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    Wisconsin Dells JET BLAST Freeride 2022 - Badgerland Jet Pilots 2nd Decade Begins

    Yes, after 10 years I am officially retired from organizing the Jet Blast freerides going forward, but the new organizers, Tommy & Brady (and "The Committee to Replace Paul", lol, yep, it's a real thing) have retained my volunteer services as Messenger and possibly also MC on Saturday night at Jet Blast, so here we go...

    Jet Blast 2022

    It’s official, JB22 is happening, our 11th year in a row, and the dates are May 31st through June 5th. As always it begins the Tuesday immediately after Memorial Day and runs until that Sunday, with the primary raffle/festivities happening on Saturday night.

    The big news for 2022 is another change of location for us. After spending 9 of the last 10 years on the lower stretch of the Wisconsin River near the The Narrows, we are now moving a bit north, just off the Hwy 82 bridge – right in the heart of all the great tree riding area and the mouth of the Lemonweir River.

    The official location for JB22 is going to be The Rock Camping Resort and Bar, about 1 mile north of the Hwy 82 bridge, on the west side of the river, with Point Bluff Tubing/Camping Resort (just a mile away from The Rock, and on the east side of the river) being the “overflow” location. Both campgrounds are owned by the same couple, Fred & Julie, and managed by Heather. Many of us have frequented these places over the past 5 years of their ownership, so we know how well they have treated us, and I can say they are very excited to have the opportunity to host Jet Blast…as we’ve been discussing this possibility with them for the past few years.

    The Rock has about 25 campsites and 3 rental cabins, and Point Bluff has about 20 campsites, with basically all of them being right on the water, and both campgrounds have boat launches on site. Due to space being a bit more limited than at HS, everyone needs to understand a few things.

    Campsites are allowed to have 2 units/tents and up to 6 adults each. Therefore, everyone should try to put at least 4-6 adults on each campsite. If you’re unable to do this with your own group, please post up on the BJP facebook page and try to buddy up with others. This will save you $$ and help us to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend.
    Most of the campsites at The Rock are ideal for tents or small campers…just a few RV sites there, so people with larger RVs should try/plan to camp at Point Bluff, as the sites there are much better suited for RVs – with gravel, hook ups, etc…
    The Rock has the famous “marina” with sand beach all the way around, as well as sand beach on the north end…and it is overall very flat, relative to what we had at HS, so parking/beaching skis is much easier – and people camping at Point Bluff will be able to leave skis at The Rock (in case water levels don’t allow enough beach space at Point Bluff).
    We fully expect the campsites/cabins at both locations to sell out, so you will need to decide and commit soon.

    Both campgrounds have very nice bars right next to the camping areas and bathrooms are nearby as well. There are also some excellent restaurants/bars in the nearby area, for those who wish to explore a bit. The Rock is also on the county ATV trails. Keep in mind this area is about 10 miles north of where we have been, and the residents/businesses in this area truly do not consider themselves as “the Dells”, so this means prices are considerably lower and customer service is considerably better. All of those who have spent time in this area can attest to this. We will have more details posted regarding things like golf carts, ATVs, scooters, etc…as those details are finalized, but in the meantime you can call Heather at The Rock to start booking at (608)847-6269, and let her know it is for Jet Blast 2022, as we have the entire campground reserved for just us.


    Pictures coming...


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    Re: Wisconsin Dells JET BLAST Freeride 2022 - Badgerland Jet Pilots 2nd Decade Begins

    The Rock Camping Resort picture dump...
    Most of the pictures are showing the large group site (P-1 and P-2), and/or our views from that site. Power to the group site requires 100+ feet of extension cord from the outdoor bar area. The orange river sites (R-7 through R-14) have a power hook up at each of them. Bringing power over to the yellow river sites (R-1 through R-6) requires a good 50-100 feet of extension cord as you piggyback on to the power at the site across from you. About 3/4 of the river sites are large enough to easily fit 2 large tents/units. All are large enough for 2 tents/units if you simply park your vehicles in the parking lot on the other side of the bar. Not far at all, and tons of space there. There is a row of very nice bathrooms on the back side of the bar, right near the campsites, and the shower house is directly across from the RV sites (AA & BB) - not far at all. Overall the place is very flat - no crazy cliffs or hills to climb. Lots of beach space to park skis in the "marina" and at the beach on the north end right at sites R-6 and R-7. And depending on water levels, there is exposed beach to park skis at all the yellow riverside sites.

    There are additional tent/RV sites not shown on this map, in the area next to AA and BB, and there are several rustic sites another 100yds or so south of AA and BB. Both 2 bedroom cabins are about 100ft from sites AA and BB, and the 1 bedroom cabin is another 100yds north of the larger cabins.

    Overall, everything is laid out so everyone is much more "together" than we have been at HS or ever were at River Bay. It is much more like Hattie Sherwood, except with lots of beach space and flatter....and there is a bar with cheap beer and awesome Kozy's pizzas.

    Several large "group bonfire" areas available.

    They are currently constructing something like 20 or so additional sites, along the river, just to the south of everything currently - saw the progress when I was there in August - but I'm assuming those won't be done until 2023. Not sure on that, but it's just always been a fun place to stay & ride. Proximity to where the Lemonweir enters the Wisconsin River makes for some interesting riding options within normal stand-up fuel range. And being just 6 miles from the Castle Rock dam means getting up there to ride the rapids and hang out on the beach there is very doable. There is also a cool beach 5 miles south of The Rock on the west shore at 60th St. And I'm sure we can come up with plans for fuel transport if anyone wants to get to the narrows.

    Lots of water to explore up around the Hwy 82 bridge when you're not running out of fuel

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    Re: Wisconsin Dells JET BLAST Freeride 2022 - Badgerland Jet Pilots 2nd Decade Begins



    WHEN IN DOUBT, GAS IT!

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    WHEN IN DOUBT, GAS IT!

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    WHEN IN DOUBT, GAS IT!

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    Re: Wisconsin Dells JET BLAST Freeride 2022 - Badgerland Jet Pilots 2nd Decade Begins

    Campground map.

    daily-campers-map-2.jpg


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    Re: Wisconsin Dells JET BLAST Freeride 2022 - Badgerland Jet Pilots 2nd Decade Begins

    Campsites for JB22 are filling up fast. Limited supply means you can't wait till the week/month before like in prior years. Tommy & Brady are already adding new sponsors for phase 2 of the BJP freerides. Impressive...


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    Re: Wisconsin Dells JET BLAST Freeride 2022 - Badgerland Jet Pilots 2nd Decade Begins

    Update from FB:

    Reminder time.
    I'm not sure that 100% of everyone is aware, but I'm not the organizer of Jet Blast anymore. I retired after JB21. Ten years and done for me. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Brady Garbrecht and Tommy Cash. They are the ones working directly with The Rock and Point Bluff campgrounds and all the sponsors..and the CWCAC, along with the committee of people helping them drive the crazy bus in my retirement.

    This also means that postings you see from them about Jet Blast updates, booking, raffle sponsors, etc..that is all the stuff that is happening, and that is the stuff that will keep everyone up to date and you should pay attention to.

    Yes, I'm helping them in the background, providing information they need to continue the event, but they're doing all the work, making all the decisions, handling the negotiations. I'm just a resource. Yeah, I'm being kept up to speed as needed, but I'm not the person to ask about campground/booking stuff, as I'm not in direct communication with Heather at The Rock at all since JB21 ended.

    With all this said, I was made aware that perhaps the sudden lack of direct reminder postings, coming from me personally, has some people (the normal ones who have lives don't live on FB, lol) may not be aware of when Jet Blast 2022 is happening, and that Spring is actually going to show up, and that if you don't book a campsite soon you may be unable to get one last minute, so here it goes...

    JB22 is happening the week/weekend immediately following Memorial Day, same as it has every year. This means the official dates are Tuesday May 31st through Sunday June 5th, with the CWCAC raffle happening on Saturday eve.

    CRITICAL INFO: Our new host campground, The Rock, is a bit smaller than we really need, currently, so it is CRITICAL that everyone does what they can to maximize all the campsites. What does this mean? It means following their rule of having a max of TWO UNITS on every site. What is a UNIT? A unit is any tent, camper, whatever. I've been to The Rock many times. Every site has enough room for 2 large tents and then some. So to max out the space, for example, don't put 2 adults in individual tents on a single site. Instead, the 2 adults should share a larger tent, and then find another 2 adults to share another tent on the same site. Simple. Kind of a PITA, yes, but not really. And it's really only for just this one year. Why? Because The Rock is more than doubling their riverside campsite total right now. I was there last September and checked it out. It's going to be awesome. That huge area between their long driveway and the river is being cleared to make riverfront campsites, lots of them. So the point here is after we do what we need to make things work this year, we will have a much bigger and better home for future Jet Blast events from here on out......and the overall layout at The Rock is just so much better in so many ways than River Bay, Hattie Sherwood, and Holiday Shores ever was...with sensible owners and management as well. No crazy hills, plenty of sandy beach, a bar and bathrooms right next to everyone, multiple easy ways to launch skis, frozen Kozy's pizza at the bar, cheap drinks, etc etc etc...so going through a little extra hassle this year is going to pay off nicely for all attendees down the road.

    So, ideally, it would be great if everyone who has already booked would list here what site they booked and who/how many will be on that site....or at least post up in here if you have a site booked and do NOT already have at least FOUR adults set up to share that site - so that others can know and then make arrangements to load up that site with you, as we really should be putting 4 to 6 adults on every site.

    Make sense?

    Also, Point Bluff is the overflow campground, especially for pop-ups and RV type campers, as it is better set up for more RVs. It's just over on the other side of the river a mile away, and everyone camping there will be more than welcome to hang out at The Rock all they want.

    Lastly, JB22 is now just over 7 weeks away. Yes, less than 2 months. If you haven't already started making plans, it is now time. Just like all past years for Jet Blast, a short time out from the event it will appear that summer isn't going to get here in time, and then it always shows up just in time, and we consistently get blessed with excellent weather for us. I fully anticipate the same for year eleven. Jet Blast goes to eleven...

    Thanks everyone.


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    WHEN IN DOUBT, GAS IT!

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    I don't come here to make enemies - only to identify them...

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