KATVA and BDSC maintenance crews were out May 19th to examine damages to the Salerno Creek bridge, located on our trail #55, about 3 Km north of Salmon Lake Rd. The bridge is closed to all traffic until necessary repairs can be made. Work will commence as a joint project, including OF4WD, as soon as materials can be sourced. This will require a major rebuild of one end of the 38 foot bridge. We’ll advise when the bridge is re-opened, but please stay out of this area until then.
Saturday April 23rd was Victoria Rail Trail Cleanup day for the KATVA team of volunteers. More than 40 volunteers cleaned up garbage and debris along the entire 84 km length of the VRTC from Bethany to Kinmount. We get special permission from the City of Kawartha Lakes to be on the trail for one day to do the cleanup before the trails open May 1st.
While the VRTC is a multi-use trail, this cleanup day is an important community service we provide as the largest population of trail users i…n the City of Kawartha Lakes. We continue to strive to keep the trail clean and safe for all users including walkers, cyclists, horseback riders, snowmobilers and ATVers.
This is also an important day for many KATVA families who bring their young ones out to help with the cleanup, while learning a very important lesson about volunteering in their community. We also can’t forget the youth volunteers who came out on their own to earn volunteer hours. These young people are the future of our organization.
It’s days like this that make us all proud to be a part of the KATVA team.
It’s with great disappointment that we must announce the permanent closure of two main trails in our 5 Points trail system. Trails #46, off Bass Lake Road, and… trail #50, which is the main route to Kinmount have both been closed at the request of landowners. In all fairness to these landowners, they have been very patient and generous over the years, allowing us to use these trails on their private property. Unfortunately, due to lack of respect shown to these landowners, they have decided to close the trails to ATV’s and will be erecting barriers to block access. One of the landowners has actually caught ATV riders cutting new trails on his property without his knowledge and permission, and it was done during the hunting season, when the trails are closed to ATV’s and the landowner uses his property to hunt. Riders have repeatedly argued with them that the 5 Points is all Crown Land, which it is not. Please mark your maps accordingly and obey No Trespassing signs when out on the trails. Please note that both parties acknowledged that the riders they had problems with were not members of KATVA. This makes it even more important for us to continue to educate others about riding responsibly. We will post a phot map of these asap.
KATVA Trail #50 Now Closed – This trail is on private property, so please respect the landowners and stay off the trail.
This trail starts at Crystal Lake Rd and goes South where it intersects with Trail #41, and the entire trail is on parcels of private property. One of the landowners on this trail wants to use the land with his family for the first time in many years and has asked that the trail be closed. Please respect the landowners decision and stay off this trail completely. This map below shows an alternate route you can use – it uses Chrystal Lake Road and the fire access road from the North Junction. In the meantime, KATVA and Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club will be working on a solution to try to re-route this trail in future. We don’t expect the trail to re-open this season. Thank you.
Bass Lake Trail (40) E108 from Bass Lake all the way to the fire access road near Loom Lake will be undergoing some major repairs from now untill mid December. Please !!! Avoid that trail and be mindful that there will be large machinery working there to bring us even better safer trails for 2015.
The project will start on Monday Nov.17 for the next few weeks. “ LARGE EQUIPMENT” will be on TRAIL #40 & #46 from Bass Lake to the Forest Access Road (North Junction). Trucks will be hauling in to the North Junction from the Crystal Lake Road.
Alternatively you can use old logging or concession lake to go through the fivepoints from bass lake road to the fire access road until December 1st, when our trails close for the winter.
Enjoy and ride safe
Check out the photo gallery – Lots of ongoing trail maintenance work is underway – both in the VRT, Somerville Forest, Pinery and the 5-points areas. Volunteers are out often – trimming back the dense underbrush, removing thorn bushes, blackberries and trees that have fallen on the trails. They are working hard to keep the trails passable and safe. If you see them on the trails, pass them cautiously – they often can’t hear you coming with the noise from their equipment or their safety wear. Stop and thank them for the terrific job they are doing !! Special thanks to our maintenance coordinators for managing this effort as well as the volunteers helping them. More photos have been added to the photo gallery – check them out !!