Trail 50 Closed for Season starting October 1st!! Do not trespass !!

September 26, 2019

Signage has been installed at the top of trail 50 for the impending closure for the season on Oct 1. The landowners have very graciously allowed us to ride their properties for the lion’s share of our season. They have closed the trail so they can have some time to quietly enjoy their properties. They also do not want anyone trespassing during the hunting season. Please make note of this annual closure if you are planning a Five Points ride after the end of this month.

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New Trails Update April 30/2019 – VRT closed from Kinmount to Haliburton ++

April 30, 2019

Update – message from Haliburton County Public Works Department

“Good Afternoon all,
Please be advised that the Haliburton County Rail Trail will not open tomorrow May 1 2019. Due to trail conditions it will be closed until further notice.”
Update – News Release from the City of Kawartha Lakes – April 30/19.

“MNRF advises extreme caution when using forest access roads for outdoor activities. Many are seasonally inundated with water, prone to washouts, and may be impassable due to current water levels. The public should avoid crossing any submerged roads as there may be a risk to traveler safety.”
Update as of April 29/19
As of today all trails will open on schedule May 1st with the following exceptions due to rain and flooding:
– Trail 30 – Millenium Trail closed – to be reassessed June 1st
– Trail 96 – Millenium Trail (Expert bypass) closed – to be reassessed June 1st
– Trail 50 – route from Kinmount to 5 Points closed, the gates will remain closed and locked until further notice – to be reassessed May 15th
At the moment all other trails will open on time May 1st but please use caution when riding to prevent any damage as there may be other trails that are soft
Update!! Anyone traveling the rail trail from Superior north please be careful around the 6th concession and stay to the right side. The left or west side is quite wet.
We will provide further updates as we have them so please check this post or our website before heading out on the trails!

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KATVA Trails Open May 1st with the following exceptions…

April 30, 2019

Update as of April 29/19 – As of today all trails will open on schedule May 1st with the following exceptions due to rain and flooding:
– Trail 30 – Millenium Trail closed – to be reassessed June 1st
– Trail 96 – Millenium Trail (Expert bypass) closed – to be reassessed June 1st
– Trail 50 – route from Kinmount to 5 Points closed, the gates will remain closed and locked until further notice – to be reassessed May 15th
At the moment all other trails will open on time May 1st but please use caution when riding to prevent any damage as there may be other trails that are soft

We will provide further updates as we have them so please check this post or our website before heading out on the trails!

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CKL Approves new Bylaw for SxS trial period – May 1st to Nov 30th –

April 24, 2019

Great News Everyone!!! CKL council approved our request to amend the road bylaw which will allow side by sides to travel on any road in the City of Kawartha Lakes where ATVs are currently allowed to travel. This will allow you to ride from Kinmount all the way down into Fenelon Falls for food or gas. The only difference between ATVs and Side By Sides in the CoKL bylaws now is that ONLY ATV’s are allowed on the VRTC between Northline Rd and Garnet Graham Park, and ONLY ATV’s are allowed south of the village of Fenelon Falls on the VRTC during this 7 month trial period. No SXS are allowed south of Fenelon Falls, or on the small section of VRTC from Northline Rd to Garnet Graham Park, under any circumstances. Please respect the rules as this is only for a trial period and we are at risk of losing this privilege if we have irresponsible riders breaking the rules. We’ll post more information before the trails open on May 1st. Congratulations everyone and thank you again to our councilors, city staff, Somerville Forest committee and president Carolyn Richards for making this happen. It’s been a two year project to get this far, let’s make it a permanent bylaw change !!!!!

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Side by Sides allowed on Victoria Rail Trail north of Fenelon and in Somerville Forest for this season – a trial period

March 27, 2019

Today the City of Kawartha Lakes Council voted unanimously in favor of our proposal to allow side by sides on the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor from Superior Propane staging area north to Kinmount, as well as in the Sommerville Forest Tract on a one year trial period. There will be a width restriction of 64 inches including all modifications and a minimum age requirement of 8 years of age for all passengers, which is modeled after Reg 316/03 and applies to ATVs as well. They also discussed our request to amend the road bylaw to allow them on all roads that ATVs are currently allowed on and that will go back to council in April for a vote. Thank you to those of you who wrote letters or emails of support. We have seen those letters as well as those who were opposed and want to say how happy we are with the respectful manner in which you addressed this issue with the councilors and mayor. Thank you to all the councilors for seeing the big picture and putting your faith in our members. I have to say that the current council has been the most welcoming and receptive council I’ve ever worked with as a whole. The mayor has also been very supportive of this initiative since the beginning. A special note of thanks to councilors Kathleen Seymour-Fagan and Doug Elmslie who helped push this initiative forward at council. Last but definitely not least I want to thank former councilor and fellow Somerville Forest Committee member Dave Hodgson. Dave and I have been working together on this initiative for almost a year with countless hours spent in meetings, phone calls and emails trying to make sure we haven’t left anything out that would leave doubt in the councilors minds. We’ve done our job and now it’s up to you to do yours. We have one year to prove to council that they were right in supporting us so let’s not disappoint them or give them a reason not to make this access permanent. Before the trails open we will post more details and guidelines for the sxs use on these trails and roads. Until then, please respect the volunteers and landowners and stay off of the trails.
Carolyn Richards

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All KATVA Trails close December 1st – reopen May 2020

November 13, 2018

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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KATVA 5-points Land Purchase – Press Release –

November 5, 2018

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KATVA Trail 50 closed from October 1,2018 to May 1,2019 !!!!!

September 25, 2018

Once again, it is time to respect our landowner wishes and close trail
50 so they may enjoy their property without ATV traffic. KATVA
appreciates the fact that these land owners allow us trail access for 5
months every year. Without land owners generously granting us access every
year, our trails system would be drastically diminished. We are all looking
forward to riding trail 50 again next year.

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Hunting Season in KATVA Area

September 22, 2018
It’s hunting season in KATVA riding area. Most of our trails are in Wildlife Management Unit 60 which includes the Somerville Forest and the 5 Points, see attached map.
During these times, hunters can drive their vehicles on the Somerville trails including the rail trail, north of Burnt River for the purpose of forest access and large game extraction during the legal hunting season.
Bear- Sept. 4-Nov. 30
Deer- with bow Oct 1 – Nov 4, Nov 19-Dec 2, Dec 10 – 31  with rifles & shotguns Nov 5 – Nov 18
Moose- Oct 20 – 26
From more information-
Use caution and be respectful of the hunters.katva hunting map
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KATVA June 2,2018 Charity Poker Run – All proceeds to Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay

May 9, 2018

Saturday, June 2 at 8 AM – 6 PM

Log Chateau Park Ltd Family Campground
1691 Cty Rd 121 RR#2, Fenelon Falls, Ontario K0M 1N0

Please pre-register on our website under register for a ride – June 2nd 2018 – Charity Poker Run.

Join us for a great day of riding on some of Ontario’s most sought after trails, with a poker run, prizes, dinner and so much more, all while helping to raise money for the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation for our local community!
Ride Registration: 8:00am to 9:30am, Log Chateau Park, Fenelon Falls.

Registration is $40 per rider or participating passenger
$10 fee for passengers or guests coming for dinner only

Riders depart 8:30am to 9:30am from Log Chateau Return to Burnt River Community Centre for dinner, 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
ATV’s and Side by Sides, including passengers are welcome at this event. There will be some road riding so all riders must have a minimum G2 license and all passengers must be at least 8 years of age.
On site camping available.

A KATVA or HATVA trail pass is required for this event

Day passes will are available online for pre-purchase before the event (fastest option) as well as available to purchase day of the ride at registration for $15

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KATVA Trails – Pinery and Somerville Forest – closed until May 14th, 2018

May 2, 2018

After much discussion with our trail maintenance crew and the City of Kawartha Lakes staff, we regret to advise of the following:
“The City of Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation Division would like to advise that trails in the Pinery /Somerville Forest will be closed until May 14th, 2018 to mitigate trail damage due to wet conditions. The Victoria Rail Trail Corridor will remain open to use during this period”
Please respect the volunteers who work so hard to maintain our trails, and the City staff by staying out of the Forest until it’s opened back up.

Carolyn Richards
KATVA President

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All KATVA Trails Open May 1st – except for the Pinery and Somerville Forest

May 1, 2018

All KATVA Trails, with the exception of the Pinery and Somerville Forest are now open to ride. While ATVs are allowed throughout our trails, Side by Sides are not yet permitted on the Victoria Rail Trail, Somerville Forest or the Pinery – they are allowed on all out 5-points trails. All trails are very wet, some ice covered still, and lots of water !!

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VRT – Victoria Rail Trail Cleanup – Saturday April 28, 2018

April 17, 2018

We are having our annual VRT cleanup Saturday April 28th starting at 9am. Please come out and give us a hand with this annual cleanup – we remove all sorts of garbage left on the VRT and beside it to get the year off to a clean start. Pre-register on our website here, under Register for a Ride so we know you are coming. We will have teams leaving from various points on the VRT: coming north from Bethany, going south from Lindsay, going north from Lindsay, going north from Fenelon Falls, and coming south from Kinmount and Burnt River…come out and give us a hand !!! hope to see you there !!!

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Trail 50 only – closed from October 1st to May 1st –

October 6, 2017

Our private landowners have asked all ATVers to stay off their properties from October 1st through to May 1st, 2018… They sue their land for hunting and do not want to be disturbed ….. Please honour their wishes ..

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Culvert Replacements Underway on Fire Access Road – These are done – good to go !!!

August 28, 2017

Caution – Culvert replacements are underway on the Fire Access Road !!! Work has started and will continue until Sept 15. This is mostly grading and adding aggregate. During this time EXTREME CAUTION must be used as trucks and heavy machinery are being used. Culvert # 1 as per map will be worked on from Sept 11th to the 15th. – This area will be closed to all traffic during this time . Culvert #2 will be worked on from Sept 18th to the 29th and will be closed to all traffic. Depending on progress – there may be additional work that has not been finalized – so as we find out we will update our site. Both culverts have been replaced – all good to go !!!

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KATVA Trails Open !!! 2 exceptions !!!

May 1, 2017

KATVA Trails are open for riding with 2 exceptions !! The Millenium Trail opens June 1st – this delay is due to the amount of water on the trails and to prevent damage there. The QE II Trails are closed until further notice. Have fun and safe riding !!! Note that SxS are permitted on the 5-points trails – not on the VRT, Millenium Trail or Pinery !!!

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Volunteers needed for Trail Patrol/Wardens for 2017

April 3, 2017

We are looking for KATVA members to volunteer for the Trail Patrol for our 2017 ATV season from May 1st to November 30th. Volunteers will be scheduled according to their availability – a couple times a month over the season. Trail Patrol vests and training will be provided. For more information contact Shane Kelly – Trail Patrol Chief via email ‘’ or call 905-434-0407.

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KATVA and TMSC Bridge Repair – Trail 40 reopened

October 1, 2016

Bridge work has been completed on Trail #40. Trail #40 is now reopened for use.

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Trail #50 – REOPENED – to KATVA and HATVA members only !!!

July 27, 2016

We have some great news for our KATVA members. TRAIL #50 HAS BEEN REOPENED TO KATVA/HATVA PASS HOLDERS. Notice the new signs at both ends of the Private Property. The Landowner has graciously allowed us to continue to use the trail – he insists that only KATVA (or HATVA) pass holders are permitted – all others would be trespassing !!! He also does not want dirt bikes or off road trucks or jeeps using the trail on his property. Thanks to Ron Genereaux and Gary VonRoden for working out this arrangement with him. Note that the Landowner is frequently on the property and his fire pit and clearing are very close to trail. Please slow down and use caution when on his property. The section of trail going through his property is only 300 ft long, but the entire trail is on private property. There are 3 other landowners on that trail, so please stay on the trail.

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