Expect temporary closures along Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park in Mecosta and Osceola counties

Contact: Scott Slavin, 231-775-7911
Agency: Natural Resources

Nov. 3, 2017

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that upcoming maintenance projects in preparation for the snowmobile season will mean temporary closures along the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park in Mecosta and Osceola counties.

The Reed City covered bridge, along the trail in Osceola County, currently is experiencing erosion on its southern abutment which, if left to continue, would close the trail to both nonmotorized and motorized use. DNR crews will be working to fix the erosion prior to snowmobile season to prevent lengthier trail closures and re-routing of snowmobile traffic. 

The second work area is north of Stanwood (in Mecosta County) where earlier this year a culvert failed, forming a 35-foot-deep sink hole on the trail. DNR crews have set a temporary bridge over the failed culvert area to divert trail traffic from unsafe roadways. The bridge has been set and site preparation is now under way.

Currently, the failed culvert and the Reed City covered bridge are both being engineered and have been identified for replacement.  

It is recommended that anyone planning to visit the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park first visit www.michigan.gov/dnrclosures to view any anticipated changes to the reopening date. Additional information on closures and trail detours in DNR facilities, including state trails, boat launches, parks and campgrounds, also are listed on this page.

For more information, contact Scott Slavin, DNR unit supervisor at Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park, at 231-775-7911 or slavins@michigan.gov.

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 www.michigan.gov/dnr.