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Come Camping With Us – 2022 (9/21/2021)
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Come camping with us next year at @sidturcotteparkcampground in Mattawa July 10-16, 2022. They have cabin rentals and tent & trailer camping available. ATV / SXS / dirt bike friendly for riding from your site to the Voyageur Multi Use Trail System-VMUTS and lots of fun activities for the whole family. Sites book up fast – book directly with the campground at 705-744-5375. Tell them you are with KATVA and they will try to group us together.

New Bridge (9/21/2021)
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KATVA Trail 45 (BDSC trail E108) between between 56 & 57 has now reopened. The new bridge is in but the railings won’t be installed until next week so use caution. This project was coordinated and funded by the Buckhorn and District Snowmobile Club and the OFSC. Thank you to the contractors and volunteers from BDSC for all their hard work.#bdsc#ofsc#trailpartnerships#5pointstrailsystem

Donations Received – Thank you (9/21/2021)
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Dwayne Kish, a valued KATVA board member, volunteer, family and friend passed away on August 7th. Dwayne had asked that any donations in his memory be made to KATVA for the purpose of expanding the CASI youth ATV safety training program to benefit our members children and grandchildren.Thanks to the generosity of Dwayne’s family, friends and our members we have received $1,700 to date. We will spend the next few months working on a plan to distribute the funds to benefit the students who take the course starting in spring 2022. We will also look at ways to continue building the legacy fund so that we can train as many youth as possible over the years to come. With your help we will honour Dwayne’s last wishes and continue Dwayne Kish’s legacy. Thank you!If you are interested in contributing to this fund, you may donate here: https://kaa13.wildapricot.org/Donations/

Trail Maintenance (9/21/2021)
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Important Notice about trail maintenance…On Monday September 20th our contractors will start working on the VRTC section from Burnt River north to the Crego Creek bridge. The full job will include digging down the trail, bringing in new material and resurfacing it but we are being held up by the company providing the locates so the contractor will start with cleaning up some of the less damaged portions of the trail while we wait on the locates.The trail may be closed for periods of time during the day while they are working but we have no way of knowing which days and for how long because it’s all very weather dependent and conditions can change on a daily basis this time of year. Please be patient and use extreme caution when riding in the area until the job is finished. We’ll keep you as well informed as we can of the progress.#katva #korma #membershipdollarshardatwork

Corduroy Race on the Trails (9/21/2021)
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September 23rd to 26th: the Corduroy Enduro Race is taking place in the Somerville Forest, the Victoria Rail Trail and the Five Points trail system. Most of their riding will be on the single track trails, but there will be times when they are on the shared use trails. We ask that you try to avoid using the trails between the dates of September 23rd to 26th and if you do use the trails please use extreme caution.There will be volunteers on the trails to help control traffic and keep all trail users safe. Please follow their directions.Share the trails and ride safe…..#corduroyenduro#race#fivepoints#5points#trails#staysafe#ridesafe#KATVA#KORMA#dirtbikes#atv#sxs#kawarthalakes#haliburton

Lindsay Road Route Update (9/13/2021)

Lindsay Road Route Update – In case you missed the Committee of the Whole meeting on September 7th, you can watch the meeting through the link below.

In the meeting councilor Veale made a motion to look at building a recreational bridge over the Scugog River to redirect ATVs and sleds to the north end of town. For those new to the area, this bridge has been discussed at length for over 10 years and nothing has ever come of it.

After councilor Veale made the motion mayor Letham “guided” him into adding that the route through Lindsay would be taken off the table completely. Councilor Veale went along with that “guidance” and council voted in favor of the motion. The vote was split 4 to 4 and the mayor was the deciding vote against allowing the route through Lindsay to go ahead.

Just so you understand how this works, the final vote doesn’t happen at the committee of the whole. The motion that was made and voted on their will now go to the regular council meeting on September 21st for a final vote. This is just a formality but also a last chance to get the councilors to change their vote or extract parts of the motion.

Those who voted in favor of shutting down a route through Lindsay were:
Councilor Pat O’Reilly (south Lindsay ward)
Councilor Emmett Yeo (Cobonconk ward)
Councilor Doug Elmslie (Fenelon Falls ward)
Councilor Andrew Veale (Little Britain & Woodville)
Mayor Letham was the deciding vote in their favor

So 3 of the 4 councilors who voted against ATVs on roads actually are councilors whose wards currently benefit from the ATVs on their roads and spending money in their businesses. Does that make sense to you?

The only chance we have right now is for you to reach out to the councilors and the mayor and ask them to change the outcome on September 21st or to ask the other councilors to extract that portion of the motion that closes the option of having a route through Lindsay.

There is also another task force meeting this morning at 10am that you can watch on Youtube to see what direction the task force goes in response to last weeks meeting.

Here’s the link to the committee of the whole meeting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PflyWT2wMaI…

Trail 45 Closure – Sept 13-17, 2021 (9/13/2021)

Please note that trail 45 (BDSC trail E108) between between 56 & 57 will be closed as of Monday September 13 until Friday September 17 to facilitate the installation of a new bridge , replacing a deteriorated culvert.

Trail Work Being Done (8/16/2021)

We’ve signed off on the contract to resurface the Victoria Rail Trail from the village of Burnt River north to the Crego Creek bridge. This is a large project and the section of trail in most need of repairs so it will take a few weeks to complete and may affect use of the trail. The contractor has started the process for the locates now and will let us know when they will be starting the work. We’ll keep you posted.

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Your Club Dollars At Work (8/16/2021)

Work has begun to fix the washouts

Work has begun on the fire route that leads into trail #50. We had a grader go in from Crystal Lake road and fix the washouts on the fire route. The next step will be getting the materials in to re-deck Porky’s bridge on Trail #50. This entire trail is private property so this work is done to foster our relationships with the multiple private landowners as well as keeping the trails safe for riders.At some point the trail will be closed for a day or two while the bridge is being worked on. We’ll advise when that’s happening. #membershipdollarsatwork #katva#tmsc#trailpartnerships#katvavolunteersrock

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RAFFLE WINNER! (7/24/2021)

Are you the winner of our KATVA Summer Pop-Up Shop of Saturday, July 24th?

Contact us to claim your prize, which includes KATVA, Kawartha Lakes Off-road Recovery and Orillia Off-road Recovery swag, as well as a KATVA Single Annual Membership! Winning ticket must be claimed by July 31, 2021. If not claimed, a new ticket will be drawn.

Thank you to the amazing volunteers who helped make this a successful day, and to the awesome club members who want to show their club pride!

KATVA SUMMER POP-UP SHOP (7/23/2021)

We will be having a KATVA Summer Pop-Up Shop this Saturday, July 24 from 8am to noon at the Superior Propane Parking Lot. Take a look through the photos to see some of the swag we will be selling. We can accept cash, credit or cheque. Sorry, we are not able to accept debit cards.

Chance to win a KATVA prize package containing a KATVA Single Annual Membership and some swag from our partners Kawartha Lakes Off-Road Recovery and Orillia Off-Road Recovery. There might even be a few KATVA items thrown in just for fun! To qualify, you will need to show proof that you are a member of any one of the following organizations: Kawartha Off-Road Motorcycle Club, Kawartha Lakes Off-Road Recovery, Orillia Off-Road Recovery, Kawartha ATV Association. No purchase is necessary!

You can also purchase KATVA Annual Memberships and temporary trail permits at this time.We are planning another Pop-Up Shop for August, but don’t have a firm date yet.

Also, some members of the club executive will be on hand. If you have any questions you want to ask about the club or are interested in volunteering please stop by for a chat.

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OPENING A ROUTE THROUGH LINDSAY (7/23/2021)

***IMPORTANT SURVEY CLOSES JULY 30TH***

As you may be aware, another suggested route was brought forward to City of Kawartha Lakes Council back in June as part of the proposal for a connecting link between the Logie Street and Thunder Bridge Road Trail Heads for ATV riders. Before making a decision, Council is asking residents and ATV riders for their feedback on the newest proposed route. We realize that you’ve taken the time to complete more than one petition and survey over this same issue, but we need your help again. Please take a few minutes to complete a short online survey that is now available on the CoKL Jump In site and will be available until July 30.

Follow this link to complete the survey. There are only 2 or 3 questions, depending on where you live: https://jumpinkawarthalakes.ca/…/proposed-atv-route…

Note: you will need to create an account first if you didn’t participate in the last survey. If you did participate in the previous survey you can use the same email address to log into your existing profile. You can also take the survey over the phone at 705-324-9411 x 1339. Hard copies of the survey are available at the Lindsay Service Centre if you want to attend in person.

Please share this with your friends and family!

Photo Contest (6/29/2021)

NEW Photo contest

Theme: WATER BODIES
Prize: The Winner will receive a KATVA Metal Sign
Last Entry: November 30, 2021

The Rules:
1. Only KATVA members in good standing can enter to win.
2. The picture must contain any off road vehicle in a “Water Body” setting (Background or Crossing)
3. The picture can not contain any people in it.
4. The picture must be taken on KATVA Trails between today and the end of the riding season.
5. I will choose THREE FINALISTS and the ONE Winner will be chosen by the KATVA Board Members.
6. You can enter as many pictures as you like.
7. Only natural water bodies count Lakes, Ponds, Rivers, Creeks etc. (Sorry No Puddles/Waterholes)
8. Please respect the environment, do NOT enter any water bodies that are not part of the trail system.

Please post your entry on the Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/327434378622.

Very Important Tip:
I am looking for a PERFECT “Postcard Picture”, keep that in mind and you are that much closer to be the winner. Use some editing filters to make them colors pop. I can promise you, a simple screenshot will have no chance of winning.

Contest approved by Carolyn Graham Richards, President.

Temporary Closure of VRT (Ken Reid area) (6/24/2021)

The Victoria Rail Trail from Ken Reid Conservation Area to Naylor Road will be CLOSED June 28th & 29th for filming. Signs will be posted at the north and south ends.

Gates along the VRT (6/21/2021)

Your membership dollars at work.

Earlier this spring in partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes we contracted a welder to repair and replace a number of gates on the VRTC north to control the size of SxS on the trail as per the bylaw and to keep cars and trucks off of the trails for everyone’s safety. Thank you to Scott and his team at Sadler Welding and Fabricating for their exceptional work on the gates. The gates will be repainted at a later date.

Our cost on this project was $10,000 and the City matched those funds to repair and replace additional gates. Once a final decision is made on the SxS trial we will continue to repair and replace the gates.

5 Points (6/21/2021)

This is to clarify some ongoing discussion regarding the 5 Points trail system….

At no time has anyone including the volunteers at KATVA ever said that the 5 points does not have a lot of crown land, in fact the majority of the 30,000 acres of bush is crown land, but there are also numerous parcels of private land in the 5 points. Some of these parcels have been owned by generations of the same families and many others have been bought and sold over the last 5 years, ours included.

As recently as a couple of months ago we signed a new land use agreement for a section of private land on a main trail that has always been assumed to be crown land and the landowners have requested that we install private property signs and enforce trail permits on their behalf. Those signs will start going up in the next couple of weeks. What some riders don’t realize or understand is that whether a trail is private property, municipal land or crown land KATVA is still required to pay to insure and maintain the trail. Riders also want clear concise signage and mapping of the trails and to be able to put a trail on a map the club is required to insure and steward the trail. It all comes down to liability for the landowner (including the Crown) and the club. Even if a 2 km trail only crosses private land for 30 feet we still have to insure the entire trail.

While we’re on the subject of insurance, just so you understand every ATV, snowmobile and dirt bike club in Ontario pays a set fee per km of trail in their trail inventory and per member of their club. If they don’t disclose their full inventory of trails then they are putting their organization at risk if there is a liability claim against them at some point. These insurance costs added up to over $20,000 for KATVA this year in addition to our costs to insure and maintain the equipment we use to maintain the trails. Remember, if you want to see a trail on a map/app then we have to pay to insure that trail!

We also have a hardworking crew of volunteers who are out there working every week on clearing trails and looking for hazards to keep the trails safe. We intentionally leave some trails as expert trails and only clear fallen trees to allow the more advanced technical riders to enjoy the challenges but we also have riders who prefer an easier ride so we make sure we have something to offer them. This work costs money. Every year we replace culverts, fix washouts, grade trails, move rock, all to the benefit of the riders and as a part of our partnership agreements with the snowmobile clubs and landowners.

So for those of you who want to go on about how crown land is free, think again. While you may not feel you should have to buy a permit to use those trails, if you don’t then you are enjoying the trails on the backs of the riders who contribute to the trails by buying a trail permit and the volunteers who still go out and work on the trails so that you can enjoy them!

Council to Vote on Road Route: June 15th (6/7/2021)

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Due to a very misleading headline printed by a local publication there seems to be a lot of confusion about the recent council meeting to discuss ATVs on roads in the town of Lindsay. There is no legal road route through the town of Lindsay at this time. It has not yet gone to council for a final vote. We anticipate this item to be on the agenda for the June 15th council meeting. We will keep you informed of any decisions made by city council at that time.

Trails are Open but Provincial Stay At Home Order in Effect (5/13/2021)

While trails remain open to motorized vehicles under municipal permissions, the current Stay at Home Order (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/) remains in effect. Off-road vehicle use may not be treated as permitted activities or exercise by local or provincial law enforcement. Our members are reminded to make themselves aware of provincial regulations and assume the risk for any legal fines or warnings they may be subject to if found in violation of them while using off-road vehicles on our trails.

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Sandpit / Trail 40 Re-route (5/7/2021)

Important Notice regarding the 5 Points trails…..the sandpit and Trail #40 entering the 5 Points off of Bass Lane are all on private property and the landowner has had too many problems with people including but not limited to ATVs, SxS and motorcycles trespassing and abusing his property. It’s also become too much of a liability exposure for him so he has blocked off the sandpit and part of the original trail but allowed us to re-route the trail, it’s just a small section of the trail that has been moved and our volunteers have already signed the new section, please remember to always respect the trails and the landowners who so graciously allow us to use the trail and make sure you have your trail permit #katva #korma #5points

TRAILS TO OPEN MAY 1ST (with restrictions) (4/29/2021)

Victoria Rail Trail and Sommerville Forest trails are to open to motorized vehicles where permitted on May 1, 2021.  However, the Millennium Trail system will remain closed until June 1, 2021, as per usual season restriction.

Below is information surrounding Covid-19 Safety Protocols for Trail and Forest users.  The entire link is also below should you require any additional information.

All trail users are advised to adhere to the following COVID-19 safety protocols:

  • Observe physical distancing, maintain a physical distance from other users of a minimum of 2 metres at all times
  • A mask or face covering should be worn outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Share the pathway or trail. When approaching others, step off the pathway unless the path is wider than 6 feet. Both parties should do this
  • Be aware of high-touch areas, users are advised to wash/sanitize their hands before, during and after visiting the trail and after touching any surface
  • If the area you are visiting is busy and physical distancing is difficult, consider leaving and heading to a less crowded area
  • Avoid visiting trails if you or any members of your household are sick or not feeling well
  • Use at own risk

For more information on Municipal Forest Tracts visit the Parks and Forest Tracts page.

https://www.kawarthalakes.ca/en/living-here/covid-19-information.aspx

As a reminder, SXS are not allowed on any trails south of Northline Rd. The maximum width for a SXS on KATVA trails is 64 inches including all modifications. 

Visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/ for the current Provincial Restrictions.