Text Box: The purpose of Eastern Oregon All Terrain Vehicle Association is to preserve and expand local motorcycle and ATV riding opportunities, through education, cooperation and determination.  There is a definite threat to motorized recreation all over the country as well as right here in Northeast Oregon.  We intend to fight to keep our present riding areas open as well as expand areas for the future.
EOATVA is a 501 (c)(7) non-profit organization.


Eastern Oregon

All Terrain Vehicle Association, Inc

P.O. Box 571

La Grande, Oregon 97850


Email:    mbarber@eoni.com

Message Phone:  541-805-0172




  President– Rob Williamson

  Vice President– Larry Cribbs 963-4521

Sec/Treas– Mark Barber   963-8147  mbarber@eoni.com

  Rob Williamson

  Gary Hedden

  Kelly Haggerty

  Scott Rivard


Next meeting: Spring 2019, 7 P.M., Island City, City Hall



          If anyone has been looking at this site it is obvious I have been neglecting it. I hope to do a better job of keeping things up to date this year. I would still like to find someone to revamp our website though. It is old and stale. It just needs updated. If anyone knows of someone that could help out with that, please let me know.



          The objection period is over. Now all we can do is wait and see what comes out of it.





          MERA is open again. You still need to be careful though, even with the little bit of rain we are getting things are still really dry.

          Work is progressing on the continuation of the North Knob Trail. The first section is cut open and roughed in. It will need more work as time goes on and it gets some tracks on it. We have flagged the next section but it is on a very steep and brush covered hill side. This may be another section that will have to be built with the Kabota. There is so much brush it would take a long time to cut it out by hand and the ground work would still need done. My hope is that Sean can get through with the Kabota, then narrow up the trail behind him so that we don’t have an ATV width trail. Once this section is open it will connect with the east section of North Knob that right now ends where it hits Jeepers Creepers.

          The extension of Dead Bull that Blake built is open. I only rode it once, before it was finished, but it looks like it will be fun trail. I will have to get back up there and check it out and see how it is looking after it has some tracks on it.

          Dead Bull and Snag are now complete and come together on 208/ Easy Out where the trail becomes into North Knob. I think our main goal next year will be to get a trail around the Falcon nest exclusion area. We had a good trail already but it is now closed due to what is, in my opinion, a very poor decision that was made when we applied for grants to purchase the property and the continued refusal of the controlling parties to make any concessions. I am not sure that we have any options left other than to work around it for now.

          If you haven’t been up to MERA recently it looks to me like there is at least one new  ATV trail up near Jeepers Creepers. At least they aren’t on the map yet. Also, if you haven’t been out to the view point up there you should check it out.



          September 13 will be our day to go up on the mountain and clean things up for the winter and spring run off. We could really use some bodies to help out this year. We haven’t been able to get the whole system cleaned up in 3 or 4 years due to inclement weather. As of right now the forecast looks good, and as you know weather forcasts are never wrong. Let’s meet on Island Avenue where the John Deere store was and head for the mountain at 9am on Saturday.


                                                          GROUP RIDES

          Group rides were kind of a bust last year. I don’t know if we will try again this year or not. That will come up for discussion at the meeting.


          The Forest Service has taken a look at the Bridge on Bell Cr. Trail and decided it is safe to use for now. The will, or have, braced the broken string to get the bridge through the year. They looked at the possibility of rerouting the trail and moving the bridge, but decided the current location is the best option. They think that by doing a little in stream work and lengthening the bridge the current location will be fine. The plan for now is to locate, fall and peel the new stringers and let them set over the winter. Next summer they will be ready to go with a full bridge removal and replacement as soon as the in-stream work window opens up. I will keep you informed as the plan moves forward. I have no new info on this. Will check it out on the 13th.



          We had three Y.S.E.P. classes this year and got about 60 kids evaluated. I was happy with that. We will do it again next year and see what happens.


                                                         Volunteer Hours

          We need to keep better track of our volunteer hours. This applies to both MERA and Forest Service lands. Anytime you do any trail or road clearing on the F.S., keep track of the time you spent and the road/trail number. This all counts toward club volunteer hours, and has the added benefit of letting the F.S. know what roads are being used, giving them more reason to keep them open. You can report them to me at any time. Contact info is below, in box on the left.


                                                            WORK DAYS


I will try to post works days on here and on facebook, if I know a couple of days in advance what my plans are.



I added some new photos on a couple of pages.


I posted a copy of the club comments to the Forest Plan, at the bottom of the current newsletter page.

Text Box: The following businesses have donated scrap metal, iron, aluminum, etc. or other items, to help fund club operations.  Please support them and thank them for helping us.

Eagle Freightliner  60596 Cristad Rd, La Grande  963-8551
Hagerman Truck Parts  82891 Bud Draper Dr., Umatilla   922-6455
R.S. Davis Recycling, Inc.  30775 E. Bagget Lane, Hermiston   567-9167
Laurence’s Auto Body   1208 Willow St., La Grande    963-3427
M.J Goss Motor Co.   1415 Adams Ave, La Grande    963-4161
AC Power Sports  10701 Walton Rd, La Grande  663-1111
Outlaw Motor Sports inc.  504 NW 1st, Enterprise  426-3491 or 888 603-1273 
Cliff’s Saws and Cycles Inc.  2619 10th, Baker City  523-2412
                                      Xtreme Heights Motorsports 62867 Philynda Loop, Island City  663-0792

  Last update, 10/06/2018

We put some more blocks in 327 near Haywire Creek. Should take care of the worst of the mud but could still go a little higher.