• ORV use on state forest roads

    Public Act 288 (PA 288), enacted in 2016, required the DNR to inventory and map all state forest roads. To date, the implementation of the law has resulted in 89% of state forest roads being opened to ORV use (including roads that are open seasonally). 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
    •  Approved changes are incorporated into the maps and go into effect April 1 each year
    • Read the 2021 road inventory review summary