Recent flooding causes 1-mile closure on Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

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

June 28, 2017

White Pine Trail washoutThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that a 1-mile section of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park in Mecosta County temporarily has closed due to recent rains. Portions of the section have been washed out and are not stable. 

The trail closure is located between 180th Avenue and Johnson Road, just 5 miles south of Big Rapids in Mecosta Township. The detour includes the utilization of township roads that have a narrow gravel shoulder. An estimated time for repairs to the trail section is not available until a more detailed assessment of the damage is completed and construction is planned.

A detour route has been identified and signed.

  • If traveling south to north, turn right or east on Johnson Road, turn left or north onto 180th Avenue and travel 1 mile north until the White Pine Trail crosses 180th Avenue.
  • If traveling north to south, turn left or south onto 180th Avenue, travel south 1 mile to Johnson Road, turn right or west onto Johnson Road and travel a half-mile to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail.

Updates on the reconstruction of the trail, including an estimated completion date, can be found at Additional information on other closures and trail detours in DNR facilities, including state trails, boat launches, parks and campgrounds, also is listed on this page.

Questions about the trail closure may be directed to Scott Slavin, DNR unit supervisor at White Pine Trail State Park, at 231-775-7911 or

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

An accompanying photo is available below for download. A suggested caption follows.

A temporary 1-mile section of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park, located in Mecosta County, temporarily has been closed between 180th Avenue and Johnson Road, due to a washout.