Representatives from BF Goodrich and UFWDA convened at the Interlake State Recreation Area in Lynnville Indiana to present the Boonie Riders 4x4 Club with the 2011 Outstanding Trails Award.
The Boonie Riders, a member club of the Indiana Four Wheel Drive Association, have worked relentlessly on behalf of the sport of four wheeling and their efforts are paying dividends! Together, with assistance from the Bluegrass 4x4 Club of Henderson KY area, the Boonie Riders have been able to partner with the Indiana DNR to maintain and extend Trail 19 in the Interlake SRA.
The Interlake State Recreation Area is a 3,500-acre property, owned and managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources that offers activities for all types of outdoor enthusiasts including hunting, fishing, horseback riding and mountain climbing. Interlake, former coal mine land straddling Pike and Warrick Counties, is now open as a multi-use recreational facility. From steep rugged spoil banks to rolling hilly grasslands, man-made lakes and final cut strip pits; Interlake has a diverse array of topography.
Marcus Baffoe-Bonnie, Light Truck Country Marketing Manager for BF Goodrich, and Pat Brower, Business Development Manger for UFWDA, were met at their hotel by IFWDA representative Ryan Sweany, who guided them to the Interlake State Recreation Area where they met up with the Boonie Riders 4x4 Club, the Bluegrass 4x4 Club, representatives of the Indiana Four Wheel Drive Association and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The morning was split between a little light trail maintenance and a ride to showcase the newer section being added to the trail.
Trail 19 is located on the south-eastern area of the property, just north of the new parking area and is one of the few trails in the area that can be attempted in a stock or mild vehicle. It’s a beautiful drive through maturing conifer and hardwood forests. The shade offers a nice diversion from the open prairie trails of Interlake’s central areas on sunny summer days. The trail runs along one of the property’s many ridges, with several moderate climbs, small mud holes, and off-camber situations; providing just enough to give the new four-wheeler a thrill, with a low risk of body damage. Volunteers have also marked out a new “more difficult” extension, dubbed “3 Stones” for the 3 car-sized boulders the trail traverses. This extension still needs to be cut, some erosion control put in place, and to be properly marked, but the public is going to love it.
After the trail ride, everyone met back at the tents erected in the newly graveled parking lot for a fantastic lunch provided by Dave of Bill and Dave’s Smokin Pit, beverages provided by IFWDA, and a mouth-watering array of other dishes courtesy of the many club members. Following lunch, Boonie Riders’ President, Rich Reisz, was presented with the BFG Award Plaque. Short speeches from Marcus, Rich, Pat, Rob Robbins (President of Indiana four Wheel Drive Association), and Carman Jackson of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources rounded out the presentation.
UFWDA would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Rich, Rob, Ryan and all the great Boonie Riders, Bluegrass members, and Indiana four Wheel Drive Association for their hard work with the Indiana DNR to provide this fantastic 4x4 opportunity for the enjoyment of all. A rock garden, which has the potential to be one of the longest man-made rock crawling courses in the region, is also being planned. If you have not yet visited Interlake SRA, you need to put it on your list! Camping is available in nearby Lynnville, IN. Hotels and restaurants are just down the road near Evansville.