Detour issued for section of Pioneer Trail in Ontonagon County

Contact: Jeff Kakuk 906-563-9247, ext. 109
Agency: Natural Resources

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that a section of Pioneer Trail, located between Norwich Road and Victoria Road in Ontonagon County, is temporarily closed due to construction. A signed reroute is in place that uses the “VC” trail as a detour. This is a very scenic route with many changes in elevation for riders to enjoy.

“The temporary closure is required to ensure the safety of our riders and the construction crew,” said Don Helsel, president of MI-TRALE. “The closure is expected to be in effect through the end of October.”

MI-TRALE is the Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment, an alliance of multiple trail and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. The organization is a grant sponsor for maintenance of ORV trails in that area.

The remediation of the trail includes culvert repairs, adding fill, grading, shaping and compaction. MI-TRALE asks that all riders respect the 5.5-mile trail closure and use the established detour.

It is recommended that those planning to visit the Pioneer Trail, visit 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 is listed on this page.

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

For more information on this project, contact Jeff Kakuk, DNR western Upper Peninsula trails specialist, at 906-563-9247, ext. 109 or

Learn more about statewide trail opportunities at the DNR website

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