It is with deep regret that we inform you of Dave Lemke’s passing. Dave died January 13, 2021 after a long struggle with cancer.
Dave was the first President of Nokomis ATV Club and very instrumental in working with local governments to open town and county roads for ATV/UTV travel. Dave also worked with local landowners to secure permission to cross their property.
Dave was a long-time resident of Tomahawk, working as a surveyor and flying for the DNR. Recently Dave and his wife Judy fulfilled their dream and moved to Colorado.
Our hearts go out to Judy and his family. Dave’s knowledge, leadership and sense of humor will be missed.
THE VILAS COUNTY ATV/UTV AND OFF-HIGHWAY MOTORCYCLE TRAILS SYSTEM INCLUDING ALL STATE FUNDED TRAILS, COUNTY FOREST LAND, AND COUNTY FOREST ROADS WILL CLOSE AT 11:59 P.M. ON OCTOBER 31, 2020.
The trail clubs have worked hard this year to provide you quality trails to enjoy, please consider becoming a member of your local club. We hope you have enjoyed our trails in 2020 and hope you return next year.
Cruiser’s Trail Update:
Still waiting on wetland lineation and also Larry found out that the government may give a $4000 grant for this project. The town would like to see this go through as it would be a showcase wildlife trail to visit.
Access to Hwy K:
Larry discovered out there maybe a road that could allow us access so a vote was taken and passed that Larry will do a title search to pursue the possible use of this road
Kracker Barrel Trail:
A member brought up a concern over possibly stopping the updates on this project so a vote was taken and majority voted to continue with the updates. Hopefully will get this done soon.
Our new maps are out most everywhere now. These can be downloaded onto GPS if anyone is interested.
DNR ATV/UTV Class: Information on this class is posted on the Nokomis ATV Club website under the :events" tab. The DNR is stressing concern that all riders follow rules, especially the new rules pertaining to lights on at ALL times and safety certificates. New rules are posted on the Nokomis ATV Club website.
New ACT183 ATV/UTV Laws
If you have any questions about the new laws you can contact Deputy Brian Keller at email@example.com or 715-361-5100.
Oneida County is adding a new full-time recreation officer in 2021. They will also be adding a part-time officer to cover the weekends.
Enjoy the trails, ride safe.
Wisconsin ATV/UTV Law Changes – Effective March 4,
*The ATV/UTV Laws pamphlet still applies, unless otherwise stated in this update
What’s New? UTV Definition Changes The legal definition of a UTV has changed. No longer are low-pressure tires required. Now simply 4 or more tires are required. How the width of a UTV is measure has changed. UTVs are required to be originally manufactured, and must have at all times a width of not more than 65 inches as measured laterally between the outermost wheel rim on each side of the vehicle, exclusive of tires, mirrors, and accessories that are not essential to the vehicle's basic operation. Secondary UTV Definition Changes For machines that would otherwise meet the ATV definition except for weight & width, two changes were made. The weight and width requirements are increased to not more than 2000 pounds, and a width of 65 inches or less as measured laterally between the outermost wheel rim on each side of the vehicle, exclusive of tires, mirrors, and accessories that are not essential to the vehicle's basic operation. ATV Definition Changes The legal definition of an ATV has changed. No longer are low-pressure tires required. Now simply 3 or more tires are required. How the width of an ATV is measure has changed. ATVs are required to be commercially designed and manufactured and must have a width of not more than 50 inches as measured laterally between the outermost wheel rim on each side of the vehicle, exclusive of tires, mirrors, and accessories that are not essential to the vehicle's basic operation. ATV Passenger Rules Previously only on the roadway were passengers restricted only to those ATVs that were designed and intended for passengers. Now that requirement has been extended to all other areas. ATV operators cannot have a passenger riding in or on any part of an ATV that is not designed or intended to be used by passengers. Lighted Headlamp Display Requirements Previously ATVs and UTVs were required to have a lighted headlamp & tail lamp during hours of darkness or during daylight hours when within a highway. ATVs and UTVs are now required to have a lighted headlamp & tail lamp at all times during operation. New ATV & UTV Auxiliary Lighting Restrictions No person (except EMS personal) may operate an ATV or UTV that is equipped with any of the following: 1. A lamp that emits any color of light other than white or amber and that is visible from directly in front
of the ATV or UTV. 2. A lamp that emits any color of light other than red, yellow, amber, or white and that is visible from directly behind the ATV or UTV. 3. A flashing, oscillating, or rotating lamp that emits any color other than yellow or amber. Any person operating an ATV or UTV must dim his or her high-beam headlamps and any auxiliary lamps when within 500 feet of an approaching ATV/UTV or vehicle, and within 500 feet to the rear of another ATV/UTV or vehicle. In addition, an operator must dim his or her backup lamps unless actively backing. Operational Requirements and Modification Restrictions ATVs and UTVs cannot be operated with anything else other than tires. This restriction does not apply to private property or frozen waters. An ATV or UTV may not be modified so that its maximum width exceeds the width allowed for an ATV—50 inches or the width allowed for UTV—65 inches. This does not apply to the operation of an ATV or UTV on private property.
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