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By: Robert Janis

Wildman Ranch

Wisconsin Resort Attracts Rough Riding ATV’ers

 





If a rugged terrain with high ridges and scenic views is what you’re looking for when you traverse the trails, then you might want to check out the Wildman Ranch in Northeastern Wisconsin.

Opened in 1990, the Ranch has two facilities--one in Athelstane and the other in Niagara, Wisconsin. It has been catering to ATV’ers since 2003.

According to Michael Krejcarek of Wildman Ranch, glaciers shaped the topography of the area. “There are a lot of high ridges and interesting features,” he said. “Marinette County, where we’re located, has one of the most extensive trail systems in Wisconsin. There are more than 200 miles of public trails.  It is a beautiful ride. You go through heavy woods and pine forests and cross rivers. There are breath-taking vistas along the way with big hills and sharp curves. You’ll cover quite a wide variety of different types of areas.”

Krejcarek noted that the local ATV clubs keep the trails in very good condition. He describes the trails as having a sandy soil that is kept flat. The public trails are open only to ATVs and S-UTVs.

The Wildman Ranch

The Wildman Ranch started off as a raft outfitter on the Peshtigo River. Over the years the facilities were built up and more activities were added and a second site was constructed on the Menominee River in 2005.

The resort offers a variety of outdoor adventure activities including whitewater rafting, kayaking, sea kayaking, a high rope challenge course, rock climbing, paint ball combat, golf, snowmobiling, and ATV riding.

Wildman Ranch rents S-UTVs and also offers guided tours of the trails. “The tours are generally a three- to four-hour trip that covers 50 miles. There are a few different loops we use, and on each tour we have a few stops so that riders can enjoy the area. We also stop to grab something to eat at a local pub and grub place alongside the trail,” said Krejcarek.

The most popular stop on the tour is McClintock Park, he said. “The Peshtigo River runs through it and there are islands with old logging cabins that are connected by bridges. The rest of the park has large virgin pines. It is a great place to explore, relax, and take a break during the ride,” said Krejcarek.

Guests can rent an S-UTV for a total of $190 on the weekends and $175 during the weekdays. Also, the ranch organizes rides.

As noted the Wildman Ranch has two facilities. In combination the two have a total of 10 campsites on the whitewater section of the Peshtigo River where there are waterfalls.

The accommodations also include five cozy cabins, which are bunk house style lodging with only a heater, electrical outlets, and beds; and 10 full-service cabins that sleep from 4 to 16 people. A campsite costs $9 per person a night; the bunk house or cozy cabins are $60 a night on weekdays and $72 a night on weekends. The full service cabins cost from $150 up to $325 a night. All cabins include a picnic table and fire pit.

The Menominee River facility has a Texas-style barbecue restaurant, which also caters the Peshtigo facility where guests eat in the outdoor pavilion. Bluegrass and blues artists provide the entertainment on the weekends.

The Ranch offers discount packages depending on the amount of activities you sign up for. The more activities one signs up for, the greater the discount.

The Ranch has a close relationship with two ATV club organizers. “We work with them on different ways we can contribute to the trails,” said Krejcarek. The local clubs help to promote the ranch and the ranch’s staff volunteers to help maintain the trails.

For more information visit the Wildman Ranch website at www.wildmanranch.com.


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