Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Mole Lake Veterans Off-Road Jeep Adventure

By:  Richard Ackley, Jr.
Twelve jeeps, equipped for off-road trails with heavy suspensions, roll bars and big tires, arrived in Mole Lake under cool and cloudy weather on Saturday, August 25th. 
 
The caravan of jeeps came to treat the Sokoagon Mole Lake Veterans group to a fabulous off-road adventure. These specially equipped vehicles are designed to traverse rugged, muddy, rocky and rolling trails – ideal for use in the backwoods on the reservation. 
 
The event, sponsored by the Titletown Jeepers of Northeastern Wisconsin, took the day to thank and honor local veterans with a special ride exploring wet and muddy terrain, east of the Mole Lake Lodge off Highway 55 in southern Forest County. John Lewins, president of the group and organizer of the event, thanked the people of Mole Lake for allowing their group to host the annual Mole Lake Jeep Jamboree, held each year in July.
“We just want to thank our friends and partners of Mole Lake for giving us this special opportunity to use the many excellent trails which exist here and sharing this beautiful landscape for our use which is ideal for 4×4 off-road trail riding,” Lewins said.  
 
Lewins also presented Dean VanZile, Mole Lake Veterans Director, with a check for $1,400; part of the proceeds from this past July’s jamboree held in Mole Lake. Lewins also presented a second special check for $150.00 to VanZile to show their deep appreciation for all the help the Sokaogon Chippewa Community has provided in making the annual trail ride a success.
This important event is part of a national organization, which brings off-road jeep enthusiasts from all over the country, including California, Washington and areas of New York. 
 
This year’s July event was noted for a record number of participants, bringing in 140 jeeps from all across the USA into Mole Lake. The Titletown Jeepers members spend spring, summer and fall working on the numerous trails – performing maintenance of each trail, to enhance the safety of all to participate.