Tell us what you think: Comment on recommendations for ORV use on state forest roads for northern lower Michigan

Contact: Scott Whitcomb, 989-983-4101 or Kerry Wieber, 517-643-1256
Agency: Natural Resources

Oct. 2, 2017

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is welcoming comments on revised recommendations to open thousands of miles of state forest roads to off-road vehicles in the northern Lower Peninsula. The expanded access takes effect January 2018, as required by Public Act 288 of 2016.

The revised recommendations incorporate public input received in June and July. They will be discussed at Natural Resources Commission meetings Oct. 12 in Alpena and Nov. 9 in Lansing. DNR Director Keith Creagh will make a final decision at the Dec. 14 NRC meeting.

Public input will be accepted as the process continues. In-person comments will be accepted at all three NRC meetings. Mail, email and online comments will be accepted until Nov. 16:

PA 288 encourages more people to enjoy Michigan’s public lands by enhancing ORV opportunities in the northern Lower Peninsula. Beginning in 2018, all state forest roads in the region will be open to ORV use unless designated closed by the DNR. Reasons for closures include ensuring user safety, preventing user conflicts and protecting environmentally sensitive areas.

For more information about the state forest road inventory and recommendation process, visit For more information about trails in Michigan and to sign up for trail email updates, visit

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to