Michigan DNR Completes Inventory of Forest Roads

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has spent the last two years creating an inventory of forest roads across the upper and lower peninsulas. The initial inventory of roads maintained by the DNR is now complete. Public Act 288 of 2016 required that forest roads maintained by the DNR be assessed and inventoried, primarily to determine which roads should be accessible by ORV vehicles. However, the result of this exercise are updated forest road maps available for use to all sportsmen whether for ORV use or other enjoyment such as accessing hunting, trapping and fishing opportunities. The results of the initial forest road assessment and inventory are as follows:

Thousands of miles of state forest roads are now open to ORV use.

  • Upper Peninsula: 5,582.06 miles (99.1%) of roads are open year-round; 50.28 miles (0.89%) of roads are closed year-round; and 0.48 miles (0.01%) of roads are closed seasonally.
  • Northern Lower Peninsula: 6,308.6 miles (84%) of roads are open and 1,213.6 (16%) miles are closed.
  • Southern Lower Peninsula: 8.95 miles (2.43%) of roads are open year-round; 285.92 miles (77.67%) of roads are closed year-round; and 73.25 miles (19.9%) of roads are closed seasonally.

For more information on Michigan forest roads please visit http://michigan.gov/forestroads. You can also view printable and interactive maps of Michigan forest roads using the links below. Maps are updated annually by the Michigan DNR. Comments regarding maps and proposed changes must be submitted to the DNR by August 31st.

Interactive Maps (arcGIS)

Printable Maps

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