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Old November 17th, 2009, 11:32 PM   #1
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Lookin to take my quads to leota for the weekend anyone know where I can set up the camper? Are the trails even open?
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Old November 17th, 2009, 11:36 PM   #2
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been since the early 90's since i have been there used to be a blast
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Old November 17th, 2009, 11:42 PM   #3
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took the jeep a couple months ago and that was pretty boring. hoping quads will be more fun
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Old November 17th, 2009, 11:51 PM   #4
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Trails are closed during deer season.
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Old November 17th, 2009, 11:54 PM   #5
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When you do go, most people seem to camp in the parking lot.
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Old November 19th, 2009, 12:03 PM   #7
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also - I was just on the DNR's orv website and I didn't see anything that mentioned any closures.
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When you do go, most people seem to camp in the parking lot.
No, people dont really camp in the parking area, unless you are over at Joneville bridge area.... There are a ton of really nice camping spots by the river... If you would like when you come up, the hubby and I can show you where the camping spots are.. We camp there all the time.. We were just on the trails last weekend... Didn't see anything closed but did see lots of quads and a few hunters
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No, people dont really camp in the parking area, unless you are over at Joneville bridge area.... There are a ton of really nice camping spots by the river... If you would like when you come up, the hubby and I can show you where the camping spots are.. We camp there all the time.. We were just on the trails last weekend... Didn't see anything closed but did see lots of quads and a few hunters
Yes, people really camp in the parking area. Every single time I have ridden at Leota, there has been people in a few tents and or a camper or two.

Specifically, I am talking about the Leota ORV trailhead - and I think the same one you are.

Of these camping spot you mention - are they accessible in a 2WD truck? I may beg of you to show me a spot - that is the only thing I don't like about Leota is that there is no good place to stay close to the trailhead.
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I was thinking of the big spot on Canoe Camp Road where everyone parks their trucks and trailers at first, then realized you meant the trail head (blond moment )
Yes you can get to the spots by the river in a 2 wd. Its a road, people take their big ass motorhomes and grandma's caddy down them.. Any time you want to come up just let me know and we will be more than happy to show you the spots...
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also - I was just on the DNR's orv website and I didn't see anything that mentioned any closures.
In 15 years or more of hunting with my dad, and on my own I have never once seen anyone on an ORV during deer season through there.
During archery/small game seasons, there are TONS of them, but never a single one during firearm deer season. They may not be officially closed, but its still probably a good idea to stay off of them for 2 weeks in November...
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Not closed - but hours of operation are severely restricted. Here are the state's words:

ORV operation is prohibited in public hunting areas during the November firearm deer season, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for these cases:

Going to or from a residence or hunting camp that is inaccessible by a conventional vehicle (subject to state land regulations)
On private property, with landowner’s permission
Passenger vehicles while being operated on roads capable of sustaining automobile traffic
Persons holding a “Permit to Hunt From a Standing Vehicle” or otherwise meeting disability requirements while engaged in hunting or fishing activity


So, you can ride out to your stand/blind before 0700, come in for lunch after 1100 and back out by 1400 and come back in after 1700...
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Not closed - but hours of operation are severely restricted. Here are the state's words:

ORV operation is prohibited in public hunting areas during the November firearm deer season, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for these cases:

Going to or from a residence or hunting camp that is inaccessible by a conventional vehicle (subject to state land regulations)
On private property, with landowner’s permission
Passenger vehicles while being operated on roads capable of sustaining automobile traffic
Persons holding a “Permit to Hunt From a Standing Vehicle” or otherwise meeting disability requirements while engaged in hunting or fishing activity


So, you can ride out to your stand/blind before 0700, come in for lunch after 1100 and back out by 1400 and come back in after 1700...
Thanks Duffy!

We stay out of the woods these two weeks - hiking, bicycling and motorcycling. Firearms guise get two weeks a year and we get 52 - seems unfair to bug 'em.
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