Roads, streets, and highways maintained for year-round automobile travel are closed to ORV operation, including the shoulder and the right-of-way. ORVs registered as motor vehicles by the Secretary of State may be operated on the roadway. In addition, ORVs are prohibited from operation on any part of an interstate highway.
ORVs may be operated on a roadway in accordance with a locally enacted ordinance. The ORV rider is responsible for contacting the local authorities to find out which roadways are open to ORV use. In addition, ORVs may be operated on a State Trunk Line Highway if it is part of an approved and signed MDOT ORV Connector Route.
Private land is closed to ORV operation, except for use by the landowner and the landowner’s invited guests. The failure of a landowner to post or fence private property against ORV use does not imply consent to ORV operation.
ORVs may not be operated in the ditchlines/right-of-ways next to roads.
ORVs that display a valid ORV license may be operated on the frozen surfaces of public waters. However, the ORV may not be operated within 100 feet of a person, an ice fishing shanty, or an area that is cleared for ice skating, unless the ORV is being operated at the minimum speed necessary for controlled forward movement.
An ORV may not be operated in a manner that creates an erosive condition.
Michigan’s soils and shorelines are fragile, and ORV operation in these areas and along stream banks and other waterways is restricted.
Riding in riparian areas in Michigan is illegal. Those riders caught operating in a riparian area will be subject to a large fine and also may be required to forfeit their ORV.
ORVs may not be operated in a manner that would injure, damage, or destroy trees or growing crops.