Our wet ponds are environmentally sensitive areas and when riding the trails around River Ranch we ask that you stay out of the ponds. Destruction of the ponds can result in a fine from the DEP and can ultimately cause the DEP to come in and protect them themselves.
Please take a moment to watch these educational videos about what wet ponds are, how to identify them and what to do if you come across one while riding.
FINES / FWC
It was also voted to increase the fines for people who violate RRPOA rules from $100 to $1000. FWC will be helping patrol RRPOA and enforcing rules regarding wet ponds and riding in the canal. We are currently working on a tri-fold map for members with wet ponds listed, along with GPS coordinates of the wet ponds and roads around them marked on the map.
While we are working on this map we are also encouraging members to use the following website that is a national inventory of wetlands https://www.fws.gov/wetlands/data/mapper.html . Simply follow the instructions for the wetlands mapper. It can be used on your phone and will work with your phone's GPS to let you know exactly where you are so that you can determine if you are in a wetland or not. We have put signs up on many of the wetlands around River Ranch and most if not all signs have been destroyed soon after they have been posted. This is why we are encouraging members to use this website.