Michigan opens 6,300 miles of forest roads to off-road vehicles
LANSING — A new policy has opened about 6,300 miles of roads in Michigan's state forest system to off-road vehicles.
The expanded access took effect Jan. 1.
An additional 1,200 miles of roads will remain off-limits.
Signs will be installed on roads where vehicles are not permitted.
Deb Begalle of the DNR Forest Resources Division said the plan balances motorized recreational access with resource protection.
A law enacted last year authorized off-road vehicle use on state forest roads and ordered the DNR to develop an inventory of the roads, which is still being developed.
Roads in the Pigeon River Country State Forest and other areas where quiet recreation is emphasized will remain closed to off-road vehicle traffic.