Prohibited ORV Operation on Other Lands
- Roads, streets, and highways maintained for year-round automobile travel are closed to ORV operation, including the shoulder and the right-of-way. However, ORVs registered as motor vehicles by the Secretary of State may be operated on the roadway.
- 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.
- 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.