Some, but not all, roads set to open for ORVs on Jan. 1

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

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Although more than 6,300 miles of state forest roads in the Northern Lower Peninsula will open to ORV use on Jan. 1 in accordance with legislation sponsored by Mancelona Rep. Triston Cole, more than 1200 miles of roads will remain closed. To determine which roads will be open and closed, visit the DNR's forest roads website at

REGION – Although most will not open until spring, approximately 6,300 miles of roads in Michigan’s four-million-acre state forest system will open to off-road vehicles Jan. 1, while about 1,200 miles will remain closed.

Signs are not yet in place, but will be installed on roads that are closed to ORV use as soon as possible, depending on ground conditions. ORV riders who intend to use state forest roads are asked to check DNR maps for closures at Final maps will be available by Dec. 31.

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