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The LaRiviere Riders, Inc. Saddle Club was formed to preserve and enhance the LaRiviere Horse Park in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.   The Riders Club leases the LaRiviere Horse Park from the City of Prairie du Chien for horse camping and trail riding.   Volunteered time and donated funds are used strictly to manage and maintain the park and adjoining trails.  Many of the trails are through private property which we are generously permitted to ride on.  It’s important that everyone be courteous of the land owner’s rights.

Our mission is to increase public awareness  and promote the presence and availability of the LaRiviere Horse Park for future generations, offer quality riding areas, the opportunity to observe nature, and emphasize on affordable  and safe family oriented horse related activities and camping.

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Park Notices:

Monthly meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of each month (no December meeting) at either the Horse Park or the Bridgeport Fire Station, to be announced. Find us on Facebook for additional information.

Annual meeting is the 4th Saturday of February each year at the Brideport Fire Station, Prairie du Chien.

Semi-annual meeting is the 3rd Saturday of June at the horse park.

Oct 1, 2014:
As of October 1, some trials are closed to hunting, please respect the landowner's wishes.

May 2015: (Date to be announced)
Open House 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

June 19-21, 2015:
Rider Appreciation Weekend - semi-annual meeting, 3:30pm

Labor Day Weekend 2015:
Rider Appreciation Weekend

Membership:  All new or renewed memberships received after September 1 will carry over to include the following year.

Trails:  Many trails are on private property, so please do not ride where there is not a trail.

Self Registration:  Our State approved camping license requires registration of all campers.  Please see the form at this link: Park Use Registration Form. This information is used only for safety and grant purposes.  Forms and a drop box are provided in the kiosk at the south entrance of the horse camp near the donation tube. Membership forms will also be made available in the same area. Camping is FIRST COME FIRST SERVED, there are no reservations. A random drawing of the completed Registration forms will be made at the end of the riding season and a nice prize will be awarded.

Manure Pits:  Manure must be put in the holding areas provided and wheelbarrows are provided. 

Portable Pens:  Portable pens are not allowed.  Corrals, hitching rails and picket lines are provided.

Dogs:  Dogs must be leashed in the campground and Park trails, at all times, and are not allowed on private property trails without permission.  This has become a concern of the campers and Riders, Inc. and will be enforced.

Speed Limit:  10 MPH speed limit signs have been posted. 

Members strive to conserve the natural resources and enhance the environment by improving good trail maintenance techniques.  One member attended a Horse Council sponsored trail improvement class and is certified in trail improvement and maintenance.  He generously shares his knowledge to target areas that challenge the impact of high trail use, maximizing the benefits of the experienced talents of volunteers. We attempt to minimize the adverse impacts on the agricultural and recreational properties used for the horse trails within and around the Park area. Improvements have been made and will continue to be made to the park by sharing the knowledge of the members.  See the Membership tab to become a member of the LaRiviere Riders, Inc.  Membership is $10 per family per year (one mailing per address).  Your continued support is welcomed and needed to maintain this wonderful place to ride.

The riders experience the many wonders of nature as the trails take them through the woods to open fields and many hills and valleys. Some trails are not marked, and several can be rather challenging to the inexperienced rider.  Trail signage and maps are in the works.  We strive to provide an affordable opportunity for families with horses to share their experiences.  Through the generous donations of horse campers, various grants that become available, and volunteers, the LaRiviere Riders, Inc. has been able to maintain and improve the horse park.

The park opens sometime in April, weather depending, and closes the 2nd weekend in November.  Some private property trails are closed periodically for hunting.  Notices will be posted and signs will be out to indicate which trails are closed for the season.  We ask that closed trail signs be acknowledged, they are closed for a reason.

The club officers and board of directors meet monthly to discuss issues that arise.  Projects for improvements are decided by the Officers & Board of Directors as funding and grants become available.  Specific improvements and concerns are always welcome to be presented to the Board for review, however, some improvements and changes do require approval of the City Park Board.

Prairie du Chien is a short drive from the Park and offers a variety of amenities, include shopping, fine dining, fast foods, grocery stores , gambling casino, movie theater, bowling alley, hospital, sporting goods, and historical attractions, just to mention a few.

Park amenities:
First come first serve campsites
Electrical hook ups and primitive areas
Well water hydrant for drinking water
Automatic waterer for horses
Picket lines, corrals, and hitching rails
Picnic tables and fire rings
Manure pits and wheel barrows
Two shelters for picnicking
Trash dumpsters
Pit toilets

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