Presidents Message

A Message From our President                                           October 17, 2014

Permit 2015 2nd



 To all our dedicated volunteers, 

It’s another rainy day in Muskoka and I am trying to get my head around snowmobiling again. For those of you that know me, I live sledding year round! So much has been going on over the summer I don’t know where to start. As many are aware, we need a crossing over the CP Rail tracks in Bala on C114 (the infamous Oka Road Trail) to get the trail off  Hwy. # 38 and the Hwy. #169 junction. To this end, Mike Webb and myself have been in touch with various engineering firms to get some quotes on put this project together. This portion of the project alone is in excess of $20,000.00. I have applied to the OFSC for funding and have been informed that our application was forwarded on to The National Trails Coalition, which is the federal body in charge of distributing the 10 Million dollars that was announced by the federal government back in the spring. The Province of Ontario was eligible for $ 750,000.00 of the total amount. I just received notice that our final approval should be coming some time near the end of this month. Our portion of the grant is 50% of the total cost. The OfSC has agreed to cover half of our cost and the rest is up to us. The MSR has committed $2,000.00 at this point and we will be responsible for the balance. We will need about $ 3,500.00 which will clean out our bank account. All this just to make a presentation to CP Rail to see if they will us to build the bridge. The estimated cost of the new trail and bridge is about $ 200,000.00. That being said, it is evident that we will need to do some fund raising in the future since we will likely be asked to put funds toward the future bridge.

Fund raising is never a fun thing to do but I have spoken to a few other clubs around us and found that they have had very good luck with year long bottle drives. I am looking into this as well. I am hoping that some of our volunteers would be willing to work with me on this and get it rolling. If we don’t get moving on raising funds there is no reason to continue with the bridge project. That would be a huge loss for everyone.

Another item we are working on is installing a new bridge on C101D (the Bob Kenwright Memorial Trail) at the Southwood Road end. This bridge is over 20 years old, rotted and had a very large beaver dam under it. Last Saturday, Oct 11, ProLine Rentals supplied us with an excavator for this adventure. ProLine provides us with the use of much needed equipment on an as necessary basis. If you need equipment be sure to use them. It is our way of thanking them. Let them know you are a club member. Gary Quaife and I were able to remove the bridge and the beaver dam under it. Gary has been monitoring it all week and looks like the beavers have not yet tried to rebuild the dam. We are planning to rebuild the bridge, including hauling in the lumber on Saturday Oct. 25 at 9:00 am. We sure need help from you since we also have to brush the trail to get the material in. If you can help out please e-mail me and let me know your availability. We have a few other brushing projects to tend to as well and are scheduling one for every Saturday from now till the snow flies. It has been so wet that we have not been able to access many of our trails to this point. I am sure lots of unforeseen situations will arise as we start to access our trail system. I will keep you posted.

The next big item to deal with is the installation of the Port Carling bridges and rope barricades. Bob McTavish is setting this up and we expect it to be December 6th. Gary or I will keep everyone informed. As in the past, with a few good helpers this job has generally gone quite quickly. We will likely install the “T” bar posts and rope barricades before that time. Hopefully before the ground freezes.

Just a final reminder to be sure to purchase your trail permit on line by Nov. 1 to get the discounted price of $ 180.00. The Toronto Snowmobile and ATV Show is coming up next weekend and our club will be manning the MSR booth on Friday evening from 5:00pm till 9:00pm. If you are planning to drop down, stop in and we can gab about sledding in Muskoka.

Bob Hogg has been trying to keep our website current and needs pictures and information to be put into it. Please send him any pictures and comments you may have that would be help with the updates. Thanks for being involved in sending photos and comments on our web page. It is very difficult to keep it current since we have very little going on here in the summer months.

I hope this brings you some what up to date and as time moves on, I will be sending out more information. Watch for our “HELP” requests and please let me know your availability. We always need help. If you are available during the week, we can arrange for a work project for us to get to.

See you on the trails, work season is upon us.


Rene’ Leenaars




Muskoka Lakes Snow Trails Association Annual General Meeting

MLSTA 2014 AGM is this Sat, May 3

at Glen Orchard Community Centre

10am until noon 

Attached see below

-Minutes from last year’s AGM

-Agenda for Saturday’s meeting.

AGM Agenda 2014-15

MINUTES AGM May 4-2013



See you there!

2013-15 Board of Directors:

René Leenaars; Mike Webb; Jack Fenn; Bob McTavish; Janet Leenaars;

Bob Hogg; Gary Quaife; Steve Elliott ; Steve Long; Terry Grant; Marg Kenwright




MLSTA AGM 2014…. Muskoka Snowmobiling

MLSTA Snowmobilers & Friends,

Welcome to MLSTA AGM 2014



at Glen Orchard Community Centre

(Opposite Glen Orchard P.S. on Muskoka Road 169)

Review the Season & Hear Reports on

Trails, Equipment, Financials


Presented by MLSTA 2013-2015 Board of Directors—

René Leenaars (president), Bob Hogg, Bob McTavish,

Gary Quaife, Jack Fenn, Mike Webb, Janet Leenaars,

Steve Elliott, Steve Long, Terry Grant, Marg Kenwright


Muskoka Snowmobile Ride Mar 5th

Hello, All,

Conditions are good, winter is thriving, there’s a ride this Wednesday March 5 for lunch at Maple Valley Sport Club in Penetang.

A good time for a Georgian Bay crossing.

Leaving at 10am sharp from intersection of C Trail and C101D. Take C114 south from Bala, right onto C101D to C trail.

Hope to see you there, safe riding,


Muskoka Snowmobile Trip

Good Ride to Port Sydney, Wed, Feb 26

Many of our riding companions were snowmobiling farther away or vacationing in warmer places, so we were a group of two on Wednesday. We had a fabulous ride on perfectly groomed trails throughout MLSTA, SnoBombers, and Hill’n’Gully Clubs. Marylee had the same great conditions out of Six Star. We found it interesting when we checked our mileage as we embarked on Trail 37 that Marylee and I had ridden from our homes in Mactier and Torrance, respectively, exactly 77.4 km and 77.8 km. Round trip was just over 200km.

What a variety of trails we experienced –  through woods, over steep hills of logging roads, through open fields, over ice crossings on Silver, Brandy, and Three Mile Lakes. The wind glossed snow over some of the open areas but the sunshine made for good visibility and the groomed and signed trails were always easy to follow. Good food at Mary’s Lakeside restaurant, only a kilometre or so of road travel off the trail. Hoping for another interesting ride next week, Wednesday, March 5. Maybe take the trip on Georgian Bay from Honey Harbor to have lunch at Maple Valley Club in Penetang.

Hope to see you next week,



Muskoka Snowmobile Ride

We had a great ride to Port Severn for lunch on Wednesday, February 19.  Several of our group did the loop from Mactier, others from Port Carling or Bala. The trails were great all over.

Below (l-r) René, Bruce, Marylee, Lisa, Mike enjoy the river view from the MacDonald River Bridge in “Baxter Snow Riders” (Port Severn, Honey Harbour area)

Muskoka Snow

Muskoka Snow









We overtook Don Martin (left) of S.M.A.R.T. (Severn Falls/Coldwater area) as he was grooming C Trail. Pausing for a chat is René Leenaars (right) of M.L.S.T.A. (Bala, Bass Lake, Port Carling, and Moonbridge)


MLSTA Port Carling Orginized Sled Ride

Hello, Snowmobilers, we certainly have snow.

Here are some dates for MLSTA Club Rides, every 2nd Wednesday starting Jan 15. We can do some Saturdays too, first one being Feb 1st.

Hope many can come along. Over lunch on our first ride we can trade ideas for other ride destinations.

This Wed, Jan 15, please meet by 10am at Trail C101D & 114. That’s basically southwest of Bala.

We can go through Gravenhurst to Bracebridge, have lunch at Crabby Joes or Swiss Chalet or Pizza Pizza, all near Cdn Tire for gas.

Good sledding!

Margaret 🙂

Margaret Kenwright,

MLSTA sect’y,