Porterfield Lake Motorcycle trail is not being maintained Very Well

On WTR’s Middle of NoWhere ride June 1-4  We  found that the Spring maintenance at had not been done very well to comply with MDNR standards. WTR cut out one of the “Missed trail blow downs” that were dangerous.


New standards in signs?


Because blow down not cleared trail re- routed……

Not a good…..



Tree was removed in 10 minutes with a bow saw and trail put back in orginal location




They say pictures are worth a thousand words……….

There could be a lot more pictures.

Very disappointing to see one of the best single track trails in Michigan not being taken care of………….

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Middle of NoWhere Spring Gathering June 1-4

During June 1-4 a few of the members of WTR spent some time enjoying riding the Porterfield Lake Motorcycle Area, camping at Silver Lake, and exploring the surrounding area.
The group enjoyed “Lunch” at the trail head each day during riding and good food and companionship back at Silver Lake Resort each night.

Join us for our fall gathering TBD soon!

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Past Middle of NoWhere

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Middle Of NoWhere this week end, June 2,3, & 4

Help me out?

If you will be at Porterfield Lake Motorcycle Trail Saturday for WTR’s Lunch Please let me know for planning.
Otherwise we might run out of Lobster……

I hope to do some RZR exploring during the MofNW this week-end. Lots of neat places to go. Anyone want to join me?

So do I bring my CRF 250X or my KLX 450R to ride when I am not riding in my RZR? AT 69 should I be riding either?

My goal was to do all 38 miles of Porterfield Lake Motorcycle trail in one day when I turned 70. Is this still a good goal?

Which Fish dinner should I order at Silver Lake Resort on Friday night?

Which Campsite should we have our fire at each evening?

If you are riding a lot of single track in the upcoming day, does it make any difference how much your breakfast cholesterol is?

How much Beer is enough to enjoy a campfire?

What new whiskey will David bring this year?

Thanks, See you this week-end.

Please contact WTR if we can help.



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Silver Lake Resort – Middle Of NoWhere 2017

For those of you not aware:

Silver Lake Resort besides being a great place to camp if you are enjoying the Porterfield Lake Motorcycle Trail, has all of your needs. Gas, food, cafe, fish fry, ice, ice cream, Patio Bar, MDNR OHV stickers, and great folks that work to make sure your stay was fun.

Thanks for taking good care of WTR and our members over he years………….

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Middle Of NoWhere gathering June 1-4, 2017

WisConservation Trail Rider Members will be getting together to enjoy the Porterfield Lake Motorcycle Trail at Silver Lake Resort, and the surrounding area, June 1-4, Thurday evening through Sunday, 2017. The Porterfeild Lake Motorcycle Trail is the “jewel” for the week ends activities. In addition there are excellent riding opportunities for those who wish to explore on ATV’s and Dual Sports.

The Club will have information about the Porterfield Lake Motorcycle Trail and riding opportunities in the surrounding areas available. WTR has the cabin rented at Silver Lake Resort from Thursday evening to Sunday morning. This will also be the gathering point for members to enjoy meals and discussions of the days riding and events by the campfire.

With routes going from Silver Lake Resort (SLR) to the MDNR Porterfield Lake Motorcycle Trail it is a great place to camp for the week-end. All you need is your two MDNR OHV stickers on your mount.

Contact SLR at 906 542-7196 or silverlakepat@yahoo.com for camping reservation.

On Saturday, WTR will be serving lunch at the Porterfield Lake Motorcycle Trail Head from 11:00 to 1:30. So whether you are on a cycle or exploring the area on your ATV, stop by for food, refreshment, and camaraderie. Who says there are “No Free Lunches Anymore………..

So mark your calendar, Call SIlver Lake for your reservations, and join WTR for a fun week-end in da U.P.

For additional information please contact WTR’s members listed on this site or phone or Email Tom Chase, 920 819-6755 or tpcgb@aol.com.

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WTR 2017 News

WTR news for the new year of 2017

For 2017 the members of the 2016 WTR board have agreed to stay on for another year. Board members at large are: Peter Strains, Steve Vanden Boogart, David Elliott, treasurer/secretary, Mike Clawson, vice president, and Tom Chase, president.  If any members would like to be on the board, there are current board members willing to step down. Please contact WTR if there is interest in your part. Please feel free to contact any board members about any of your concerns.

All members can remain members for 2017 without any dues for this current year. If you do not wish to be a member, please contact WTR or one of the board members to remove your name from WTR’s roles and communication accounts. Any new enthusiast wishing to join WTR will need to submit an application and $10 to WTR’s Pay Pal account.

The reason for not having a 2017 dues for current members is WTR currently has about $2,100 in our accounts with any current expenses. Thus, the need for dues from current members for 2017 is not necessary for this year.

WTR will file a grant application to the MDNR for the 2018 Porterfield maintenance grant. The current grant holder that does the yearly MDNR maintenance at the Porterfield Lake Motorcycle Trail will not release this to WTR. For MDNR to release the grant to another group, the old grant holder must either be found deficient in performing the required work or agree to give it up to another club. WTR was the award-winning subcontractor that turned Porterfield from 22 miles to 38 miles of challenging single track during the years from 2007 to 2014 through their work with the MDNR. Because of this relationship with MDNR, WTR was encouraged to apply for the Porterfield grant directly which we have done now for 4 years. WTR’s members proved that their members care and protect single track motorcycle trail in Michigan.  It is the club’s goal to again become the stewards of Porterfield.

The 2017 Middle of NoWhere is scheduled for the week-end of June 2,3,4 –  2017. This will be open to both motorcycles enjoying Porterfield and atvs enjoying the local routes and attractions.  More news about this event will be forthcoming. Mark your calendars.

Two other rides will be scheduled. Please submit any ideas you might have for these events as to location and dates.

One of our members has offered his 120 acre wooded property near Crivitz for a week-end ride for WTR members. He and his family has developed a wonderful system of trails that are both challenging and long in length to keep most of us happy for the day and/or a week-end. More to follow on this event. Thank you for this opportunity in 2017! This is the best private property trails I have had the pleasure to ride.

WTR will continue to work on developing better communications for its members through the different venues.

WTR  looks forward to another successful year in 2017!



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