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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-09-2015, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Illinois OHV park

There is an article in this month's AMA magazine about Illinois getting a 400 acre OHV park north of St. Louis. It is going to be connected to the Heartland Sunset Valley Lodge which opens April 1, per the article.

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In which edition did you read this, brilama? I checked both the December 2014 and the January 2015 off road editions and the only artcle about off roading in Illinois is about a working group with AMA, A.B.A.T.E and IDNR along with some hunting groups has been formed to discuss public funded trails with no mention of location.
Do you recall if the park was going to be a public or private facility?

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American Motorcyclist February 2015. It has a desert racer on the cover.
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OK.......That explains it. Don't have Feb yet. They get mailed by the printer alphabetically.

This park is likely a privately funded / owned facility. We're in serious need of a publically funded park as big as possible north of I 80 and east of I 39. Rocky Glen is OK...but, it's too small. Something an hour or less driving time from the city and something that isn't heavy on MX and light on trails of varying skill levels.........It's a tall order and going to be hard to get filled but we can't give up!

"Dirt is for racing on...Asphalt is for getting there" OR "Flat trackers go in deeper and come out harder... OR (With apologies to General MaCarthur) "Old motorcycle racers never die, they just slip off the groove and fade into the dust!

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It is being funded by a $1.66m grant from the State Department of Natural Resources. Riders will be required to buy a $10 public access sticker to operate vehicles on sites supported by the OHV grant funds.
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I bet you'll be required to buy that sticker to ride on privately owned land, and that the DNR will have authority to enter ANY land without permission to check for compliance.

Further than that, I'll bet the DNR can pull you over just for having a bike in your truck to check for compliance.

I'm sure the park will have 17 acres of trails wide enough for a Jeep and be 250 miles from any notable Illinois population.
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It's interesting how the revision of the sticker law shook out. AMA District 17 and A.B.A.T.E of Illinois went to bat for the dirt riders and got alot of those ridiculous provisions eliminated or modified. For instance riders at any facility that holds AMA sanctioned events, whether racing or riding recreationally are not required to have the IDNR sticker. Jay Hall was the AMA District 17 voice on this and with those who worked with him from A.B.A.T.E did a damn good job making that sticker fiasco much more palatable.

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I wheeled with a Jeep group (2RJC) down in that area about 15 years ago. During their 4x4 blast event. Very cool trails and lots of them. I wonder if it is part of the same trail system.

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I wheeled with a Jeep group (2RJC) down in that area about 15 years ago. During their 4x4 blast event. Very cool trails and lots of them. I wonder if it is part of the same trail system.
I was thinking the same thing. I remember two 4x4 parks in that area. Hannibal Rocks in Hannibal, MO and 20 minutes south was Rockport Offroad in Rockport, IL. Both places are closed now. I remember talking to one of the owners and he explained how the land was much more valuable as hunting land than it was as a small offroad park.

Lots of potential down there for a good riding park. The Mississippi river makes some good terrain and elevation change. Not like most of our flat state

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The town is Nebo, IL. It is about 100 miles north of St. Louis.
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The town is Nebo, IL. It is about 100 miles north of St. Louis.
Ugh! 286 miles away, 4 hrs 23 minutes drive one way.

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Ugh! 286 miles away, 4 hrs 23 minutes drive one way.
Yep, looks to be an overnight type destination.
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So what is the offroad bike sticker law? my KTM 250xc does not have an offroad title so I'll probably just plate it.

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