Road Inventory Project


Comment on revised proposals: 

After incorporating input received in June and July, we have made final recommendations on which state forest roads will be open for ORV use and which will remain closed. Mail, email and online comments will be accepted until Nov. 16, 2017. In-person comments will be accepted at the Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14 Natural Resources Commission Meetings. 


DNR Roads Inventory Project
P.O. Box 456
Vanderbilt, MI 49795

Use the online map to see the DNR's road system, view final proposed closures.

Please note, the accuracy of this map is not guaranteed. The map was created with the best data available at the time it was produced. Please expect changes to occur throughout the public comment period, until the maps are finalized in January 2018.

Public Act 288 Background

This public act was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Sept. 28, 2016, and changes rules for:

  • Off road vehicle (ORV) use on state forest roads
  • Use of ORVs by hunters for the retrieval of big game animals on all state-owned lands open to hunting including game areas, wildlife areas, state parks and state recreation areas
  • Use of pack and saddle animals for the retrieval of big game animals

In addition to these changes, PA 288 also requires us to inventory and map all state forest roads. This process will be complete: 

  • In the northern Lower Peninsula by Dec. 31, 2017
  • In the Upper Peninsula by Dec. 31, 2018
  • In the southern Lower Peninsula by Dec. 31, 2018

Thousands of miles of forest roads will be opened for ORV use in the northern Lower Peninsula following the inventory and mapping, but they are not open yet. At the end of 2017, maps will be published online to let you know which forest roads are open for use and which ones are not. These maps will be updated every year.

Read the full text of Public Act 288 (PA 288)

Details and a timeline of the Road Inventory Project process

Frequently Asked Questions and Closure Criteria

View statistics for initial forest road proposals

Thank you for your input!

In June and July, we received more than 1,000 comments on our initial proposals to open or close forest roads across the Northern Lower Peninsula. Commenters provided general support or opposition to the forest road inventory project as a whole, as well as input on specific road segments. Overall, approximately 50% of the commenters disagreed with our initial recommendations, 34% agreed, and 16% did not take a position. If available, commenters’ reasons are provided on the second and third pages of the analysis.

View statistics of public input received