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Unread 09-28-2009, 09:14 AM   #1
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Legal Trails in Michgan Listed.

Below is a list of legal ORV trails. If you have navigated any of these please post pics and/or something about the experience. A rating of 1 (Poor) to 5 (best) would be great.

Legal Trails and Length:

Upper Peninsula:
Bill Nichols route - 37 mi
Champion - Republic Route - 9 mi
Felch Grade Route - 38 mi
Hancoc k- Calument Route - 14 mi
Marenesco - Iron River Route - 67 mi

Lower Peninsula:
Black Lake Route - 16 mi
Brush Creek Route - 35 mi
Denton routes - 11 mi
Devil Lake Route - 10 mi
Elk Route - 9 mi
Frederic Route - 10 mi
Gladwin Route - 3 mi
Grand Traverse Route - 5 mi
Kalkaska Routes - 39 mi
Lincoln Hills Route - 23 mi
Little Manistee Route - 47 mi
Mio Route - 15 mi
North Branch Route -26 mi
North Missaukee Routes - 37 mi
Ogemaw Hills Routes - 6 mi
Old State House Route - 12 mi
Red Bridge Route - 5 mi
St. Helen - Denton connector route - 21 mi
St. Helen Routes - 10 mi
Tin Cup Springs Route - 26 mi
Tomahawk Creek Route - 15 mi
Tomahawk Route - 8 mi

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Unread 09-28-2009, 09:23 AM   #2
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Lincoln hiils
tin cup and all the other trails in that area (badwin area) are more of quad trails.
Same with the mio area from what i can remember.
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Unread 09-29-2009, 06:08 AM   #3
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I have been wondering about these trails. If someone knows the start/end points, it would be a nice reference to know where they are located.
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Unread 09-29-2009, 10:12 AM   #4
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go to google type in michigan ohv and it should be one of the first choices that lists all the ohv trails in michigan. it states starting points, end points, snowmobile, quad, dirtbike or ohv 4x4
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Unread 09-29-2009, 12:58 PM   #5
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go to google type in michigan ohv and it should be one of the first choices that lists all the ohv trails in michigan. it states starting points, end points, snowmobile, quad, dirtbike or ohv 4x4
I cross referenced the routes and bolded the Michigan OHV site ones that matched.

Missing were: Lower Peninsula:
Brush Creek Route - 35 mi
Elk Route - 9 mi

There is a bunch more on the Michigan site, but I assume the others are non-4x4 trails?
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Unread 09-30-2009, 09:59 AM   #6
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What about Drummond Island? Great place to wheel, with tons of trails!!
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Unread 09-30-2009, 06:26 PM   #7
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The key to legal trails in Michigan is looking for ones listed as "ORV Routes".
These are open to all orv's with current orv sticker. Trails are limited to 50" max width.

There are also many seasonal and forest roads. These should be considered scenic drives, not for the hard core enthusiast. In the lower peninsula I believe the general rule for these roads is.....You must be able to travel in 2wd with grandmas station wagon with stock tires. We have a small group that usually gets out on the seasonal roads once a month just to be out in the woods, have a relaxing ride, have a nice cookout in the woods.

I purchased the "Michigan Off Road Guide & Travel Atlas" from this site Off Road Venture, LLC (Michigan ATV, Motorcycle, Snowmobile Trail Maps - ORV Rules guide). They also have a booklet available listing rules and regulations for state and local rules.
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I go to school in the U.P. and hit a lot more of the seasonal forest roads, and some of those spots are defiantly for the hardcore enthusiast. Last night we were out and got stuck about 3 times between two vehicles. Guess what 3 times was a ranger not the ZJ
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Unread 10-03-2009, 11:42 PM   #9
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Denton trail is ORV and ATV. 20+miles ATV and about 10ish ORV.
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Unread 10-04-2009, 01:07 PM   #10
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Lincoln hiils
tin cup and all the other trails in that area (badwin area) are more of quad trails.
Same with the mio area from what i can remember.
this is where i ride my dirt bike/quad it sucks flying up over a hill and having a dune buggy/truck doing the same thing the other way
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Unread 10-17-2009, 05:02 PM   #11
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Drummond Island Video

I went to Drummond Island in August to drive the ORV Route. My brother took his stock 95 YJ, a friend with his 2003 stock Rubi, and another friend with a CJ. The CJ ran into mechanical problems so the driver became a passenger in one of the other Jeeps. My two young sons went with us also. We stayed at Papins Cabins, which was a nice place and reasonably priced too. We drove the Tight Twisties, Marblehead, Connor's Hole, Hallfrisch Trail and many others. It was a great time. Here's a link to the video that I put on Facebook. I'm not really sure how to embed a video.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/v...d=131442833959

Here is a link to the same video on Photobucket, but it's a lower quality version.

http://s976.photobucket.com/albums/a...lightstiny.flv

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Great stuff!! Thanks for the post
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Unread 10-19-2009, 06:42 PM   #13
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Nice video. I'm going up to Drummond Thursday night for a 4 day weekend. Your video just got me more excited. I've never been there but it looks great.
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Unread 10-19-2009, 10:19 PM   #14
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Looks like fun - thanks for posting it up.
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Unread 10-23-2009, 01:58 PM   #15
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Hey guys, I am so glad to have stumbled upon this thread. I haven't heard of have of these places. I lived up in the Upper Peninsula for a couple years, and I agree with Greeeeenberg. I never have been to Drummond Island, but I have heard it was pretty good. There are some decent trails up in the Tahquamenon Falls area. Also up in the Porcupine Mountains, as well as the Keweenaw.
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