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 !!!!!
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.
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 !!
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.
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.
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- http://www.ontario.ca/document/ontario-hunting-regulations-summaryUse caution and be respectful of the hunters.
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 katva.ca 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
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.
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 !!
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 !!!
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 ..
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 !!!
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 !!!
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 ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or call 905-434-0407.
Bridge work has been completed on Trail #40. Trail #40 is now reopened for use.
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 wor…king 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.
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.