Clayton Lake Dual Sport Ride 2021

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Date(s) - October 7, 2021 - October 11, 2021
All Day

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Clayton Lake State Park

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After a 5 year hiatus, our Clayton Lake Dual Sport Ride is happening again October 7-11, 2021. We will be camping at Clayton Lake State Park in southeast Oklahoma, and riding much of the Weyerhauser timberland in the area. Lots and lots of rocks, fire roads, mostly two-track. Some is rough and some is easy dirt roads. This is not an “official” event. We are just going riding and you are welcome to join us. No entry fee, no insurance, no recovery truck. You need the ability to change your own flat and fix your own bike. GPS that works without cell phone coverage is HIGHLY recommended. If you get hurt it can take several hours to get to medical care. Ask me how I know.

There is limited gas available in the area so you will want the ability to ride at least 90-100 miles on a tank of gas – more is better. I also recommend breaking into groups of 8-12 riders to keep the dust manageable. Hook up with some like-minded riders and hopefully some who have ridden the area before. Bring spare front and rear tube and some tools. Flats are quite common on these rides. Bring plenty of water, and a small first-aid kit is highly recommended. You will be crossing creeks so waterproof boots are a good idea.

Body Armor

And did I mention rocks? It is ROCKY. Body armor for knees, elbows, spine, and shins are highly recommended. We have had a lot of people break bones on these rides, usually because of improper riding gear.

You will have the most fun with some type of dirt-oriented dual-sport, but I did try to map out some tracks for bigger bikes like GS’s and Tigers. The paved and county road riding in the area is fantastic so you can find some good riding for all types of bikes. I used to ride a BMW F650GS on pretty well all these trails, but switched to a Suzuki DRZ-400 several years ago and have a lot more fun and less work.

Riders on the K-Trail

Women Riders

We have several ladies who ride this route, but they are all pretty experienced riders. We welcome ladies and couples who like to ride. You can do the macho hard super fast ride if you want, but my groups usually rides at a slower pace and enjoy the scenery. And the scenery is absolutely spectacular. Most people have no idea how beautiful the vista’s are in southeast Oklahoma.

Bring your own food. There is no food at Clayton Lake State Park. You can ride into Clayton for groceries, breakfast, and dinner, but the options are limited. Hotels are very, very limited. There is a small hotel in Clayton but it is likely to be full. The next nearest hotel is 35-miles away in Antlers, and no big chain hotels there.

Expect to cross several streams and rivers.

GPS Tracks

I have uploaded some tracks from past rides to the Google drive link below. I tried to categorize these to the best of my memory. Several of them cross the Little River where a bridge is out. If the water is high at this crossing, you WILL NOT be able to cross. Period. If the water is low, and you are a pretty darn good rider on a dirt bike, you may be able to cross. Crossing the Little River at this bridge out is like riding a trials bike, but lots of us have done it successfully. If you can’t cross, follow the trails to the next bridge over Little River about 5 miles south.

Past GPS TRACKS

Land Access Fee

Most of this ride is on land owned by various timber companies. To legally ride you need a Land Access Fee from the State of Oklahoma. The money generated goes to maintaining access to over 200,000 acres of private forest land. You can get a 3-day Land Access Fee for $10 anywhere you purchase a hunting license, included Walmart and online. You can also get a yearly land-access fee for $40.

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Land Access Fee

Out-of State Riders

Out-of-state dual sport riders who want to explore the dirt roads of the Honobia/Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area – a huge chunk of what we ride on – will need to purchase a non-resident annual land access fee for $85. Yea, it sucks they don’t offer a 3-day permit, but I don’t control that. If you ride county roads and state highways you won’t need to pay a fee, but all the good stuff is forest roads, and the fine is over $200 if you don’t have your permit. We have had people ticketed on past rides, so a land access fee permit is recommended.

We have plenty of women riders over the years. Body armor is highly recommended.

There is a major bridge out over Little River. During high water it is impossible to cross. During low water, people with smaller dirt bikes and good riding skills can cross, although it is like riding observed trials.

This is a picture from Day 2 crossing the Little River at the bridge-out location. You can see part of the boulder-strewn river bottom, although I didn’t get the most difficult part in this picture. Only a handful of riders make it across without at least a foot down. I was 1 for 2 on my crossings, putting my foot down a few times on my DRZ. There is a much easier bridge crossing 5 miles south.

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  1. I may only be able to ride part of Wed, Thurs and Fri morning. But I’m looking forward to every mile and making new friends.