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Track chairs

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Track chairs

Track chairs are off-road, electronic chairs can easily handle trails, snow, sand and even up to 8 inches of water, allowing users to explore areas of the parks that traditional wheelchairs might not reach. They are already available on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost. 

Service animals or pets are welcome, but must be under the control at all times. Leashes, long clothing, blankets or other dangling items are at risk of becoming entangled in the chair.

Park staff and/or volunteers are unable to assist with transfers. Users must sign a waiver of liability.

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Bald Mountain Recreation Area

About the chair

The park’s track chair provides access to our park’s beach, numerous picnic sites and the Rathburg Trail. The chair is at our headquarters located at 1330 E. Greenshield Road in Lake Orion. You may leave you vehicle parked at park headquarters. 

Learn more about Bald Mountain Recreation Area.

How to reserve

Available on a first-come, first-served basis 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Use is limited to 2 hours due to battery life. To reserve (at least 24 hour notice is preferred), please call the park at 248-693-6767.

Bay City State Park

Coming soon!

Donated by Kali's Cure. The track chair can be used throughout the park, including trails and the beach.

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Grand Haven State Park

About the chairs

Three track chairs provide accessibility to the beach. Two Action TrackChairs were donated by the Goodale and Family Foundation and Friends of Grand Haven State Park and a Freedom Trax chair was donated by Lori's Voice for the Freedom chair.

How to reserve

Online reservations are available May 1-Oct. 31. If you have any questions, contact DNR-PRD-GrandHavenSP@Michigan.gov.

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Holland State Park

About the chairs

The park's two track chairs help provide access to the park's beach and trails. Donated by Family Hope Foundation.

How to reserve

Available first-come, first-reserved Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No weekends for the time being. To make a reservation, call the park at 616-399-9390 and speak with Sean or Dana. 

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Ionia

About the chair

The park's track chair help provide access to the park's trails, wildlife and scenery.

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Island Lake Recreation Area

About the chairs

The park's track chair was donated by Friends of Island Lake Recreation Area. Track chairs are allowed throughout the park with the exception of the Blue and Yellow multi-use trails. It can be transported by park staff to a parking lot location of your choice. Fishing rod and firearm holders, head light, and attendant control are welcome.

The park's GRIT Freedom all-terrain wheelchair was donated by the Dan Barry Research Program through University of Michigan Medical School Physical Medical Rehabilitation program. This manual, lever-driven chair uses mountain bike tires as opposed to a battery powered tank. Watch video.

How to reserve

The track chair is available first-come, first-reserved year-round 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make a reservation, contact 810-229-7067 (Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Use is limited to 3 hours. Additional hours by request during hunting season.

The GRIT Freedom all-terrain wheelchair is available by reservation. Please send a private message at Facebook.com/IslandLakeRec or call 810-229-7067.

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Ludington State Park

About the chair

One of two track chairs has been donated by Friends of Ludington State Park. Additional funds are being raised to purchase the second chair. The track chair helps provides accessibility to the park’s beaches and trails.

The chairs may be along the beach between the Big Sable River and Big Sable Point, beach at Hamlin Lake, as well as on the park’s trails along the Big Sable River.

Chair users should meet park staff behind the park headquarters, accessed via the Pines Campground entrance road, for a brief orientation of the chair’s operation.  You will be asked the area where you will use the chair when you arrive.

How to reserve

Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Visit Friends track chair reservation sign-up form to make a reservation.

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Maybury State Park

About the chair

Donated by Kali's Cure. The park's track chair helps provide access to the park's 26 miles of trail experiences, meadows and forested areas.

It's located at the park headquarters maintenance shop, located off the Eight Mile Road park entrance. Your vehicle may be parked at the shop area.

Friends of Maybury volunteers are available for guided hikes. Volunteers are knowledgeable about natural features and history at the park. Each hike takes 1 to 1.5 hours and utilizes both paved and unpaved trails. Hikes are available spring through late fall based on volunteer hike leader availability.

How to reserve

Call the park office at 248-349-8390 (Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

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Muskegon State Park

About the chair

Donated by Kali's Cure. The track chair helps provide accessibility to the park's beaches and trails.

The chairs may be used through most of the park. When making a reservation you will be asked the area you would like to use the chair so staff can deliver it to the general area of use.

How to reserve

Available first-come, first-reserved year-round Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (May 1-Oct. 31). To make a reservation, call the park at 231-744-3480.

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Tahquamenon Falls State Park

About the chair

Donated by Kali's Cure. The track chair help provide access to the park's trails, wildlife and scenery.

The park's track chair is located at the Upper Falls' Fact Shack

How to reserve

Available first-come, first-reserved year-round (reservations must be made 24 hours or more in advance). When the track chair is not reserved in advance, it will be available to borrow first-come, first-served at the Upper Falls Fact Shack from noon to 5 p.m. (June 1-Sept. 5). To make advance reservations, email DNR-TFalls@Michigan.gov, call 906-492-3415 or send a private message at Facebook.com/TQFalls.

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Waterloo Recreation Area

About the chair

Donated by Kali's Cure. The track chair help provide access to the park's nature trails, wildlife and scenery.

It's located at the Gerald Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Road, for use on nearby trails.

How to reserve

Please call the Gerald Eddy Discovery Center at 734-475-3170 to make a reservation, in hour increments, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Wilderness State Park

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