ORV/ATV Riding in Michigan

Agency: Natural Resources

ORV RidersMichigan's public Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) trail/route system provides four types of riding opportunities, including motorcycle trails, all terrain vehicle (ATV) trails, ORV routes (which are open to ORVs of all sizes including Secretary of State licensed vehicles) and scramble areas.

There are five scramble areas, including two in the state forest (St. Helen's Motorsport Area and Black Lake Scramble Area), one at Silver Lake State Park, one at Bull Gap in the Huron National Forest and one at The Mounds (a Genesee County Park). Please note that a Recreation Passport is required for entry into Silver Lake State Park. Check with the land owners of the other scramble areas for entry requirements in addition to an ORV license.

The ORV trail/route system covers 3,800 miles with 73% on state forests. Of the system, 30% is cycle trail, 50% is ATV trail and 20% is route. In the Lower Peninsula, the ORV trail/route system is the only legal place to ride non-Secretary of State licensed ORVs on public lands other than frozen waters. In the Upper Peninsula, it is legal for ORVs to operate on state forest roads as well as the designated trail system, unless a specific state forest road is posted closed to ORV use. Trails are lightly groomed and riders are likely to encounter narrow sand trails, rough moguls, steep hills, stumps, rocks, brush, loose surfaces and other hazards.

DNR announces Free ORV Weekends June 11-12 and Aug. 20-21, 2016
Off-road enthusiasts can enjoy two Free ORV Weekends this summer. Residents and nonresidents can ride DNR-designated routes and trails, including Silver Lake State Park, without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit. Please note that during the June 11-12 weekend, the second Free Fishing Weekend will take place and the Recreation Passport will not be required at any state park or recreation area during the weekend.

ORV/ATV Trail Maps & Data