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Good News!!

The recreation site opens on September 20th at noon!

BC Govenment Information here.

Please make sure you read about the conditions at Bear Creek here.


The OTRA 2016 Annual Report is available here.


The OTRA 2015 Report is now available for downloading. You can download the report here.


Fall 2015 Update - All the trails are open that went through the cut blocks. Tolko and their contractor have worked with the OTRA to try to mitigate the damage to the trails, and ensure that the work that our club has done in the area has the least impact possible. Our work crew was idle during the worst of the fire danger, but has recently been opening and rehabilitating trails. Many of the new spur roads that were added for logging have been closed. Watch for the normal dangers, but there is a greater likelihood than normal of getting a stick in your spokes. With the recent rain we have had (early September) the trails are moist, sticky, and traction is good.

May 7, 2015 - Tolko is starting a new timber harvesting program in the Bear Creek area. This effects some of our trails.

  • Trail 1 will be closed from the Trail 14 junction all the way to Tamarack Road or trail 1a.
  • Take extreme care at all road crossing over Tamarack Road.
  • Trails 1, 2, 23, 203, 12, and 1a all use part of the haul road that Tolko will be using with logging trucks
  • Update: Look at this image and compare to the trail maps so you know where they are logging!

May 2015 - Are you ready for the implementation of the new Off-Road Vehicle Act?

Here are some recent links regarding the Act:

There was some question about whether this ACT required the use of Spark Arrestors, but it is actually in a different BC ACT - the Wildfire Act regulations. See Wildfire Regulations, Part 2, Division 1 - Precautions:


8 A person must not operate an engine, other than an engine used in a railway operation, unless (d) the engine is equipped with a safe and effective device for arresting sparks that is an integral part of the exhaust system and in good repair.

April 2015 - Read a report on the success of the OTRA during the 2014 season with a preview of our goals for 2015.

April 2015 - Read a letter from Peter Sprague, Executive Director of the BC Off-Road Motorcycling Association.


May 22, 2014 - Banner Recreation & Marine

A Special Thank You to Banner Recreation & Marine in conjunction with Bombardier Canada, who once again have stepped up to help us out with a 2015 Can-Am Outlander Max XT. This stylish and incredibly versatile machine is used for everything from maintenance and Trail Patrols to assisting our site patrons. Thanks for your support!

February, 2014 - Honda Power House

Many thanks for the ongoing support from Kelowna Honda Powerhouse. For many years they have provided 2 new quads, making our trail building and site maintenance possible. Without these quads we would not be able to move our team into place each day.

Thanks Kelowna Honda Powerhouse!

May 27, 2014 - Protection of Drinking Water in Community Watersheds Examined

VICTORIA – An investigation of how well the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA)protects drinking water in community watersheds has identified a number of improvements necessary to help ensure government objectives for drinking water quality and quantity are achieved.

"The status and management of community watersheds needs to be reviewed by government to ensure this resource is being properly managed in those places where it needs to be managed, in consideration of all types of development activity," said board chair Tim Ryan.

Link to the web page here.

Here is an excerpt from Page 20 of the report:

Benefits of a collaborative approach to managed recreation in a community watershed

In the Okanagan Shuswap district, staff from Recreation Sites and Trails BC developed a collaborative partnership with the Okanagan Trail Riders Association to manage off-highway vehicle recreation at the 35 000 hectare Bear Creek Recreation Site—the largest recreation site in BC. This recreation site, which was established under section 56(1) of FRPA, is situated in the Lambly Creek community watershed, near Kelowna, BC. Prior to stakeholder and government management, the area had a long history of unmanaged motorized vehicle use which led to soil erosion and impacts to water quality, as well as damage to grasslands. Board investigators assessed the recreation site and found numerous examples where trails previously causing soil erosion were being rehabilitated; off-road vehicle access to a stream used for drinking water had been eliminated and range developments, like water troughs, were installed to keep livestock away from riparian areas. The collaborative approach applied to this recreation site demonstrates that managed motorized recreation can be compatible with the protection of drinking water quality.


August 26, 2013: Campfire Ban Lifted

August 1, 2013: Campfire Ban

June 23, 2013: The Second Annual ATV/UTV Ride For Dad attracted twice the number of participants as last year. We've started a picture gallery here

June 16, 2013: The Family Fun Ride was a great success. View some of our favorite pics here

April 16, 2013: Congratulation to Mel Brummund, the winner of the 2013 Rebate Draw. Mel will be receiving a 100% rebate of his 2013 Season Pass purchase.

April 5, 2013: Spring newsletter



September 1, 2012: September newsletter

August 2012: Campfire Ban

August 2012: Campfire Safety Information

June 5, 2012: the June newsletter is out!

April 15, 2012: the Spring 2012 - Vol 2 Newsletter is available for your reading pleasure!

March 31, 2012: Spring Newsletter is ready for your reading pleasure!



September 6, 2011 - Fall Newsletter is ready for your reading pleasure!

July 2, 2011 - Kid's Day 2011 Announced!

June 26, 2011 - Article in Okanagan Sunday - Trail riding no longer the Wild West

June 23, 2011 - June Newsletter. Read it here.

May 1, 2011 - Buy your memberships now! Prices are going up on June 1, 2011 to cover increasing costs and less government assistance.

April 26, 2011 - Elections were held and you can see the new list of executives on our Contacts page.

March 2011 - President's Ramble - Ken Umbarger writes his final message as the outgoing president. It's an interesting read.

2010 Implementation Summary Released

During the winter, crews working under a Job Opportunities Program grant installed about 3.1km of Russell fence around portions of the Bald Range Grassland. This style of fencing is durable and blends very nicely with the landscape. The primary purpose of this fence is to deter rider access to traditional hill climbs ... read the whole report here.


September 1, 2010 - Rider's Clinic on September 25th. Read all about it here.

July 9, 2010 - New Campfire regulations have come into effect. Please read this document.

July 9, 2010 - Please take note that there is now a lot of Logging Traffic on Terrace Main. Please be careful!

June 1, 2010 - La Casa Fundraiser is planned for June 27 - 11:00AM to 3:00PM.

May 31, 2010 - Did you see the Video???

March 31, 2010 - Motorized Trail Users Warned - Castanet Story

March 30, 2010 - President's Ramble

March 8, 2010 - The science is in. The report shows that the efforts being made at Bear Creek by the Okanagan Trail Riders Association are working! Contaminants levels are dropping! This report was done before the new bridge was installed, and it shows that our efforts were having an impact even before the bridge was constructed.


December 14, 2009 - Process for building dirt biking trails 'broken' - Kelowna Capital News

July 15, 2009 - The OTRA demands support for a bridge to protect the water!

July 13, 2009 - Letters of support come in for the OTRA

July 8/10, 2009 - Another attack - this time against the Ministry of Tourism - Capital News and Castanet.

July 11, 2009 - Trail Patrol Update - Training Next Weekend!

We are having our first trail patrol training next weekend July 18 and 19 and will be meeting at the Lower Pits at 9am until approximately 1pm Saturday and Sunday.

June 24 - Castanet.net puts up a poll asking the public whether a bridge should be built across Bald Range Creek

June 24 - Castanet.net reports on OTRA Press Conference

June 23 - Kelowna Capital News reports on the Press Conference

June 23 - OTRA response to West Kelowna Council's comments and motion regarding OHV licensing

June 23 - OTRA Action Plan to solve the problems in the Bear Creek Motorized Recreation Area

June 22 - Press Conference Announcement for June 23rd, 2009, Royal Anne Hotel

June 10 - Tourism is being blamed for water damage. The OTRA is under attack again!

June 2009 - M & M Performance has donated a 100cc Honda Motorcycle as a prize for a 2009 OTRA club member! In a fantastic show of support, not only did M&M provide us with two new replacement Quads for the ones they gave us last year, they have added a new Honda to be won in a drawing held after August 31st, 2009. Some lucky OTRA member is going to get a brand new motorcycle!

June 2009 - Most of the news is on the Bear Creek page. Check it out.

May 16th, 2009 - Kelowna Capital News reports on new trail development for 2009

May 14th, 2009 - Press Release - OTRA Meets Westside Council about Managed Trails!

May 1, 2009 - Press Release - Open House


November 25, 2008 - Read the fall newsletter here.

June 8, 2008 - Read the article in the Westside Weekly describing some of the changes at Bear Creek.

April 12, 2008 - It may seem like it was a quiet winter, but a lot of work was being done to build the sustainable riding area that has been talked about in previous years. The OTRA has purchased over $100,000 in trail building equipment that will be used this year to restore and redesign trails in the Bear Creek Area. Read the Spring Newsletter here.


December 5, 2007 - Important News: The BC Government is planning on implementing licensing and registration for Off-Road Vehicles. The OTRA and BCCORMA believe that some amount of the fees should be used for the enhancement of the sport and t he improvement of the riding areas. Please read the document sent to the OTRA from BCCORMA.

November 14, 2007 - Some pictures are in from the fall riding clinic. See a special page here.

October 13, 2007 - M&M donate 2 ATV's for the Okanagan Trail Riders use in the trail design and maintenance at the Bear Creek Motorized Recreation Area. Read the details here.

October 1, 2007 - Fall Newsletter
Many thanks to the Communication Director, Wendy Dyck, for assembling another terrific newsletter. Download it here.

August 4, 2007 - Emergency Erosion Repair Work at Bear Creek
Date: Fri. Aug 3
Location: Upper Pits/Creek Area

On Fri. Aug 3rd, some emergency erosion control work was performed at Bear Creek in the Bald Range Creek/Upper Pit area as well as along the road to the Upper Pits and at the Upper Pits. The repairs have resulted in troughs and catch basins being created at the base of several steep hillsides with the idea being to prevent large water flows from creating further damage into the creek area.

These changes may or may not be signed. If you will be riding in these areas, OTRA would suggest that you familiarize yourself with the changes and ride with particular care. To maintain the effectiveness of these emergency measures, we request that riders Tread Lightly while crossing these berms.

July 31, 2007 - Call for Volunteers! For those of you who may be unaware, recent heavy rains have caused significant damage in some areas of Bear Creek. Of particular concern are the areas near the Lambly Creek Watershed (Bald Range Creek) and to steep hill climbs near the Upper & Lower Pit areas.

Lakeview Irrigation District is in the process of evaluating the impact to the creek area from Dirt Bike Trails and other origins. They are planning on carrying out some work to temporarily secure the creek from further impact. Lakeview has requested our assistance to provide volunteers for manual labour for this process. If you can spare a few hours of your time this Friday (Aug 3rd) please contact Carol Boyd (878-0189) for more details. Read more details here.

June 24, 2007 - The Ministry of Tourism, Sports, and the Arts and the Okanagan Trail Riders Association are conducting an off-highway vehicle management workshop. The session, Sustainable OHV Trails – How to Plan and Manage for Success, focuses on solutions and will be held at Okanagan University.

June 22, 2007 - Earth Shattering News! Major Funding Announcement! An email will be going out about this, but if you missed it, read it here.

April 30, 2007 - May meeting postponed until May 8, 2007.

April 30, 2007 - South Okanagan Dirt Bike Club is holding a Poker run (2MB download) on May 6, 2007.

April 27, 2007 - Castanet.net article about Dirt Bike Sound testing.

April 12, 2007 - Westside Weekly article about the OTRA application for stewardship in the Bear Creek riding area.

April 7, 2007 - The gargantuan, monstrous, overwhelmingly spectacular, spring newsletter is ready for reading. Download and enjoy!

April 3, 2007 - The OTRA will be assisting the Okanagan Dirt Riders at the April 22 event with sound testing. Terry Burke, who recently traveled to the USA for a motorcycle conference, attended a certification course on sound testing. Testing will be mandatory. Since we all know that excessive noise is the #1 issue with off road motorcycles, the OTRA will be actively helping motorcyclists reduce the noise of their machines. The goal for this year is to get every competitor's machine down below 96dba. The first step is to measure your bike so you know where it stands in comparison to others, and to the 96dba goal.

April 3, 2007 - Ken Umbarger, President of the OTRA, announced that significant funding was on the way for the club in amounts that no one was even dreaming about a few years ago. This funding will be used for restoration, mapping, signing, and trail building in the Bear Creek area. More information to follow...

April 3, 2007 - The members decided to "hold the line" on membership fees for 2007, as this Association is still in the building stage. The $20 membership fee gets to be a bigger bargain each year as the Association grows, and it achieves more significant results. Thank you for your support in the past, and please renew your membership today.

March 24, 2007 - there will be a Swap Meet on April 22nd. Please read the following notice.

March 17, 2007 - An observer at the recent Regional District Advisory Planning Commission meeting sent his thoughts to the OTRA. It seems that the Bear Creak RMZ is under attack again. Read his opinion here.

March 16, 2007
- The 2007 events calendar is now available. You can download and print it here.

March 16, 2007 - the fall Riding Clinic date has changed. Download and print the notice here.


November 1, 2006 - Castanet.net ran a poll on the web about the OTRA's funding request. Here is the wording of the poll question:

Riders Deserve Cash?

It's a plan that has been tested and proven successful in other parts of Canada and the US and local trail riders want to bring it here.

The Okanagan Trail Riders Association has applied to the Provincial government for a Stewardship Agreement of the Bear Creek area on Kelowna's Westside.

"The OTRA believes that a well designed trail system and rider regulations are long overdue," says President Ken Umbarger.

He says the club is attempting to raise $250,000 by April of 2007 and an equal amount in 2008.

Should the government fund the OTR's Request?

November 1, 2006 - Front Page News! The OTRA makes the headlines with its progressive ideas.

October 31, 2006 - Letter to the Editor of the Kelowna Daily Courier

October 29, 2006 - Stewardship Press Release

October 15, 2006 - The riders clinic was a fantastic success. See some pictures here. More information to follow...

September 2, 2006
- Adrian's Report on the July Fun Days and Riding Clinic

September 2, 2006 - President's Ramble - August 2006

April 9, 2006 - The "Kokanee Boys" certainly know how to build bridges to help the environment. This group of outdoor enthusiasts and riders heard about the problems the club was facing in Bear Creek and took the initiative by constructing a fantastic bridge. Club members were on hand to help unload the bridge constructed to cross a sensitive creek. Built with donated materials and labor provided by the "Kokanee Boys", the bridge is a solid indicator that the OTR and its members are serious about protecting the streams that flow into Bear Creek.

The club is now arranging to have the bridge moved over the creek via helicopter. Know anyone with a good helicopter who would be willing to loan it out for a good cause??

The all metal bridge was unloaded (with people power) by members of the Okanagan Trail Riders. Most crossings can be achieved with a simpler design, but this certainly proves that the "Kokanee Boys" are willing to "go the distance"!

April 9, 2006 - a Bear Creek awareness event and clean up was held on the 9th. Club members were there with a local Conservation Officer to educate the public on the need for environmental care and make them aware of noise concerns. Members also cleaned a popular camping area so everyone can utilize the area without the unsightly garbage left by the bush party idiots.

April 4, 2006 - Damage! - Some hard work by club members was undone by an unknown group at the Bear Creek lower pits. Last year our members installed men's and ladies outhouses. They were completely destroyed for no reason at all by a group that was partying at the site. Pictures here. Kelowna Capital News article (April 7) here.

February 26, 2006 - Progress! Lakeview Irrigation and OTR are working together to solve the problems. We all want this area to be managed for both recreation use and as a source of clean water for our families.

February 12, 2006
- OTR February Newsletter

February 10, 2006 - Off-road Vehicle Users Demand Say in Watershed Use - Kelowna Capital News Article

February 9, 2006 - OTR Letter to Regional District of the Central Okanagan regarding Meeting held on January 23rd at the Westside Board Office.

February 7, 2006 - OTR meets with James Moller (LID) and sends follow up letter detailing meeting topics

February 1, 2006 - ***Update*** OTR sends Thank You to Hon Rick Thorpe, MLA

February 3, 2006 - OTR plans awareness campaign and action plan to educate riders using Bear Creek area.

January 28, 2006 - MLA Rick Thorpe meets with OTR

January 28, 2006 - Press Release from OTR on the Bear Creek area.

January 25, 2006 - Local residents support OTR and Bear Creek riding area.

January 25, 2006 - Kelowna Capital News - article about Licensing fees.

January 22, 2006 - OTR President cites reasons for staying and managing the watershed instead of just using the same old "kick them out" approach.

January 15, 2006
- Lakeview Irrigation attacks recreational riders again!

January 13, 2006 - Watershed Workshop in Kelowna. (Attended by members of the OTR)


December 12, 2005 - ORV Final Report to be submitted to the BC Government for review

December 5, 2005 - Kelowna Daily Courier follow up story on Lakeview Irrigation District

November 23, 2005 - Letter posted in local newspaper by Lakeview Irrigation District Manager shows need for action by club members and local riders

November 15, 2005 - Kelowna Daily Courier report on Lakeview Irrigation Newsletter

November 10, 2005 - News Conference by OTR regarding alleged problems raised by Lakeview Irrigation District.

November 10, 2005 - News story on Castanet.net regarding Lakeview Irrigation District's comments on Trail Riders in Bear Creek RMZ.

November 9, 2005 - News story on Kelowna Capital News web site regarding Lakeview Irrigation claims.

November 8, 2005 - Club Message about responsible riding



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