Forest Service offers reminders for riding ORVs in the Huron-Manistee National Forests

CADILLAC – With the Memorial Day holiday fast approaching, the U.S. Forest Service reminds the public that the use of Off-Road Vehicles on the Huron-Manistee National Forests is restricted to designated trails and areas. 

Registered ORVs 50 inches or less are allowed only on designated trails and areas. ORV riders are responsible for knowing whether they are riding in an authorized area or on an authorized trail when on the National Forest. 

To assist the public in finding safe and legal routes for the type of vehicle they drive, the Forest Service publishes Motor Vehicle Use Maps, the official road maps for vehicular traffic. These free maps clearly identify ORV trails as well as roads open to street-licensed vehicles. Copies of the map are available by calling or visiting any National Forest office. Current Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available electronically: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/hmnf/maps-pubs.

The Forest Service does not permit ORV use on its roads due to public safety and natural resource concerns. Designated ORV trail systems may include portions of some Forest roads, with mixed use allowed. These segments are the exceptions of ORVs being allowed on Forest Service roads.

While several counties in Michigan’s lower peninsula have passed ordinances allowing the use of ORVs on the right-hand portion of county and township roads, riders should be aware that these ordinances do not apply to Forest Service roads. Additionally, ordinances may vary between counties and even between townships within a single county.

For information on designated ORV trail use on the Huron-Manistee National Forests, or to receive a free paper copy of Motor Vehicle Use Maps, please call the Forest Supervisor’s office at (231) 775-2421.