Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Trail Enthusiasts Strike Gold at BLM’s Fort Sage OHV Area

BLM's Fort Sage OHV Area
Eagle Lake Field Office

Many OHV enthusiasts today are searching for hidden trail treasures where they can explore new opportunities and experience the thrill of discovering high-quality outdoor recreation activities.

Single-Track Trail
Fort Sage OHV Area

QWR believes users who are looking for that special “trail treasure” can find just such a gem at the BLM’s Fort Sage OHV Area located about one hour north of Reno, Nevada.

Trail at Fort Sage OHV Area

According to the BLM, the Fort Sage Special Recreation Management Area, located in the high-desert region of northeastern California, provides access to over 100 miles of roads and trails for OHVs, such as motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, utility terrain vehicles and four-wheel drive vehicles.

Link to the BLM Fort Sage OHV Area

Sign at Fort Sage OHV Staging Area

The Fort Sage OHV Staging Area offers destination-type opportunities for both single and group-style RV and tent camping and access to various levels of challenging trails for a wide array of OHVs (including eMTBs).

Clean Restroom at Fort Sage OHV Staging/Camping Area

Recognizing that local government also has a responsibility to help provide connectivity for OHV recreation in rural areas; Lassen County passed a “Non-Highway” Ordinance (2011-007) that designates a number of important county dirt roads as open for use by non-street legal OHVs.   

Link to Lassen County OHV Access Ordinance

The unit also provides motorized access to many non-motorized recreation activities such as hiking, viewing of flora and fauna, MTBs, rock climbing, and scenic vistas.

Sail Rock -Unique Rock Formation
Fort Sage OHV Area

Using restoration funds from the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division’s (OHMVRD) Grant Program, the BLM has completed a number of habitat improvement and cultural protection projects.

Wildlife Restoration Project 
Fort Sage OHV Area 

The BLM also partners with the Lassen County Sheriff’s Department to have them help with law enforcement activities at the site. 

Desert Primrose
Fort Sage OHV Area

The BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office also manages a significant amount of OHV recreational opportunities which exist nearby in Nevada.  One such area is the BLM’s Dry Valley OHV Area.

BLM's Dry Valley OHV Traihead in Nevada

QWR commends the recreation staff at the BLM’s Eagle Lake Field Office for their work over the last 10-15 years to develop one of the best managed and maintained federal OHV programs in the country.

Scenic Vista Looking North Towards Susanville, CA
Fort Sage OHV Area

Maybe the single most important factor in modern OHV recreation is the use of diverse partnerships as a synergistic force multiplier when it comes to the management of motorized use on designated roads, trails, and riding areas.

Famous Black Diamond OHV Trail
Fort Sage OHV Area

The high standard set for this unit by its outdoor recreation staff with support from line-officers could not have happened without cultivating long-term partnerships with the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division’s Grant Program, local OHV groups, county agencies, and other stakeholders.

For those of you who are OHV trail treasure hunters, QWR suggests you plan a trip to the BLM’s Fort Sage OHV Area where you can explore and enjoy our public lands.

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