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Against ATVs in Three Lakes PDF Print E-mail


Letter to the Editor:

I have been a summer resident of Three Lakes for over 30 years, and a frequent visitor before then. From the beginning, I was attracted to the area by its beauty and tranquility, so different from the uproar of the city where I live.

Therefore, I’ve been sickened and disgusted to find that a small, well-organized group is pushing for an ordinance to allow ATV vehicles to use town roads.

I think it is a grave mistake to rush

this decision through without input from summer visitors who contribute much to the town’s taxes, institutions and businesses.


These vehicles are noisy and destructive to the environment. Why would the town want to give them free reign? And if it does, how will future potential investors react when considering whether to invest here?

I hope the commission will vote “no” on this ordinance.


Lawrence E. Jarchow

Three Lakes and Chicago


Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:25 PM
Last Updated on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:25 PM


+22 #3 2013-02-16 16:37
Consider this
1 Noise level is measured on level ground at constant throttle. Hills will cause much more noise.
2. Doors and Windows are closed in winter.
3. Google ATV issues and you find many National Forest list off trail issues. I expect this is from non-local riders going off trails.
4. I can't recall seeing an ATV after a weekend not being covered in mud.
5. All sports should be considered, but on all town roads?
+21 #2 2013-02-13 15:13
Going at 15 mph, a snowmobile has a DB level of 63-75; an ATV has a level of 96. The writer was correct in her assertion that ATV's are louder.
from ATVs should not be driven on paved roads. ATVs on paved roads are at risk of being hit by cars and other vehicles. While passenger vehicles contain safety features designed to protect occupants from collisions, ATVs do not. If struck by other vehicles, ATV riders can be killed or severely injured.

In addition, most ATVs have low pressure tires and a solid rear axle, where both wheels turn at the same speed. When making a turn, the ATV's inside rear wheel is intended to skid because its path length is less than the path length of the outside wheel. ATVs on paved surfaces have much better traction, which prevents the necessary skidding. This can make turning an ATV on paved surfaces unpredictable and unstable.
-24 #1 2013-02-12 21:32
I am sorry that you are so misinformed about ATV's. For one thing they are quieter than a snowmobile or a motorcycle. ATV's do not cause destruction. Check with all the communities who already have ATV routes. I started coming to Three Lakes over 30 years ago and have lived here for 24. Our town is hurting. You and many others only spend summer up here, but we depend on the tourist to keep this town going. Everyone should be able to enjoy whatever sport they like.

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