History

Our club, Moonriders, Inc. was organized in August 1971. We are a without stock/non-profit corporation. The Articles of Incorporation were filed with the state of Wisconsin and accepted on August 31, 1971. A special thank you goes out to our founding fathers for having the insight of setting up the club's legal papers at the time of origination. The initial officers and board of directors were:

Edward Aude, Lynn Berkovitz, Stanley Berkovitz, George Blahnik, Dennis Dworak, Clarence Jerovitz, Jr., Maynard Kuehl, LeRoy Kultgen, and Tom Lischka.

The purposes of Moonriders, Inc. include:

  1. Stimulating and advancing the general welfare and safety of snowmobiling
  2. Serving the interest of snowmobile owners
  3. Developing a fraternal spirit among local snowmobile and other winter sport enthusiasts
  4. Providing a medium for the exchange of snowmobiling information
  5. Owning or leasing property for club use
  6. Performing all desirable and lawful functions for the successful operation of the club and in the general public interest.

These purposes drafted in 1971, still hold strong and true today.

Our trails, in the beginning, had a specific purpose. They were marked with free paper signs, sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon and Old Style. Some may have had reflective spots, but the majority did not. The grooming was done with club member snowmobiles. One member would pull it to one destination, and another member would continue on. Still, others would pull it on the return trip. The drags used were bed springs or manure spreader aprons that were welded rigid. The next step up were Polaris Voyagers and Ski-Doo Alpines with 4 foot homemade or factory drags. The factory drags were heavier; hence, they did a better job of grooming. We then purchased a Manawa Trail Groomer to be used along with the Voyagers and Alpines. The unit was built on the same principles of a road grader. They cut the moguls well, but got hung up easily if you got off to the side of the trail. They were a high maintenance unit, as the seals on the hydraulic pumps and motors were prone to leaking.

Our first Tucker Sno-Cat was a used 1980 model 1342. It had an Allison 4 speed automatic transmission and a 318 Chrysler gas engine. The unit was dependable and good in deep snow, but having steel cleats, it was rough riding and slow going on marginal snow.

At about the same time we purchased the Tucker, a used 1995 John Deere 6400 MFD tractor. With 30 inch rear tires it works well if the snow packs firm enough to give you a good base. The John Deere;s best job is on the Kewaunee River Trail, a.k.a., the Kewaunee, Green Bay, & Western railroad grade. Our newest piece of grooming equipment is a 2000 Tucker Terra-Cat series 2000. It was purchased used from Headwater Trails in Eagle River, in 2004. It was too good of a deal to pass up. Being on rubber tracks, it can run in deep snow, marginal, or even no snow. This is our main unit for grooming with an 8'x20' Arrowhead drag does a wonderful job. The Tucker Terra-Cat and the John Deere tractor are our two current grooming units, having sold all of the other equipment.

The Moonriders also have a brush mower that mounts on the John Deere. The tractor, with an older drag, is used to level plowed fields for smoother trails. The Moonriders are currently marking 61.6 miles of self-funded trails and approximately 20 miles of club trails.

The Moonriders membership is open to anyone that wishes to join. We have a strong, faithful membership, but like most clubs, we need more involvement from new and younger members. In years past, we had 100+ members. It would be great if we could once again hit the century mark. The Moonriders is a 100% member of the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs, which has many benefits for club members (click here for more information.) We have been a member of the AWSC since 1975. Our meetings formerly rotated around to sponsors on our trail system. To eliminate confusion, our meetings are now held in one location.