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Michigan's ORV Trails

Michigan's public ORV system offers thousands of miles of trail and route riding opportunities.

These trails may be lightly groomed. Riders are likely to encounter narrow sand trails, rough moguls, steep hills, stumps, rocks, brush, loose surfaces, and other hazards.

Michigan's ORV trails and routes are designed for two-way travel. Users always need to stay to the right and be alert for oncoming traffic.

Trails may be designed for motorcycles and ATVs and are recommended for advanced riders only.

Be alert at all times when riding on routes designated for other vehicles, including automobiles and trucks. Many times, drivers of larger vehicles fail to notice smaller motorcycles and ATVs.

To prepare for safety:

  • Always make sure your ORV is in good operating condition.
  • Check the gas level before riding. In one hour, riders can travel farther than they can walk in eight.
  • Don't forget your tools, trail maps, a first-aid kit, and a compass.
  • Always ride with a companion.
  • Keep your lights on at all times while operating your ORV.
  • Know your local emergency telephone numbers before you ride.
  • Share your riding plan with others; let them know where you are going and how long you will be gone.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources provides ORV trail maps. These maps are available on the DNR’s website at:

ORV Law Information

Call or write:

Dept. of Natural Resources
Law Enforcement Division
P.O. Box 30031
Lansing, Ml 48909-7931
TTY Hearing Impaired
711 (Michigan Relay Center)

Dept. of Natural Resources
Forest Resources Division
P.O. Box 30452
Lansing, MI 48909-7952

To ensure the enjoyment for future riders, report riding violations by calling or texting at: 1-800-292-7800.