Current Michigan County ORV/OHV/ATV Laws

Steveby Steve on April 9, 2012

Current Michigan County ORV/OHV/ATV Laws (P.A. 240)

Current as of April 7, 2012

 

 

Michigan ORV Handbook Link – Rules and Regulations

All Michigan ORV Laws Link –State Statues 324.81101-50

Michigan County ORV Laws Pamphlet

MICHIGAN OFF-ROAD TRAIL & ROUTE MAPS BY COUNTY.

It is illegal to operate an ORV on public lands in the Lower Peninsula that are not posted open. ORVs are prohibited on state game areas or state parks and recreation areas unless posted open.   ALL USFS trails/roads remain closed unless posted open.  Cities and municipalities within open counties/townships are closed unless they adopt a separate ordinance.

On state forest lands, ORV use on designated trails is limited to vehicles less than 50 inches in width. Off-trail or off-route ORV operation outside of a designated area is prohibited, except for licensed hunters operating an ORV at speeds of 5 miles per hour or less for the purpose of removing deer, bear or elk. Big-game ORV retrieval provisions do not apply to the Pigeon River Country State Forest or to state game areas and national forests.

In all national forests, motor vehicles can be used only on roads, trails or areas that are designated as open on Motor Vehicle Use maps. For more information, contact the local national forest headquarters.

  • It is illegal to operate an ORV from 7 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. on any area open to public hunting during the Nov. 15-30 firearm deer season. For exceptions to these time restrictions, see the current Hunting and Trapping Digest or the Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws (linked above).
  • Roads, streets and highways maintained for year-round automobile travel are closed to ORV operation, including the shoulder and the right-of-way, unless designated open to ORV use by local ordinance.
  • It is unlawful to operate any ORV in or on the waters of any stream, river, marsh, bog, wetland or quagmire.
  • It is unlawful to operate an ORV ANYWHERE with a passenger, if it was not designed at the factory to do so.

Some counties are wide open and others have very limited road access.  Townships can create their own ordinances as of July 17, 2009—whether or not the county has an ordinance.  Townships located in “opt in” counties can “opt out”, and townships in counties that have “opted out” can “opt in”.  This may create some helter-skelter laws.

Ordinances can limit which countyroads (state and federal highways are not open for use) are open or closed, hours and dates available for operation, speed limits (less than 25mph), possession of a drivers license, and numerous other criteria including age and safety requirements.  These may vary within the different townships of a single county and from county to county.  These laws are currently being adopted/modified/changed at a rapid pace, and will be difficult to keep up on.  A county or township can rescind and/or modify their ordinance and any scheduled board meeting after adoption.

Be sure to check all local laws in that city, county and township before riding on the roadsides.  Some townships have opted in/out of Ordinances. It’s your responsibility to know the laws.

 State or National Forest/Park roads are “closed” unless posted as “open”.

The 2010 Comprehensive OHV (ORV) Legislation (link) (currently HB-6159) will allow 6 additional counties central Lower Michigan to open county roads to OHVs (Off Highway Vehicles):  Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Isabella, Newago, and Muskegon.  No action has been taken on this bill since May 2010.

 As of July 19, 2011, 5 more counties (Newaygo, Oceana, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland) were authorized by law to allow road use by ORV’s.

Additional Michigan County ORV information is located HERE.  ATV Road & Trail Maps for Garmin GPSr units can be purchased from this site as well.

 

For additional (and up-to-date) county ORV information, contact Dick Ranney (Michigan Motorized Recreation Council), Coordinator: phone at 989-469-2405 or e-mail.

Michigan ORV regulations by county

Contact County/Township/City Clerks for up-to-date laws and maps.

It’s your responsibility to know the law.

 

No guarantee is made as to the accuracy of the information listed below.  This information was compiled from many sources, and may not be the most recent information about a particular county.  I’ll try to keep it updated on a regular basis.

To report dead links, and/or provide information and web links that update the information listed, please e-mail them to me:  send e-mail.

Upper Peninsula

(all counties are eligible)

County

 

Last Action

Websites

(Click)

Web Notes

Info &Clerk Phone

Alger Adopted 3-22-95 – Amended 2008 Ordinance

Amendments

(906-387-2076)

Many Cities Open Also

Baraga Adopted 5-14-09 Ordinance (906-524-6183) Many Cities Open Also
Chippewa Adopted 10-13(14)-08 Ordinance (906-635-6300) Some Cities Open Also
Delta Adopted 9-24-08 Ordinance

Ordinance-alternate

906-789-5105

Some Cities May Also Be Open

Dickinson Adopted 10-27-08

City of Norway

ATV Guide

News Article

(906-774-0988)  Some Cities Open

Ordinance unavailable on-line

Gogebic Adopted 10-22-08 Ordinance (906-663-4518) Some Cities Also Open
Houghton Adopted 10-21-08 (Refined 11-10-09) Ordinance & Info (906-482-1150) Some Cities Also Open
Iron Adopted 12-23-08 Unavailable On-line (906-875-3221) Some Cities Also Open
Keweenaw Adopted 12-17-08 Ordinance

Ordinance-alternate

(906-337-2229)

Some Cities Also Open

Luce Adopted 11-13-2008 News Article

Ordinance Summary

(906-293-5521) Some Cities Open

(Ordinance Unavailable Online)

Mackinac Adopted 10-9-08 Ordinance (906-643-7300) Some Cities Also Open
Marquette Adopted 11-18-08 Ordinance

Ordinance-alternate

Map (Opt In/Out)

(906-225-8330)

Roads Closed 12/1 – 3/31

Shows Open/Closed Roads & Cities

Menominee Adopted 12-23-2008 Ordinance

Map

Ordinance-alternate

(906-863-9968)

Some Cities Also Open

Ontonagon Adopted 10-21-08 Ordinance (906-884-4255) Some Cities Open
Schoolcraft Adopted 10-21-08 Ordinance

Sheriff’s Department

(906-341-3618) Some Cities Open

Questions: (906) 341-2122

Lower Peninsula

(all eligible counties are listed)

 

County

 

Last Action

Websites

(Click)

Web Notes

Info &Clerk Phone

Alcona
Adopted 6-3-09—Effective 6-11-09 Ordinance (989-724-9410)
Alpena
Adopted 10-28-08 Ordinance (989-354-9520)

Antrim

Adopted  11-12-09 Ordinance (231-533-6353)
Arenac
Adopted 10-14-08 Ordinance (989-846-4626)

Bay

Townships Will Adopt Individually (6-09) County Clerk (989) 895-4280

Benzie

Adopted 5-13-2009  Effective 7-1-09

Roads Closed 12/1 – 3/31

Ordinance

Map

(231-882-9671) or  (800-315-3593)

Charlevoix

Adopted 4-9-09—Effective 5-1-09 Map & Ordinance (231-547-7200)

Cheboygan

Adopted 6-9-09 – Effective 7-9-09 Ordinance

Maps

(231-627-8808 or 8866)

Some Cities Also Open

Clare

Adopted 10-15-08 Ordinance Ordinance  (989-539-7131)
Crawford
Adopted 5-20-09—Finalized 5-27-09

Roads Closed 11/15 – 3/31

Ordinance

Map and Maps

Note Appendix A – (989-344-3200)

Some Cities Also Open

Emmet

Adopted August 14, 2009

Effective (60 days) 10/13/09

Map

Ordinance

Road Map (Open to ORV Traffic)

MMRC Information  (231-348-1744)

Galdwin
Adopted 3-10-09

 

City of Gladwin

City of Beaverton

Gladwin Ordinance

County Map

Ordinance     Map

Map

(989-426-7351)

 

(989) 426-9231, Extension 101

City Hall (989) 435-3511 or 9343

Grand Traverse

Adopted  8-28-09 – Effective 9-1-09 Ordinance (231-922-4760)

Gratiot

Adopted 10-4-11—Effective 11-1-11

Wheeler Twp. Open – Effective 6-20-11

Ordinance

Unavailable On-line

(989-875-5215)

May 2011 Board Minutes

Huron
Adopted 6-22-2010 – Effective 7-1-2010 Ordinance (989-269-9942)
Iosco
Adopted 1-7-09 Ordinance (989-362-3497)
Isabella
Adopted 2-21-2012 – Effective 2-29-12. Ordinance (989-772-0911 x 265)

Each township is allowed to modify it.

Kalkaska
Adopted 2-10-09—Effective 4-1-09 Ordinance Summary

Ordinance (Alternate)

(231-258-3300)

Lake

Adopted 5-13-09—Effective 5-21-09

Roads Closed 12/1 – 3/31

Ordinance & Map

Chase / Irons Open

UPDATED 4-1-12  (231-745-4641)

No On-line Information Available

Leelanau

Rejected (2008)

Off & On Consideration

County

County

No Ordinance Listed  (231-256-9824)

Not in Minutes (866-256-9711)

Manistee
County Wide Rejected 9-22-11

Arcadia Township – Effective 9-9-10

Bear Lake Township – Unknown Date

Dixon Township – Unknown Date

Onekama Township – Effective 12-7-10

Pleasanton Township – Effective 8-2010

Springdale Township – Effective 5-10-10

Village of Onekama – Unknown Date

Village of Kaleva – Unknown Date

No Link Available

Unavailable On-line

Unavailable On-line

Unavailable On-line

Ordinance

Unavailable On-line

Ordinance

Unavailable On-line

Unavailable On-line

(231-723-3331)

Evelyn Wilson 231-889-3115

Deanna Pattison 231-864-3620

Township Hall (231) 477-5885

Helen Mathieu (231) 889-3308

Amy Cross 231-864-3239

Donna Humphrey-Kirbach 231-640-0829

Ruth Hudson 231-889-3171

Village Office (231) 362-3496

Mason

County Wide Rejected 5-12-09

Under Consideration-Hamlin Twsp.

Sherman Twsp. – Effective 7-25-10

Sheridan Twsp. – Effective 11-30-10

Logan Twsp. – Effective 2-23-11

Riverton Twsp.-Effective 9-1-11

Under Consideration-Free Soil Twsp.

Victory Twsp. – Effective 10/15/11

Custer Township – Vote 5/7/12

Edan Township – Date Unknown

Mason County

Hamlin Twsp.

Ordinance

Unavailable On-line

Unavailable On-line

Unavailable On-line

9-20-2011

Ordinance

Unavailable On-line

Unavailable On-line

Left up to townships after 7-17-09

Catherine Lewis 231-845-0092

Kurt D. Lubben 231-462-3205

Barb Wilson 231-462-3550

Judith VerSluys 231-898-3913

Rita Johnson 231-845-5749

Lynda Papes 231-464-5825

Barbara Egeler 231-843-3607

Susan Hansen 231-757-9443

Joanne L. Barnhardt 231-757-3825

Mecosta
Adopted 9-16-11—Effective 9-17-11 Ordinance (231-592-0783)
Midland
Effective 12-20-11 Ordinance (989-832-6739)
Missaukee
Adopted 10-14-08 Ordinance (231-839-4967)
Montcalm
Adopted 6-28-2010 – Effective 8-25-11 Ordinance (989-831-7339)
Montmorency
Adopted 4-28-09 Ordinance (989-785-8022) – 2 Blank Start Pages
Muskegon
See HB-6159 Information Above   Currently not allowed by state law.
Newago
Adopted 2-23-2012 – Effective 4-19-12 Ordinance (231-689-7235)
Oceana
Under Consideration 8-31-11 County Clerk (231-873-4328)
Ogemaw
Adopted 9-11-08 Ordinance (989-345-0215 / 0218)
Osceola
Adopted 11-4-08 Ordinance

Ordinance

(231-832-3261)

(Alternate site)

Oscoda

Adopted 4-14-09 – Effective 5-15-09 Ordinance

Maps

(989-826-1110)

Otsego

Adopted 5-26-09 – Effective 7-24-09 Ordinances/Maps (989-731-7500)
Presque Isle
Adopted 1-9-09 Ordinance (989-734-3288 or 800-334-5698)

Roscommon

Adopted 5-2009 Ordinance & Map (989-275-5923)
Saginaw
No Current Legislation   989-790-5251
Sanilac
Adopted 5-25-10—Effective 6-7-2010

Township/City Opt In/Out

Sandusky – Adopted 5-2010

Ordinance

Information

Ordinance

(810-648-3212)

 

810 648-3212

St. Clair
Under Consideration 8-3-2011

Ira Township (open)

County Clerk

Ordinance

(810) 985-2200

586-725-0263

Tuscola
Adopted and Effective 2-14-2012 Ordinance

Map

989-672-3780
Wexford
Adopted 4-15-09 Ordinance (231-779-9450)

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