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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.
    • Check with a local club or DNR office about the ORV trails in the area before going out to ride. Designated trails vary in technical difficulty, and some may not be appropriate for your level of experience.
    • 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 your 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 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.
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