Department of Natural Resources
As a result of multiple active timber harvests taking place adjacent to the trail, a temporary closure of the 14.5-mile Missaukee Junction ORV Trail is in place. Sections of the trail are intermittently closed to allow for large logging equipment, which can make the trail unsafe for riders. The trail is located in the Cadillac Forest Management Unit, just two miles north of Cadillac in Wexford County.
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.
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.