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The Mountain Bike Capital of the Midwest

CAMBA Mountain Bike Trail System - Singletrack Capital of the Midwest

Welcome to the premier system of mountain bike trails in the Midwest, located in and around the beautiful Chequamegon National Forest region of Northwest Wisconsin.

The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association off-road bike trail system consists of over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a near-wilderness area of striking beauty and peaceful solitude. The CAMBA system is quickly becoming the Singletrack Mecca of the Midwest, with more singletrack trail being constructed every year. CAMBA's vision of a linked system of singletrack trails connecting Hayward, Seeley, Cable and Namakagon was achieved in 2016. Additional enhancements and improvements to our world-class trail system continue to be implemented to provide the best possible mountain biking experience.

Click here to read more about CAMBA.


Winter Biking - Info & Trail Conditions

For the latest information and trail conditions on winter fat biking in CAMBA Country, click here.

General Conditions

February 3:  Cable Community Farm Trail is scheduled for grooming today or tomorrow.  Please stay off of it it you find it freshly groomed and soft.

Tortoise is scheduled to be used for a logging operation.  The logging operation has been delayed.  Grooming will be suspended for rider safety when logging begins.

REMINDER:  DO NOT RIDE GROOMED SKI TRAILS EXCEPT WHERE EXPRESSLY ALLOWED.  Biking is allowed only on a few short sections of a few ski trails, and only where necessary to connect sections of groomed bike trails.  The Birkie Trail has no sections currently open for biking.  


CAMBA Seeking Committee Members

 
Over the past several years CAMBA has relied on a number of committees to help us accomplish our many initiatives. At this time, we are seeking to populate a new committee and reinforce an existing committee and are reaching out to recruit individuals who are interested in serving on one of these key committees. Committee members can be just about anyone and you do not have to be a board member or even a mountain biker.  We are simply looking for people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and give us a hand.
 
While we also rely on volunteers to help execute the more specific tasks related to our events and other initiatives, at this time we are seeking individuals who have interests and talents that we can draw on to help plan and organize a couple of very important areas within CAMBA’s overall operations.
 
Time commitments will vary depending on the specific initiative and time of year.  Initially, while in the planning stages, committees will meet on the average of once a month and more frequently as events and projects require. Our most immediate needs are outlined below.
 
Marketing and Communications Committee  
First Meeting: Monday, Feb. 6, 6:30 pm, Sawmill Saloon
This is a new committee for CAMBA, with a focus on helping spread the word about CAMBA, our events, branding, and general promotion, as well as assisting some of our fund raising efforts.
 
Major initiatives in 2017 will include:
• A new CAMBA website – determining content, layout, navigation and helping select an appropriate vendor
• Social Media – identify appropriate channels, develop an approach/plan and assist with execution
• CAMBA Video Initiative – assist with associated print and digital marketing campaign
• Event support – assisting with awareness and marketing efforts in support of our major summer events
• Branding – helping establish and promulgate the “CAMBA Brand” including visibility both locally and out of the area
• Fund raising support – assisting with strategy, signage, and media support for several fund raising initiatives
• Other initiatives as necessary
 
Programming & Events Committee
Next Meeting: Thursday, March 9, 7:30 am,
Sawmill Saloon
This committee is responsible for laying the groundwork and planning our four major special events: Women’s Weekend mountain bike clinic (June 9-11), Longass Ride (July 15), Boogie in the Barn Fund Raising Gala (Aug. 19), and Singletrack Sunday (Sept. 17).
 
We now have a good track record and template for organizing each of these events. Our major need with this committee is for several people who can join the effort as we develop the plans for this year’s events. We hope you will also be able to assume some tasks for these events.
 
If you are interested in learning more about these communities or offering your skills and services, please contact Ron Bergin or Charlie Evenson.

Big Fat Race = BIG FAT FUN

Forty fat bikers can now consider themselves Big Fat Race Founders after their participation in the inaugural Seeley Big Fat Race on Sunday, January 22. Presented by CAMBA’s Fat Bike Committee, the organizers were very happy with the turnout and positive responses from the riders. The race had to be rescheduled from January 22 when warm conditions and rain rendered the trails too soft to ride. Cooling temperatures and a little snow made for great race conditions this past weekend.

The emphasis on the race was fun over intense competition. Riders were started like the LeMans auto race, where drivers run to their cars, jump in and take off. Other twists on conventional bike races included a very informal timing system, where there were no bib numbers and riders just shouted their names to the timing crew as they finished. In addition, every rider got to draw a card for a merchandise prize along the course.

Riders thoroughly enjoyed the racecourse and the casual atmosphere of the race. The CAMBA Fat Bike team was pleased with race logistics and encouraged about the future of the race, which is a fundraiser to help support development, maintenance and grooming of the local fat bike trails.  They are also grateful to the Sawyer County Forest, Urenholdt Forest and several private landowners as well as the Sawmill Saloon for their support and cooperation.

To view 2017 Big Fat Race results, click here.

 




 TRAIL CONDITIONS
 
Please go to the Winter Biking page for current trail conditions.
 

Please note the following special circumstances:

Makwa Trail - just north of Gravel Pit Rd. Trailhead is rerouted around the water crossing.

Hatchery Creek Bike Park is closed until spring.
 
The bike park was constructed with a high percentage of clay-based soil.  This is unlike most of our other trails. As such, it remains wet and soft longer that our sandy loam based soils.  It is potentially vulnerable to damage, so please help us preserve this new facility by not riding when wet. 
 
Thanks.

 

GENERAL

Please exercise good judgment when deciding to ride during periods of wet weather. Many of the trails will soak up the precipitation right away and it shouldn’t be an issue, but local conditions may vary. We appreciate your cooperation, understanding, and concern for the trails.
 
Ride safe, have fun & enjoy the great trails and forests we are so lucky to have.

 

 




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Urgent Year-End Appeal

To Our Friends and Supporters,

Our year-end appeal this year is particularly urgent. We hope you will help CAMBA meet its financial needs as we close out our main season and begin to transition to winter riding. Our situation is this: One of our standing donations of nearly $20,000 has been considerably delayed and may not come in until the end of 2016. This puts us in an awkward cash flow position with year-end expenses coming due and a shortfall in funds to fully pay them.
 
CAMBA plans its annual budget using anticipated revenue from grants, donations, and other sources based on conservative estimates from past seasons. Funding is never a certain thing for non-profit organizations; things can fall through or be delayed. We plan for surprises, but didn’t anticipate one of this magnitude. One thing has been constant for us from the beginning: in times of need, our community has always stepped up to meet the need. We truly appreciate your understanding and your financial support.
 
Please enjoy the following review of what we’ve done together this year. We look forward to more progress in 2017 as we focus on building and maintaining our wonderful trail system.
 
CAMBA has had a busy and successful year on many fronts. These are some of the major initiatives undertaken in 2016:

• Construction of the Hatchery Creek Bike Park – 90% finished, including a small pump track, a climbing singletrack line, two descending flow/jump lines, and a skills area ($30,000+)
• Begun production of a high-quality promotional video to help us tell our story and reach riders from around the country ($8,000 to date – with partial funding coming from Wis. Dept. of Tourism)
• Advanced Phase 2 of the Mt. Ashwabay project, bringing that phase of the project to near completion and the total mileage to near 16  miles of great trails ($9,600)
• Invested in a six-person trail maintenance crew that worked across the system for several months making improvements, rehabbing older trails, and keeping the CAMBA trails in the best condition possible. Their work included hand construction of over ½ mile of new singletrack on the Ojibwe trail and spot work on just about every CAMBA trail in Hayward, Seeley, Cable and Namakagon, as well as routine maintenance in all trail clusters ($37,000) plus related expenses ($11,200)
• Machine built over 1.25 miles of reroutes on the Ojibwe helping bring that trail up to standard and vastly improving the riding experience, plus other machine work on Hatchery, Makwa, and FlowMama ($15,700)
• Produced two high quality trail maps on waterproof paper ($9,500) and revised our trail guide and Area map ($8,400)
• Maintenance and upkeep of our equipment including an unforeseen repair cost for our mini-excavator ($3,000+)
• Continued expansion of winter biking opportunities and trail grooming ($5,000+)

All of these important initiatives plus routine and general operating expenses (insurance, staff, signage, etc.) come at a significant cost, which are all worthwhile and necessary investments in the future of our trail system and organization.
 
We are already looking ahead to next season -  planning, budgeting and working toward making the CAMBA system the best mountain biking destination anywhere.

Our agenda for 2017 is no less ambitious, and includes:
  • Continued emphasis on maintenance and rehabilitating older trails
  • Moving into Phase 3 at Mt. Ashwabay
  • Beginning work on an Ojibwe to Esker connection
  • Completing the Bike Park
  • Completing our Video Marketing and Branding Initiative
  • Developing a new, more user-friendly and contemporary website
  • Improving signage across the entire system including trailheads, highway directional signage, and on-trail directional signs
  • Improving wayfinding systems – with comprehensive GPS data to assist emergency services
We hear all the time how special he CAMBA trail system truly is – and it is the support of our members and trail users that has helped make it all possible.  We hope you will consider making a year-end donation to keep the momentum rolling. As a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization, your donation is fully tax-deductible.

Thanks again for your support. We are looking forward to another outstanding season in 2017.

Click to donate online, via PayPal, or to download a donation form.

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