OHV Trail Riding

Several OHV routes cross the Ottawa National Forest, including:

  • Pioneer Trail (P)*
  • Bill Nicholls Trail (BN)*
  • Sidnaw - Bergland Trail (SB)*
  • Iron River - Marenisco Trail (IM, also called the Stateline Trail)*
  • Ottawa East Connector Trail (OC)*
  • Land O' Lakes Trail (LL)
  • Choate Road (CR)
  • County Line Line (CL)
  • Potato Farm (PF)
  • Gardner Road (G)
  • Points North Trail (PN)
  • Choate - Ewen Trail (CE)
  • Calderwood Road (CR)

For more information on state-designated trails (*), visit the Michigan DNR ORV/ATV Trail Maps web page.

All these routes are maintained by MI-TRALE (Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment).  The MI-TRALE Multi-Use Trails Guide has maps for all the above routes.

The Ottawa National Forest allows OHV riding on identified roads and trails that are identified on the Motor Vehicle Use Map as open.  Cross County travel is prohibited on the Ottawa National Forest.  Please be aware that all roads and trails that are designated as "Seasonal" are open from May 16th through March 14th annually.  OHVs are considered vehicles 65 inches or less in width and utilizing off-road low pressure tires.

To obtain a Motor Vehicle Map contact the nearest USDA-Forest Service Ranger Station, or call (906) 932-1330. Information about how to obtain a Motor Vehicle Use Map can be found under Maps & Publications. These maps are free and are published annually.

The Forest Service also has an 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.

OHV Trail Riding Areas

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities