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– Chris Hedden  786-5675

  Vice President– Larry Cribbs 963-4521

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

  Ray Clements   910-6708

  Gary Hedden

  Tim Mahon

  Scott Rivard


Next meeting: July 12 2016, 7 P.M., Island City, City Hall






          There has been quite a bit going on since I last updated this page. May 14 we had our 3rd annual MERA motorized work day. We had 10 people participate. Sean, Dick, Kelley, Chris, Patty and one other person all worked on cleaning up an ATV trail that was roughed in last fall. It sounds like they made some good progress on it.

          Rob, Chris, Marty and Mark spent the day working on a couple of sidehills on 317. Where 317 crosses 407 and heads north, with the exception of one rocky section, it is now in really good shape and open to ride. The north end comes out on an unmarked old road. If you go right on that road and keep going about a 1/4 mile you will run into an ATV trail that you can ride out so you don’t have to back track. Eventually we will have to extend 317 off of the knob, but that isn’t a priority right now. We are also hoping to extend the trail system off MERA and onto Forest Service land and tie into Evans Trail and also allowing easier access to get to Long Ridge trail.

          The other section we worked on is back down the hill between 201 and the jeep 222. It was/is really overgrown with brush and the roots make it very difficult to cut the trail wider along the hillside. We got quite a bit of the brush cut back and much of the sidehill cut in. We will need to find more time to finish this section up. It isn’t signed yet (the carsonites are in, but no numbers yet), but if you can find it you are welcome to ride it. Rob, Marty and I have since then gone back and finished cutting the hillside in as well as brushing on across 206 and back to 206. Rob and I rode this July 2 and it is a really good section of trail, but like most of the single track, it needs more people to ride it.

          There is quite a bit more single track that we got roughed in last fall that still needs finished up and we will get back to it when we get the time and some help.

          Earlier this year we made a pass through the lower sections on 317 and 327 and removed literally hundreds of rocks and boulders from the trails. If you have been on these trails before and did not like the rocks, give them another try, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I have heard that on some sections the brush has grown up over the trail, but there shouldn’t as many hidden obstacles as there used to be. Cutting back brush is another project that needs done, but without more help it is just going to take time to get it done.

          The logging is done and most of the cleanup has been taken care of.

          If you are familiar with the trails on MERA and have any suggestions for trail names please let me know your ideas. We are looking to name the trails and possibly make them easier to identify.



                                                             GROUP RIDES

          We have decided to try again this year to see if we can get some members together and have a monthly ride. We will try to plan them a month ahead and go the weekend after each meeting. The June ride was rained out. We will try again next month. Call Chris for more info.           541 786-5675


          Breshears is open. Depending on how you get there, there is logging going on on the Hanckock lands and it may cause issues with getting to the trail system.



          We had our first evaluation May 21. There were 7 kids that showed up and received there cards. Four 7 year olds and 3 12 year olds. The weather looked ominous and rain was predicted, but it actually turned out pretty decent. We set July 28 for our next evaluation. This is a Thursday evening and will be at 6:30 PM at the MERA training area.


                                                         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. We will have a big push to get maintenance done on MERA before things dry out too much. Help is always appreciated.

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

Last update, 07/10/2016

Working on 317, getting the hillside cut in.