Motor Vehicle Use Maps

On November 9, 2005, the Forest Service published a final travel management regulation, governing use of OHVs and other motor vehicles on National Forest System lands. The final rule requires individual national forests to designate those roads, trails, and areas open to motor vehicle use. Once designation is complete on a national forest or ranger district, the rule will prohibit motor vehicles off the designated system.

We provide maps of the forest that inform you of what Forest Service Road or Trail is open to which vehicle.  These are provided free and are updated each year.

Motor Vehicle Use Maps (2016 Version)

          Map Index

Northwest Front

          Northwest Back

          South Front

          South Back

          Northeast Front

McCormick Wilderness

NOTE: Maps are formatted in a .pdf format and are extremely large documents. To view and print, you will need to use the “zoom” tool. To determine which MVUM you need, please click on the Map Index link

The Forest Service also has an online Interactive Travel Map to help you understand where you can legally enjoy travel opportunities in the Ottawa National Forest.  Zoom in to the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan to find the Ottawa National Forest.  This online service does not replace the MVUMs.

Questions?  Check out the attached brochure, which was created to answer our most frequently asked questions:  MVUM FAQ's.  Still have questions?  Our expanded FAQ's are a bit more specific to the Ottawa: MVUM Expanded FAQ's.

Here is the legend from the current MVUM maps:

MVUM Legend

For additional information, do not hesitate to call your local Forest Service Office.