold tickets.

FUNDRAISER: Our Fund Raiser on August 20th was a great success. We conducted 32 meat raffles, 3 -50/50 raffles, and 2 separate raffles for a deer display and an ice auger. A report of the profits for our club will be announced at our next membership meeting. Special thanks to the following members who helped with the raffles, food and other duties: Jim Schommer, Dave & Connie Hedman, Pat Wisneski, Mariyln Treichel, Chet & Amy Bruette, Brita Kolb/Johnson, Ann Hogan, Kris & Mark Allen, Tim Stephani, Don Jackson, Dave Pitterle, Gene Dunsirn, Loren Nelson, Vince & Barb LeGreve, Gary & Char Veeser, Justin Wisneski, Animal & Amy, Lisa & Digger. All proceeds will go to maintenance, signs and working on opening new routes & trails. Thanks again and I hope I did not forget anyone that helped.

DONATIONS: The following businesses donated prizes for our raffle, please help support them: Lakewood Subway, Pour Haus, Firelite Lounge, Lakewood Hardware, Schoolhouse Bar, Scoopers, Green Lake Tap, J & J contracting, Fidler Trucking, Mountain BP, Echo Valley, Ferrell Gas, Waters Edge, 9 mile resort & Mountain Hardware. A special thanks to Mike Riching (Animal’s Bar) for donating the Ice Auger, a Super Bowl Print and a Brewer Print.

NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Saturday September 11th, 2011 at Pine Grove Bar, County W, White Lake
at 10:00 am.

Jim Wisneski
Secretary

July Newsletter

The July membership meeting was held at the Halfway Bar on Saturday July 9th with a total of 13 members in attendance.  We have gained 2 new business members since our last meeting.  Please welcome Lakewood Super Valu and Maple Heights Campground.

DOTY UPDATE:  We have received the DOT approved permit to install a culvert on the North side of Highway 64 to make the crossing from the trail across Highway 64 less of an incline.  Also we will be putting up the gate on the new fence we installed on the O’Briens property.

LAKEWOOD UPDATE:  Loren Nelson reported that he received a phone call from the Lakewood Town Clerk in regards to ATV’s riding town County Highway F.  Highway F is not open for ATV traffic.

RIVERVIEW UPDATE:  We will be picking up a new town ordinance from Riverview with all the town roads that are open for ATV travel.  We will then publish all Town Roads in Lakewood, Riverview & Doty that are open for ATV travel on our website.

FOREST SERVICE UPDATE:  The Forest Service has cut the trees at our crossing at Highway 32 & Thelen Road.  We are now waiting for the Engineer Company to finish the design for the crossing.  Once the crossing is completed and the required fill and grader work is completed the route from the Nicolet Trail to Highway 64 & T (southern route) will be opened and will connect to the route we now have open from Townsend to 64 & T.

LAKEWOOD PARADE:  Our club will have a float in the Lakewood Parade on Sunday July17th.  Anyone that would like to drive their ATV in the parade should meet at the Lakewood Cemetery by 11:30.  The club will supply beads & candy to distribute.

FUND RAISERS:  Our large fundraiser will be on Saturday August 20th from noon to 6:00 pm.  If anyone is interested in helping at the fundraiser please contact me, we need food servers and raffle sellers.  Also we still have a few $100.00 raffle tickets, if anyone is interested please contact me, First Prize is $3000.00, you have a 1 in 10 chance to win.  We also need a few helpers on Friday July 29th to help at Lakewood Super Valu to sell and cook brats & hamburgers from 10:00 to 2:00.  Contact me if you can help.

BUSINESS MEMBERS:  Please help support the following businesses that are members of our club:  Animal’s Bear Trail Inn, Boulder Lake Campground, Firehouse Bar, Halfway Bar, Lakewood Hardware, Lakewood Motor Sports, Lakewood Super Valu, Lizer Lawn Care in DePere, Maple Heights Campground, Mulligan’s, Pine Grove Bar, The Firelite Lounge & Timberline Restaurant

Jim

June 2011 Newsletter

The June membership meeting was held at Mulligan’s on Saturday June 11th with a total of 15 members in attendance.  After the meeting we had 10 members go on a club ride to Crooked Lake, the weather was chilly but we had a nice ride with no dust.  Treasurer’s report was a balance of $2504.00 and membership report is 191 total members.

WEBSITE:  We continue to post new information regarding our club and other ATV info on our website, please visit www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com

DAIRYLAND INSURANCE:  Please visit our website to get info regarding reasonable recreational vehicle insurance and by calling and getting a quote our club will be reimbursed $10.00 for each quote.

DOTY UPDATE:  Trail is now opened from Townsend to Animal’s Bar at T & 64, please see website for directions.

LAKEWOOD UPDATE:  No new road have been requested to be opened in Lakewood, we will be posting all open roads in Doty, Riverview & Lakewood on our website soon.

RIVERVIEW UPDATE:  Our club attended a Lake Association Meeting at Sunrise Lake to discuss the new roads that are open along with rules and ATV regulations.

FOREST SERVICE UPDATE:  We have received the $23,000 Grant from the Forest Service to begin work on the new route from the Nicolet Trail to T & 64.  This will complete about a 45 mile route from the Nicolet Trail north of the Lakewood Zoo thru Riverview, Doty, Wolf River and back into Townsend.  We are hopeful that this will be open sometime this year.  Updated info will be reported at our next meeting.

ELECTIONS:  We will have elections on August 20th, 2011 at our annual meeting, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer & all 5 Board members positions are up for elections.  If you are interested in running for one of these positions please contact Dave Pitterle, or Jim Wisneski.

FUND RAISER:  Our only fund raiser this year will be on Saturday August 20th, we will need a lot of help with food serving, raffle sales & raffle cashiers.  Please contact Jim if interested in helping.  Also we still have $100.00 raffle tickets for Sale if anyone is interested.

NEXT MEETING:  July 9th, 2011 at Halfway Bar, 10:am

May 2011 Newsletter

Our first 2011 membership meeting was held on Saturday May 14th at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn with 21 members in attendance.  The following is the information that was presented.:

Treasurer’s report, the club has a balance as of 5-14-2011 of $3031.82.  Membership report:  we have a total of 182 members.

NEW WEBSITE:  The Clubs new website is:  www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com

Please check out the website, it has information and directions regarding the new route we opened last weekend from T & 64 to Townsend.  Also info on ATV’s, the trial program on UTV’s, our fundraiser in August and current pictures of the ½ mile fence our club and Red Arrow Club constructed on our new route to Townsend.

WATVA ANNUAL MEETING IN WAUSAU 15, 16 & 17:   The meeting was attended by President Shawn Fidler & Secretary Jim Wisneski.  Two highlights were the Legislation that will be presented to the State was to make the temporary UTV program a permanent program starting July 1st, 2012 and introducing a “Youth on Road Routes\Youth Safety Bill”, this bill would require anyone from the age of 12 – 15 with an ATV Certificate to drive on Road Routes with their parents, or an adult approved by the individual’s parent  (i.e. grandparents, uncle, friends, etc.).

DAIRYLAND INSURANCE PROMO:  This also came out of the Annual Meeting.  The Dairyland Insurance Company will reimburse ATV clubs $10.00 per insurance quote.  The insurance will not be required to purchase just get a quote and our club will be reimbursed $10.00.  The instructions to get a quote will be posted on our website at www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.

FOREST SERVICE UPDATE:  We are still waiting to start the project from the Nicolet Trail to T & 64 via Mountain Lakes Roads to the South & West.  This project will begin as soon as we receive the $23,000.00 grant from the Forest Service.   The other project that we started with Red Arrow & Crooked Trail ATV Club is a trail from the Nicolet Trail just North of Mulligans to Crooked Lake.  We are hoping that this is completed next year in 2012.  This will make it easier to get from Lakewood/Wheeler Lake area to Crooked Lake.

RIVERVIEW, DOTY & LAKEWOOD UPDATE:  Riverview:  This winter the Town of Riverview approved roads in the Sunrise Lake Area.  Lakewood approved roads in the Wheeler Lake Area.  Doty we got 2 town roads open and constructed a ½ mile fence to complete the route from T & 64 to Townsend.  Hopefully the South route from T & 64 will be open sometime this summer.  We will be posting all the Town Roads that are open in Lakewood, Doty & Riverview on our website at:  www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.

PARADE: We again will have a float in the Mountain Memorial Day Parade, on Sunday May 28th, 2011.  The parade starts at noon.  All members are welcome to ride in the parade.  Please wear protective equipment including a helmet if you plan on riding in the parade.  Please be at the old Mountain School house on County Road W by 11:30 am to line up.  The club will furnish candy to hand out.

FUNDRAISER:  Saturday August 20th, 2011 at Animal’s Bear Trail Inn starting at Noon.  We will be drawing our big raffle starting at 4:00 pm.  We still have ticket available for our large raffle, if you are interested in purchasing a raffle ticket please contact Secretary Jim at 715-276-6612 or email at: hiddenbeartrailatvclub@centurytel.net.  If you need more info regarding the raffle please check our website at:  www.hiddenbeartrailatvclub.com.

NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING:  Our next membership meeting will be held at Mulligan’s on Hwy 32 South of Lakewood on  Saturday June 11th at 10:00 am. A club ride following the meeting will be to Crooked Lake, which will be about an hour ride or so one way.  We will leave from Mulligans, anyone that needs to unload their ATV can do so at the trailhead parking lot in Lakewood and drive south to meet at Mulligan’s.