Annual Memberships Good for 12 Months

November 18, 2020

This is just a reminder that KATVA trail permits are good for 12 months from the date of purchase so you can still buy them now and they are good until this time next year. Our trail permits are recognized on the following trail systems:

  • Kawartha ATV Association
  • Algonquin West ATV Club
  • Lake of Bays ATV Club
  • Haliburton ATV Association
  • Quad Niagara

If you’re looking for winter trails our sister clubs Lake of Bays and Quad Niagara have groomed winter trails.

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Trail 50 closed to all but landowners from Oct 1st – May 1st

October 4, 2020

Reminder to all…Trail 50 is now closed to all ATVs , UTVs, and dirt bikes!! This is private property used for hunting. Please respect the landowners rights to their property!!

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Hunting Season Starts – Trail 50 Closed to All

September 17, 2020

As hunting season approaches please remember that as of October 1st KATVA trail #50 will be closed to all motorized users. The is at the request of the multiple landowners on that trail who made this a condition of allowing us to keep a trail through their property and we completely respect their request. This is the trail that goes from the 5 points to Crystal Lake Rd and connects with the village of Kinmount. Please respect our landowners and stay off this trail as of October 1st until the trails reopen next spring.

Each individual should verify the hunting season dates for their specific areas. The hunting season dates for those areas including our trails are as follows:

Bear

  • September 1 – November 30

Moose

  • Rife, Shotgun, etc: October 24 – 30

Deer

  • Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzle Loader and Bow: November 2 to 15
  • Black Powder: November 30 –  December 6
  • Bow only: October 1 – November 1, November 16 – 29, December 7 – 31

 

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New Gates on VRTC

September 9, 2020
Please note that the City of Kawartha Lakes has started installing the first of many gates to be put up to control the size of ATVs and SxS allowed on the trails as well as keep cars and trucks off of the trails. The first set of gates installed this week was just north of Superior Propane.
As we’ve said since the beginning of the pilot project the maximum width allowed on the VRTC and Somerville Forest is 64 inches and they are going to start enforcing this width moving forward. The gate opening is 68 inches so even if your machine came from the manufacturer at 64 inches and you modify it beyond that you won’t be able to use the trails. The fine for having an unauthorized motor vehicle on the trail is $400. Do not drive around the gates as that is causing damage and will jeopardize the pilot project for SxS that ends this fall.
If you are parking at Superior staging area and have a larger machine your only option is the 5 points trails and you can drive up Cty Rd 121 to get to the 3rd Concession and then cut across to the 5 points. The same restrictions don’t apply to our trails in the 5 points although some trails are a tight fit for the larger machines.
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VRT – Kinmount – Storm/Tornado Damage Cleaned Up

August 3, 2020

The Victoria Rail Trail in the area of Kinmount is re-opened after being closed due to trees blocking it from August 2nd’s tornado. 

A big thank you to our Volunteers for their quick and thorough work!  Great job!

 

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VRT Temporary Closure – Mount Horeb Rd to Crosswind Rd

July 22, 2020
Please be advised that drainage work is scheduled to take place on Thursday July 23rd along the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor. This work will require the closure of the trail between Mount Horeb Road and Crosswind Road in Ops Township.
Signage of the closure will be posted at the intersections of Mount Horeb Rd and the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor and Crosswind Rd and the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor.
The trail will be closed in this section between 8am and 1pm in order to complete the required work.
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VRT – Rules & Regulations

June 8, 2020

Know before you ride.  It is your responsibility to be aware of the Rules and Regulations for using the VRT.

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Watch for Turtles

June 5, 2020

Time to watch out for turtles!

They’re laying eggs in the parking lots as well as on the trails.

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All Trails in 5 Points Officially Open

May 31, 2020

A big shout out to all our landowners! All the trails in the 5 points are now officially open! We had one trail that was still gated but it’s open now. Thank you to all the landowners in the 5 points who support motorized users including ATVs, snowmobiles, off road trucks and dirt bikes for letting us share your land with you and thank you to the MNRF for recognizing the trail user groups such as us as land stewards. We wouldn’t have a complete trail system without all of you. Thank you to the other trail organizations such as TMSC, BDSC, OF4WD, OFTR and COORJC for being our trail partners. We’re looking forward to another great year working together managing and maintaining the trails for all our our collective members.

To all of our riders, don’t forget that it’s because of the generosity of the landowners whether they are private citizens that we have access to some of the best trails in Southern Ontario. Please respect the gift they have given us by opening their trails to us.

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Construction Work on the VRTC

May 28, 2020

Construction has now begun on the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (VRTC) from Northline Road to north of the Burnt River Bridge. The trail isn’t necessarily closed but from time to time they may have it blocked off for safety reasons so please use caution and respect the crews out there working.

They are going to do what they can to address the washboard section from the 3rd concession going north but because the trail is built on a swamp the repairs on that section may not last.

This project was contracted in 2019 but weather and other issues pushed the job out and the contractor couldn’t start the project until now. The cost of the project is $100,000 and is being split 50/50 between the City of Kawartha Lakes and KATVA. The KATVA team commits $50,000 annually to the resurfacing and repair of the VRTC and has done so for a number of years to make the trail more enjoyable and safe for all users including walkers and cyclists. The VRTC is 85 kms long and is a never ending project. We have spent over $200,000 on the VRTC since 2016 including this project. We are looking at doing some work on the VRTC in the Bethany area next. We try to focus on the areas that need it the most first.

Please obey the speed limits and watch the trail ahead of you when riding.

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Haliburton Rail Trail Remains Closed

May 28, 2020

Unfortunately we just received the following notice directly from the County of Haliburton….” The Rail Trail remains closed to use by motorized vehicles as long as we remain under a Provincial State of Emergency. ”

This means that the Haliburton Rail trail will not open this weekend, May 30th, as we had hoped it would.  Please respect this decision at this time and we will keep you posted of changes as they happen.

The Victoria Rail Trail remains open to motorized users.

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Victoria Rail Trail Maintenance – May 27, 2020

May 26, 2020

Important Notice that a section of the VRTC between Fenelon Falls and Northline Road will be closed to all traffic on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 for the removal of a large hazardous tree. Please avoid that section of the trail for the day.

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Where Can You Ride With Your KATVA Pass?

May 21, 2020

Are you wondering where you can ride with your KATVA trail pass? Let us clear up any confusion for you…..

Over 10 years ago Kawartha ATV Association and Haliburton ATV Association formed a reciprocal agreement to allow our members to ride each others trails. It’s the longest and most successful reciprocal agreement in Ontario to this day.

Over the years other organizations have come on board
– Algonquin West ATV Club
– Lake of Bays ATV Club
– Quad Niagara

We all run on reciprocal agreements and run our clubs individually but work together behind the scenes to provide our collective membership the best connected trail system in Ontario. What this does for us is it allows to be able to build and open new trails every single year.

We offer over 3000 kms of mapped trails for our members and by that we mean “real” trails, not roads. The road access is just a bonus. We have everything from rail beds to white knuckle rock climbs and everything in between. If you’re looking for mud holes we have plenty of those too. Not to leave out Quad Niagara because they are an equally important part of our group. It amazes us every day that this club has been able to secure trails in an area such as there’s and we are happy to have them on board with us.

We even own some of our trail system. Yes that’s right, in 2019 KATVA purchased our first block of land within the 5 points trail system to guarantee our riders would never lose access to those trails.

We all work well together because we respect each other and all want the best for our members. We also pool our resources and volunteers at times to work on larger trail projects. We are trail partners and most importantly friends.

So for $125.00 membership fee you can be a part of our “Family of Clubs” and ride our amazing trail systems. What are you waiting for?……………..

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Mapping Tool now available – Polaris Ride Command

May 20, 2020

We’ve done it again!!! KATVA has partnered with Polaris Ride Command to offer our members access to a mapping tool that’s available for use on your PC as well as in a free app. Just go to the app store and search Polaris Ride Command or google it on your PC. Once you’re in the map search Kawartha ATV Association and it will direct you to our trails. There’s also a link there to take you to our website to buy your trail pass.

Polaris is still developing and updating this product all the time so we look forward to seeing what changes they come out with. There are some limitations such as we cannot clearly distinguish roads from trails but if you zoom in you will see the KATVA trail number or name of the road appear. The roads we have identified are the ones that are the quickest and safest links between trails. Use the legend to distinguish the difference between trails that are large enough for all OHVs up to 64 inch SxS and those that are only wide enough for ATVs and 50 inch SxS.

Please remember that this is only a tool and if you have any questions about the trails, access or level of difficulty you should always refer to our website or contact us for more information.

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KATVA Trails Open – some restrictions and exceptions !!

May 12, 2020

The day is finally here!!! The trails are officially open. Before heading out please make sure you understand the following and adhere to it:
– Passes will only be sold online until further notice. If you are not already a member or are due to renew your membership go to www.katva.ca to purchase your membership and print off your paypal receipt along with the temporary pass and carry them with you or be sure they are accessible on your smart phone.
– If you do not already have a residence here please make sure that you bring your own food and plenty of gas for duration of your stay as we have limited services available and do not want to overburden our communities
– Do not ride around in the towns such as Fenelon Falls and Kinmount unless it’s just to connect between the trails.
– Do not ride in groups of more than 4 as tickets will be issued by law enforcement when necessary
– Do not congregate in parking lots, parks, staging areas or on the trails, again provincial restrictions still apply
– The fine for riding without a trail pass has been increased to $305 and will be enforced
– There will be a heavier presence of non-motorized users on the trails so please reduce your speeds and be mindful of others on the trail for everyone’s safety and enjoyment of the trails
– SxS are only allowed on the trails from Northline Road north to Kinmount and in the Somerville Forest and the 5 points
– The maximum width for a SxS allowed is 64 inches
– All passengers on ATV and SxS must be a minimum of 8 years of age
The following trails are still temporarily closed:
Trail 96 – Millenium Trail
Trail 93 – Millenium Trail
Trail 50 – 5 Points
If you see any problems on the trails please take photos if possible and text them to 705-328-0931 or send us a pm

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Trails Open May 12, 2020

May 6, 2020

May 12th is the date!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After many discussions between ourselves, municipal staff and council members The City of Kawartha Lakes has confirmed that the trails will open to motorized users as of May 12th and therefore we will also be opening the 5 points trails as of the same date. There will however be some guidelines that will have to be followed to make this successful for everyone involved so that we can continue to protect our local communities:

– Passes will only be sold online until further notice. If you are not already a member or are due to renew your membership go to www.katva.ca to purchase your membership and print off your paypal receipt along with the temporary pass and carry them with you or be sure they are accessible on your smart phone.
– If you do not already have a residence here please make sure that you bring your own food and plenty of gas for duration of your stay as we have limited services available and do not want to overburden our communities
– Do not ride around in the towns such as Fenelon Falls and Kinmount unless it’s just to connect between the trails.
– Do not ride in groups of more than 5 as provincial restrictions also apply to the trails and parks and tickets will be issued by law enforcement when necessary
– Do not congregate in parking lots, parks, staging areas or on the trails, again provincial restrictions still apply
– The fine for riding without a trail pass has been increased to $305 and will be enforced
– There will be a heavier presence of non-motorized users on the trails so please reduce your speeds and be mindful of others on the trail for everyone’s safety and enjoyment of the trails

You will see a heavier presence of trail patrol, bylaw officers and the OPP on the trails and in the park areas to make sure that these guidelines are being followed. This is a trial opening of the trails and if riders don’t respect these rules and guidelines then the municipality is prepared to close the trails down again.

We have permission to extend the pilot project allowing the use of SxS on the trails from Fenelon Falls north to Kinmount (stay off the trail and use the roads from Garnet Graham Park to Northline Rd) until we are able to go back to council to have it passed permanently.
– Remember the width restriction is still 64 inches
– All passengers on an ATV or SxS must be a minimum of 8 years of age or older and be able to be secured by the harnessing system in a SxS, and they must have an approved helmet on, no bicycle helmets

“This announcement follows consultation with our community partners and aligns with the recent directives from the province for the reopening of some seasonal and outdoor businesses. Physical distancing and safety protocols must be followed at all times. Affected services will be monitored closely and you can expect to see an increased presence of local law enforcement to ensure public safety is maintained.” …from the City of Kawartha Lakes

We respect and appreciate the City of Kawartha Lakes staff and council members for allowing us the opportunity to get back out on the trails during such difficult times. As always they have been great to work with and we appreciate their reasonable approach and their confidence in our organization to be able to manage the opening of the trails and keep the trails safe for all users. Now it’s our turn as members to show them our gratitude by riding safely and responsibly.

Carolyn Richards,
President

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It’s May 1st – KATVA Trails are not opening on time !!! Trying for May 12th – watch this space !!

May 1, 2020

May 1st is here and for the first time in the 10 years I’ve been involved with the club the trails are not opening on time. I just want you to know that we are actively working on a solution to open the trails soon. I’ve had many discussions with City staff and councilors, and they in turn have been working with the health unit over the last week addressing any concerns they may have about opening the trails. We are hoping to come up with a plan that will allow us to open the trails while still keeping our community safe. There are so many variables that have to be considered, it’s not as simple as some of you may think. It’s not just about whether you are safe once you are on the trails, it’s about people traveling from other areas to our community to ride, purchasing passes at retailers, the safety of our trail patrol teams, increased pedestrian traffic on the trails, and the list goes on. We understand that for some riding is an important part of their mental health especially at times like this, but we also have to protect our most vulnerable residents and members. We are still working towards an opening date on May 12th and will keep you posted. I do ask that you respect those of us who give up so much of our personal time and work so hard to give you some of the best trails in Ontario to ride and stay off the trails until they are officially opened. Don’t make our jobs harder than they already are. Thank you to those who are mindful and showing their support.

Carolyn Richards
President

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KATVA Trails closed – may open May 12th – depending on Province Guidelines

April 27, 2020

Important Notice! We’ve had several conversations with City of Kawartha Lakes staff and the mayor and staff have confirmed that they are hoping to open the trails on May 12th if the state of emergency is lifted at that time. We will follow the same guidelines with the opening of the 5 points trails, including our own property. Please remember that this is a goal date and anything can happen to change that date between now and then. There is absolutely no guarantee. Please respect the rules and stay off the trails until they are officially opened. We will keep you posted as things change.
Carolyn Richards,
President, KATVA

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All KATVA Trails are closed – stay off

March 27, 2020

Yesterday I received a call from City staff regarding ATVs on the trails and the amount of damage that’s being caused to the trails. Damage that we will have to pay to repair from funds we have set aside for other projects in 2020 such as building new trails and putting up signage in the Somerville forest. This letter came from the same staff who work with us every year to make sure that you have amazing trails to ride. They are also the same staff who are working with us to give SxS access to the trails and authorize us to build new trails. We have built an amazing relationship with the staff and council in this municipality and it’s time for those who continue to ruin it for the rest of us to stop their selfish behaviour. Show some respect to our organization and to the municipality and stay off the trails! Absolutely NO KATVA trails are open to ATVs or off road motorcycles until May 1st. If you know someone who is riding the trails, speak up and let them know it’s not ok. They are jeopardizing your privilege to ride the trails when the season opens and they are costing you new trails to ride. Whether we are paying for repairs or paying for paid duty OPP enforcement, your membership dollars are paying for their selfish behavior! Trail patrol and enforcement will be out starting today and anyone seen on the trails will be reported.

Carolyn Richards,
President

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All KATVA Trails close December 1st – reopen May 2020

November 27, 2019

All KATVA Trails close to ATVs and SUVs on December 1st. We share a lot of the snowmobile trails and they are theirs for the winter months. Do not ride!!! It causes damage to the snowmobile trails groomed by the snowmobile clubs !!

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