Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club graduates 19 ATV Safety Course Students

Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club held an ATV Safety Course on May 7 and 8.  The event, was held at the Townsend Town Hall and attracted students of all ages from as far as Milwaukee. Lead Instructor Carl Christensen, Instructors Larry Market, John Brantmeier and Apprentice instructor Larry Westphal led the two afternoon course and were very pleased with the attention of the students. All nineteen students passed the exam and received their riding certificates.

2016 05 08 group photo ATV Safety TrainingInstructors reminded the group to spread the word that anyone born after January 1, 1988 must complete the course to ride an ATV legally in Wisconsin. Currently that means that anyone 28 years old or younger must have completed the course. An on-line version is available thru the DNR but younger students are highly encouraged to take the classroom version for maximum effect.

Congratulations to all the graduates and their parents who encouraged them to take the course. Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club has been serving the Townsend area since 1968 and is responsible for the maintenance and grooming of snowmobile and ATV trails in around Townsend. Thanks to the Town of Townsend for the generous use of their facility. If you missed this course Hidden Bear Trail ATV Club will be conducting a class on June 28 and 29. Contact them at for more information.

It was a busy weekend for Red Arrow as they also held their annual meeting Saturday morning. Members present elected Carl Christensen as Vice-President, Bernie Bangert as Secretary and Larry Westphal to the open Director seat. Club President Gary Wagner thanked the Kroll family for almost 50 years of caring for the trails in Townsend. Jeff Kroll, longtime trail boss, decided to retire from his position. Jeff’s dad Bob helped form our trails using his Cat to clear out much of the system we ride on today.


After the annual meeting Gary Wagner let 10 machines on a 48 mile loop on our trail system stopping at Animal’s Bear Trail for lunch. Riders reported having an awesome time despite some dusty areas along the way. You can find out more about Red Arrow activities by visiting our website at or visiting our Facebook page from the link on the website home page. Come ride with us and enjoy our trails. We are right in the middle of well over 1000 miles of fully interconnected ATV/UTV trails.

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