2014 Iowa Off-Highway Vehicle Park Development Workshop


The National-Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), in conjunction with Iowa Central Community College, Webster County Improvement Corporation, Webster County Conservation Department, City of Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa OHV Association, Webster County Wheelers, and Friends of Webster County Conservation, will conduct an OHV Park Development Workshop on May 16-17, 2014. The 2-day workshop will consist of morning classroom sessions at the Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and afternoon field sessions at the Gypsum City OHV Park in Fort Dodge.


When: May 16-17, 2014

Where: Iowa Central Community College
East Campus - Triton Room
2031 Quail Avenue West
Fort Dodge, IA 50501


Online Registration is required.


Register!        Agenda


There is no registration fee but advance online registration is required. The number of participants is limited, so please register early. If you have problems registering, please contact our office at trailhead@nohvcc.org or call us at 800-348-6487.


Attendees must provide their own transportation from the Iowa Central Community College to the field workshop sessions at the Gypsum City OHV Park. Once at the Gypsum City OHV Park you will have the opportunity to ride your Off-Highway Motorcycle (OHM), ATV, or Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV also called side by side or UTV) on the trails at the park, but if you do not have an OHV we will make arrangements to transport you to locations within the park so that you can observe the construction and maintenance activities underway at the park. Please bring your OHM, ATV, or ROV if possible. All attendees must bring appropriate personal protective equipment (helmets, boots, gloves, long-sleeve jerseys, long pants, etc.).

 Workshop Details

Friday focuses on topics of interest to state, county and city government leaders, planners, land managers, and recreation managers. Saturday focuses on how partnerships with enthusiast organizations and individuals can improve and expand OHV park recreation opportunities. Government personnel and OHV enthusiasts are invited to attend both days.  Check the agenda above for more details.

The workshop will focus on planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of fun and sustainable OHV parks. Morning sessions will be held at the Triton Room of the Iowa Central Community College, and afternoon sessions will be conducted at the Gypsum City OHV Park. The intended audience for Friday’s workshop is land and recreation managers from state agencies, county conservation departments, county and city officials, members of the state RTP committee, law enforcement agencies, OHV organizations, and other stakeholders. Saturday’s sessions will focus on enthusiast organizations, individual OHV enthusiasts, and other non-government organizations, but all Friday’s attendees are invited to return on Saturday to learn how public-private partnerships can leverage resources to provide needed recreation opportunities to the public.


Classroom sessions:


  • Applying the 4Es to meet OHV needs and desires
  • OHV park planning
  • Trail system planning and design
  • Trail system maintenance and operation
  • Maximizing partnerships to leverage limited resources
  • Gypsum City OHV Park challenges and successes
  • How what has been learned at Gypsum City can be applied to other parks
  • Innovative programs such as Polaris Rider X



Field sessions:


  • Trail design, layout, construction and maintenance demonstrations
  • Trail maintenance techniques and equipment demonstrations
  • How to successfully maintain and expand an existing OHV park
  • Creative trail design and layout exercises
  • When trail relocation is preferable to unaffordable maintenance
  • Trail design considerations for ATV, ROV, and OHM vehicles


Lodging Information


Attendees must make their own lodging reservations. The Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau has provided the following link to hotels in Fort Dodge:   http://fortdodgecvb.com/lodging.htm


If you have questions, please email us at trailhead@nohvcc.org or call Jack Terrell at 863-984-9294.