Missaukee Junction ORV Trail in Wexford County temporarily closed

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

Missaukee Junction ORV trail mapThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today that, effective immediately, a temporary closure of the 14.5-mile Missaukee Junction ORV Trail is anticipated to take place through spring 2018. The trail is located in the Cadillac Forest Management Unit, just two miles north of Cadillac in Wexford County.   

As a result of multiple active timber harvests taking place adjacent to the trail, sections of the trail are intermittently closed to allow for large logging equipment, which can make the trail unsafe for riders.

In addition to active timber harvests, forest management activities in the vicinity also have provided an opportunity to re-route the recreation trail along natural forest boundaries that will better serve trail users for the long term.

Timber harvests are an important tool in keeping state forests healthy. Michigan's approximately 4 million acres of state-managed forest land support a multitude of uses, including forest-based recreation, critical habitat for wildlife and timber management. In the area of the trail, trees that have reached their life expectancy or are prone to disease will be harvested. Some trees will regenerate naturally, while others will be replanted.

"The DNR balances recreation with forest health," said Blair Tweedale, DNR forester at the Manton Field Office. "As a part of carefully planned forest management activities, timber harvests help improve the health of the forest, encourage the growth of new trees and benefit wildlife habitat, all while creating an improved long-term location for the ORV trail."

Plans for the trail re-route alignment work were approved through a public input process. The logging companies will "erase" some trail segments by placing brush in the current location of the trail. Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan volunteers will reconstruct the trail in its new location along natural forest boundaries. The trail realignment project will be supported with a grant from Michigan’s Off-Road Vehicle Trail Improvement Fund.

The projects are expected to be completed in spring 2018.

Visit www.michigan.gov/dnrclosures to learn about additional closures and trail detours in DNR facilities, including state trails, boat launches, parks and campgrounds. Information on intermittent closures may not be posted.

For more information on this temporary closure, contact Scott Slavin, supervisor at Mitchell State Park, at 231-775-7911 or slavins@michigan.gov . For more information on forest management activities, contact Blair Tweedale at 231-824-3591 or tweedaleb1@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.

An accompanying map is available for download.