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Unread 02-16-2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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Serious Off-Roading spots?

Me and the boys are growing bored. Yeah, there are the parks, and those are fun, but there is something nice about being out in the middle of nowhere. Not being surrounded by 100 other rigs.
We're looking for any trails in Lower Peninsula that anyone knows of that are good trails. Present some challenges. Most of the DNR Routes are basically dirt roads. Sight seeing routes is what we call them. Anyone know of some decent trails anywhere?


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Unread 02-16-2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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Good luck.
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Unread 02-16-2013, 02:43 PM   #3
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In the snow/ice, those boring, mostly flat sandy roads can be a hoot and a half.

The rest of the year, anyplace on state land in the LP that has entertainment value might earn you a ticket.

Been to Drummond Island?
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Unread 02-17-2013, 11:19 AM   #4
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Awesome trails in central U.P., plenty of seasonal roads less traveled in winter and lil civilization. Plenty of inexpensive lodging.
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Unread 02-18-2013, 09:24 AM   #5
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Sorry, you're not going to have much luck. Outside of the parks, there's just not much challenging that's legal. I agree with you that it's far more fun to be out in the wilderness than surrounded by other people on a couple acres.

However, as mentioned, snow can turn otherwise boring seasonal roads into interesting trails. I recommend checking out any of the state and national forrests when there's snow. I assume you've been to Manistee? But it's not fun to get stuck on a snowy trail with nobody to pull you out so make sure your Jeep can handle the amount of snow. You should also be mindful of snowmobiles.

In the below thread, a user mentions good wheeling between Traverse City and Kalkaska. I checked out this area last weekend. There's potential, but I was limited by the amount of snow so I could not fully explore.

The UP is also more interesting than the LP. The Keweenaw has some nice trails and there are some in Hiawatha National Forrest. I went up that way in late fall and would recommend it to anyone. There was just enough snow on the ground to make it interesting, and there was nobody else around.

Drummond Island is supposedly good. I've never been so it's on my list this year.

Go to the Michigan DNR website for a list of all ORV trails. It will tell you which trails re open to Jeeps, and you can print all of the maps. Aside from seasonal roads, this is what you're limited to.,4570,7...8330--,00.html
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Unread 02-19-2013, 04:43 AM   #6
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Look for impassible roads. That's what we do in spring. Some can be quiet interesting; otherwise good luck.
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Unread 03-14-2013, 04:44 PM   #7
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drummond island or bust. its the best legal public wheeling in michigan.
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