July 31, 2020
Closure to affect access to Copper Harbor until mid-September
Logging operations on private property along a 15-mile-long section of the state-managed off-road vehicle B Route in Keweenaw County have forced temporary closure of the trail effective immediately.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division trail officials said the landowner will be conducting logging activities that directly impact the trail, and recreational use would not be safe.
A trail reroute was not possible.
“The trail is closed between Lac Labelle Road and Keystone Bay Road,” said Rob Katona, DNR central Upper Peninsula trails specialist. “Riders will not be able to access Copper Harbor and the Keweenaw Point area when traveling from locations such as Eagle Harbor, Eagle River, Phoenix, Mohawk and Calumet.”
Katona said the closed trail segment will be gated at both ends with limited area available to turn around. DNR conservation officers and county sheriff’s deputies will be patrolling the closure.
In addition, the DNR announced in late May another temporary ORV trail closure in the area for logging operations that remains in effect.
That closure involves the west side of the BK ORV Trail, located on private lands, which is closed until the timber harvest is completed.