Road Inventory Project

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We’ve completed our inventory and classified all state forest roads in the Northern Lower Peninsula. Of the total 7,552 miles of forest roads, 6,308 miles are now open to ORV use. An ORV license is required.

Signs are not yet in place, but will be installed on roads that are closed to ORV use as soon as possible, depending on ground conditions. Maps of forest roads open and closed to ORV use can be viewed in the following ways: 

Online Map

Printable County Maps

Public Act 288 Background

This public act was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Sept. 28, 2016, and changes rules for:

  • Off road vehicle (ORV) use on state forest roads
  • Use of ORVs by hunters for the retrieval of big game animals on all state-owned lands open to hunting including game areas, wildlife areas, state parks and state recreation areas
  • Use of pack and saddle animals for the retrieval of big game animals

In addition to these changes, PA 288 also requires us to inventory and map all state forest roads. This process will be complete: 

  • In the northern Lower Peninsula by Dec. 31, 2017
  • In the Upper Peninsula by Dec. 31, 2018
  • In the southern Lower Peninsula by Dec. 31, 2018

Read the full text of Public Act 288 (PA 288)

Details and a timeline of the Road Inventory Project process

Frequently Asked Questions and Closure Criteria

Thank you for your input!

During two public comment periods, we received nearly 2,000 comments on our proposals to open or close forest roads across the Northern Lower Peninsula. Commenters provided general support or opposition to the forest road inventory project as a whole, as well as input on specific road segments.