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ORV operation is prohibited on state-owned lands, except on roads, trails, or areas designated for this purpose.

  • State Forest Lands: ORV restrictions vary by location.
    • Upper Peninsula: ORV operation is permitted on designated trails and forest roads in the Upper Peninsula unless posted as closed.
    • Lower Peninsula: ORV operation is permitted on all designated trails, designated areas, and designated routes in the Lower Peninsula. ORVs are prohibited on forest roads.
    • Statewide: ORV use on designated trails is limited to vehicles with an overall width of less than 50 inches. Off-trail or off-route operation outside of a desig­nated area is prohibited except for licensed hunters operating an ORV at speeds of 5 mph or less for the purpose of removing deer, bear, or elk.
  • State Game Areas: No motorized vehicle operation is allowed except on established roads open to the public. ORVs are prohibited.
  • State Parks and State Recreation Areas: ORV operation is prohibited except in designated areas of Silver Lake State Park.

Cross-Country ORV Operation

Cross-country ORV operation on state-owned lands is permitted only on:

  • Designated areas at Silver Lake State Park in Oceana County
  • St. Helen Motorsport Area in Roscommon County
  • Black Mountain Scramble Area in Cheboygan County (operation of a motorized vehicle that is greater than 50 inches in width is prohibited within the boundaries of the Scramble Area)
  • Designated trails and routes