Local Trail Alerts
Snowmobile trails are closed. ATV/UTV only on the Tuscobia State Trail and the 9 mile loop. All other ATV/UTV trails open Memorial weekend.
REMAINING SUMMER CLUB RIDES SCHEDULE
Tuesday, September 28 Birchwood Loop
Meet at Ed's Pit Stop at 10am
Lunch at Spider Lake Saloon
Lon Olson is the Group Ride Leader. Contact him if you have any questions or ideas.
The Birchwood Bobcats need more club members to show up for our Monday workdays. Meet at the clubhouse by 9AM Mondays. There are many tasks that need to be completed before snowmobile season. Like to try running a skid steer, come out and we will show you how!
For Those Helping Already!
If you are a member and you are riding a trail to look for any damage on the trails, please write down the # of persons riding, date of the inspection, total ride time (not counting stops for food or drink) and please email us with this info. It not only helps keep our trails in the best shape possible but we also get credit for the time you have spent inspecting our trails. This only is for the Birchwood Bobcat trails.
Thank You For Your Help!
President Steve Bethke
CLUB MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
September 15, 2021
We had approximately 20 members in attendance last night, five for the first time. Hopefully we will continue to see some new faces going forward.
Would also like to welcome new members Steve Rank from Birchwood, Duane Bemis from Cumberland and Robert and Brenda Daniels from Monroe, Wisconsin.
We are in the process of renewing memberships for the coming year. Cost is $25 with an extra $12 if you would like to join the AWSC in order to get the discounted snowmobile trail pass. If you do renew with AWSC, please wait a couple of weeks before you apply for the passes as you cannot get them until the club updates your membership with the AWSC.
Mike Robotka thanked those who participated in the Exeland Trout Festival parade on September 5th. This is a well attended event and hopefully more club members will be able to attend next year on September 4th. He also thanked everyone who helped with the painting of the clubhouse. Trails are in good shape heading into the fall and both club owned groomers are ready to go. John Fish is spending one to two days a week working on the trails in Sawyer county with the Alliance owned John Deere tractor. Speaking of the John Deere, plans call for our Youth Ambassador Lucas Lehnert and hopefully a couple of his classmates to put a coat of wax on the machine yet this fall.
We are working with Off Grid Studio to produce club flags that members would be able to purchase and use on their UTV/ATV.
Work is underway on renewing business memberships so that the club map for 2022 can be printed before the end of the year. We are also working on the local businesses that are on the Sawyer County Alliance map that will come out in time for the snow season.
The next issue of the Birchwood News will have two articles with photos, one regarding the painting of the club house, the other with issues involving UTV/ATV use on area roadways. We will hopefully be working with the Chamber of Commerce to come up with some ideas to promote safe riding by those who are visiting our area and using our trail system as the local officials have been receiving complaints about issue of speeding on township roads. Vice president Lon Olson will be working on this in time for the start of the new riding season next May.
A DNR sanctioned snowmobiling training session for children age 11 and up is set for Saturday, October 16th. The cost is $10 and will run from 9-3 pm. Location be at the Birchwood School.
Our $100 raffle ticket sales will kick off in November. We are planning on selling 225 tickets with 25 of them winners at the drawing next March. If all tickets are sold the club will net $10,000.
I will be attending the AWSC fall workshop at the Wilderness Resort in the Dells the weekend of October 22-24 as the Director for Sawyer County. Those of you who are AWSC members are welcome to attend.
Our landowner appreciation dinner is set for October 16th
We have a request for help with the Timberbay fundraiser featuring Chris Kozee on October 2. Specifically, the organization is looking for up to 8 UTV owners willing to shuttle people from several parking locations in Birchwood to the event venue behind the storage buildings just east of Birchwood. If you are interested contact Charity Knauff at 651-276-4496 for more information.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 20th at 7:00 pm. The "Must be present to win" 50/50 raffle is up to $233.
Thanks for being a part of the club.
Steve Bethke, President
Bobcat Riders Host Memorial Ride
On July 31st approximately 40 people gathered at the clubhouse for a three hour ATV/UTV ride in honor of club members Gary Koel, Dave Zemaitis and John Shebelski, all of whom passed away in the past year. After a stop at Riverside Golf near Radisson, the ride ended at the Birchwood American Legion where family members and other club members were waiting. Following dinner, a brief ceremony was held with Gary, Dave and John recognized for both their military service as well as their volunteer work on behalf of the club. A total of $500 was donated to the Legion in their honor, $400 from the Zemaitis family and his fiancée Melissa Krieger and $100 from the Bobcat Riders. See below for additional pictures.
Club Snowmobile Ride Survey
We are trying to determine if there is interest in an overnight club led snowmobile ride. Please take our survey if you are interested, thank you.
Our Annual Fundraiser Event for 2021 has taken place. Thank you to those who purchased a ticket and help support our trail mainentnace activities! Click on the link below to see the winners list.
We are located on some of the best snow and ATV routes in Northwestern Wisconsin with over 25 miles of funded trails that we maintain. These trails are comprised of Public and Private lands, Please respect all lands that you use. Remember, Private land can be removed from our trails!