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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

Belle Isle Park

About the chair

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

How to reserve

Available first-come, first-reserved on weekdays July 1 through Oct. 1. To make a reservation, contact 313-821-9844 (Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Use is limited to 2 hours.

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Grand Haven State Park

About the chair

Two track chairs provide accessibility to the beach. Thanks to donations from the Aletha Goodale and Family Foundation, Lori's Voice and Friends of Grand Haven State Park.

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

Island Lake Recreation Area

About the track chair

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.

How to reserve

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.

About the GRIT Freedom all-terrain wheelchair

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 the battery powered tank tracked Action TrackChair. Watch video.

How to reserve

To reserve, send a private message at Facebook.com/IslandLakeRec or call 810-229-7067.

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Ludington State Park

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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