FAQs

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Who determines which roads are closed to ORV’s each year?

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The Lake County Road Commission and Forest Service determine this based on safety and ecological reasons, as well as ownership because the County can only control the roads they own.

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What permits are required to ride in Lake County? Where can I buy them?

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Michigan's ORV licenses changed in 2014. Individuals riding in any places other than private property (trails or otherwise) pay $26.25 annually. Riders wishing to use state-designated trails pay an additional $10 annually, for a total of $36.25. The additional revenue will allow the DNR to add miles of trails and connections to communities and provide for the inspection, maintenance and improved safety of the trail network.

The chart below will help you determine whether you need an ORV license, trail permit, neither or both.

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ORV licenses are available from the DNR at DNR Customer Service Centers, over the Internet at http://www.mdnr-elicense.com, by mail, through participating ORV dealers, and through participating hunting and fishing license agents.

License Structure and Prices as of March 1, 2014

To purchase an ORV license by mail, write to:
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 30181
Lansing MI 48909

For licensing information, review the online Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws or call the DNR at 517-284-6057.

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Where can I pick up a copy of the 2015 Recreational ORV map?

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The maps are $3 a piece.

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They can be found at Peacock, LTD. as well as many area restaurants and lodging properties throughout Lake County and beyond!

 

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Are ALL Lake County roads open to ORVs?

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In the Lower Peninsula of Michigan roads are closed to ORV's unless posted open, while in the Upper Peninsula roads are open unless posted closed.

Lake County is an exception to this rule, nearly ALL of our county roads are open to ORV's.

Click here to view the open roads map for 2015.

**Day and night ORV's on county roads are required to have headlight and tail lights on.

 

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When riding on open paved Lake County roads do I run on the pavement or off?

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Ride on the far right of pavement except if a vehicle needs to pass you.

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Is there a speed limit for ORV’s in Lake County?

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On open lake county roads, Yes. 25 MPH.

On the trails, No. It's the riders responsibility to operate at a safe speed as not to endanger other riders.

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Are trails 2-way traffic?

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Yes, always look for oncoming traffic as some trails are narrow.

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Do you need a driver’s license to ride the trails?

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If your license to operate an automobile has been suspended or revoked (regardless of the state where the suspension originated), you may not operate an off-road vehicle in Michigan until the suspension or revocation has been terminated by the court. If you have never had a license, you may if you follow age requirements.

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Who grooms the trails?

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Little Manistee & Lincoln Hills Routes: Irons Area Tourist Association
Tin Cup Route: Nobody, too narrow for most groomers.
Little "O" Trail: Cycle Conservation Club
Little Manistee, Lincoln Hills & Tin Cup Motorcycle Trails:
Cycle Conservation Club

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Who is responsible for removing fallen trees from the trails? Would I get in trouble if I did it myself?

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It is best to leave the tree removal to the groomers, forestry, or MDNR depending on the trail. Something that involves a chainsaw should definitely be left to the experts. A limb or branch that can be lifted would be considered an act of courtesy rather than one of maintenance.

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Do we need to wear helmets when riding in a Side by Side?

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If the vehicle has factory installed seat belts and rollover protection, no helmets are required.

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We are organizing a large ride. Are there any special rules that apply to groups?

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Riding groups are limited to 75 riders!

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I’ve seen orange safety flags on some ORVs, when are those required?

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ON LAKE COUNTY ROADS ONLY - Beginning December 1st of each year and ending March 31st of each year, safety/warning flags shall be mounted on a staff that is securely bolted, welded or secured to the vehicle. The warning flag shall maintain a minimum 7-foot height at standstill. The warning flag shall be mounted on the top-most end of the staff. The flag shall be rectangular – or- triangle shape, bright orange in color, with a minimum length on the supporting side of five inches and a minimum length on the base side of 10 inches.

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Are there TIME restrictions on the trails during bow and gun hunting seasons?

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ORV operation is prohibited in public hunting areas during the regular November firearm deer season, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m. November 15th - November 30th.

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What else is there to do in Lake County besides ride the trails?

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We're glad you asked! Click here to find out...

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Where can I find property to rent (or purchase) in Lake County?

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There are many places to search property for rent and purchase, see below: