• ORV use on state forest roads

    Public Act 288 (PA 288), enacted in Sept. 2016, requires the DNR to inventory and map all state forest roads in the Northern Lower Peninsula by the end of 2017, and the Upper Peninsula and southern Lower Peninsula by the end of 2018. To date, the implementation of the law has resulted in 84% of the state forest roads in the northern Lower Peninsula being opened to ORV use. The decisions on state forest roads that will be opened or closed to ORV use in the Upper Peninsula and southern Lower Peninsula will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The law also allows for the cross-country retrieval of deer, bear and elk using ORVs and horses. See FAQs and closure criteria.

    Annual review process

    The mapping and inventory process is an ongoing effort, with reviews being completed on the ground by DNR staff as well as an in-depth review of public comments each year:

    • Comments on current maps are accepted until Aug. 31 each year
    • Comments on proposed changes to maps are accepted during open comment periods