Bridge that services Lincoln Hills-area trails has been replaced; trail open to all users

Contact: Todd Neiss, 231-775-9727, ext. 6045
Agency: Natural Resources

June 30, 2017

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that the bridge that services the Lincoln Hills ORV route, Snowmobile Trail #35 and the Silver Creek Pathway in Lake County has reopened following a bridge replacement project.

The bridge is popular with both motorized and nonmotorized trail users. The new, user-friendly bridge was widened to 72 inches to better accommodate side-by-side ORVs. The opening of the bridge also re-establishes connectivity to the nonmotorized Silver Creek Pathway.

"We are excited to announce that the bridge has been replaced and is open in time for the holiday weekend," said Todd Neiss, trails specialist with the DNR. "The area trails are popular with ORV and snowmobile riders, as well as hikers and cross-country skiers, and this project will have a positive impact on the trail system." 

The ORV Trail Improvement Fund, which is generated through the sale of ORV licenses and permits, was used for the bridge project. The ORV Trail Improvement Funds are reinvested back into the ORV system and help fund trail expansion, maintenance and infrastructure improvements.

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For more information, contact Todd Neiss at 231-775-9727, ext. 6045 or visit

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