VILAS COUNTY - Before Wednesday, public ATV and UTV routes in three communities in eastern Vilas County didn't exist. However, that changed at 8 a.m. Wednesday, just in time for the unofficial kickoff to summer this weekend. Businesses hope it will draw more customers, but not everybody's sold.
"A lot of ups and downs but we finally got her done," Landover ATV Club president Roger Flaherty said of trying to get ATV and UTV routes up and running in the City of Eagle River, Town of Conover, and Town of Lincoln. The new routes connect to routes in Phelps and Forest County.
The Landover ATV Club has been working to try to bring ATV and UTV routes to certain parts of Vilas County for the past 14 years. Members finally reached their goal Wednesday, after putting in 100 volunteer hours to mark all the routes.