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ORV riding

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ORV riding

Time to ride!

Michigan has over 4,000 miles of state-designated ORV trails, scramble areas, (eligible) county, state forest and national forest roads, and frozen surfaces of public waters, making it a top destination for ORV riders of all levels. Find information on permits, rules and regulations, and where to ride.

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ORV license and trail permit

Learn the requirements for when you need to purchase an ORV license and an ORV trail permit. See a chart of requirements by vehicle type.

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Where to ride

Find interactive ORV trail and route maps, PDF maps and GPX files. Plus, information on scramble areas (Silver Lake, Holly Oaks, etc.), state forest roads and more.

Two youth in ORV riding gear

Ages and safety certificate

Age requirement to operate an ORV and who needs a safety certificate.

ORVs riding through a forest trail in spring

State forest roads

See which forest roads you can ride on, provide comments on proposed roads.

Additional information

Ride Right

Learn how to "Ride Right" so you ride home safe.

Free ORV Weekend

Ride without a license or trail permit on Free ORV Weekend.



Check for trail closures and detours.

Recreation Passport

Recreation Passport

Required for vehicle entry to state trailheads, parks and campgrounds.

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Trail etiquette

Learn how to share the trails.

At work for you

The Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Workgroup assists the Michigan Trails Advisory Council and advises the DNR as it relates to the creation, development, operation and maintenance of the state’s designated snowmobile trail system.

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