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Welcome to The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan!

The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan is a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of our wild lands while promoting the sport of off-road motorcycling. During the riding season, organized “trail tours” are held at various locations throughout the trail system in the northern part of the state. In addition, The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan sponsors the “Ultimate Trail Ride” – the Michael R. Burlingham Memorial Six Days of Michigan. Six full days of off-road riding – there’s no other ride like it anywhere in the world!

Your membership in The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan includes a one year subscription to the Great Lakes TrailRider Magazine, a detailed electronic ORV map listing (on flash drive) of the Michigan trail system, access to all CCC events and activities plus access to the members' section of this website. To join, simply click here, follow the link above, or contact the CCC office at 517-416-0126.

Public Act 288 Creates New Off-Road Riding Opportunities

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently working to implement Public Act 288 of 2016 , which requires a comprehensive inventory of thousands of miles of state forest roads and regulates the use of Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) on those roads. DNR staff has made preliminary recommendations on which roads will be open for ORV use and which will remain closed. Please be aware of and engaged in this process. The most efficient method for reviewing the DNR recommendations and submitting comments is to use the online map at www.michigan.gov/forestroads. The map displays the DNR road system and identifies which roads are recommended to be opened, closed, or seasonally closed to ORV use. Interested parties can add their comments directly to the map (instructions are available on the website). Alternatively, comments will be accepted via email to DNR-roadinventoryproject@michigan.gov or by mail to DNR Roads Inventory Project, PO Box 456, Vanderbilt, MI 49795. The DNR is accepting comments until July 15, 2017. The comments will be incorporated into the final recommendations, which will be made available for additional public review prior to DNR Director, Keith Creagh, making a final decision, which is expected at the November 9, 2017 Natural Resources Commission meeting. Final maps and the total miles of state forest roads open to motorized uses will be posted on the DNR’s website by the end of 2017. This process will continue in other regions of the state into 2018. Please feel free to distribute this information to your ORV friends and families.

Bridge Replacement to Affect Lincoln Hills-Area Trails Following Memorial Day Holiday

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that the bridge that services the Lincoln Hills ORV route, Snowmobile Trail #35 and the Silver Creek Pathway in Lake County will be closed following the Memorial Day holiday. The bridge will close Wednesday, May 31, so that trail users will not be affected over the holiday weekend. The new bridge is scheduled to open prior to the Fourth of July holiday.

The current bridge structure is deteriorating and is not wide enough to accommodate all ORV types. The new, user-friendly bridge will be widened to 72 inches and will allow enough room for side-by-side ORVs.

"The closure includes a small portion of the trail, which is approximately one-half mile in length," said Todd Neiss, trails specialist with the DNR. "The surrounding county roads in Lake County are open to ORVs and provide easy access around the bridge closure. Riders will still be able to enjoy the trails throughout the month of June, until the new structure is open in early July."

An alternative route will be signed and will utilize State Road, West 8 Mile Road and Gopher Run Road. Access to the Lincoln Hills State Forest Campground and boat launch will remain open. All three trails will remain open; however, access across the Pine River will be closed during construction. The surrounding Lake County roads are also open to ORV use and available as an alternate route. Maps of Lake Country trail are available at lakecotrails.com/maps.

The ORV Trail Improvement Fund, which is generated through the sale of ORV licenses and permits, was used for the bridge project. The ORV Trail Improvement Funds are reinvested back into the ORV system and help fund trail expansion, maintenance and infrastructure improvements.

Visit michigan.gov/dnrclosures to learn about additional closures and trail detours in DNR facilities, including state trails, boat launches, parks and campgrounds. Information on intermittent closures may not be posted.

For more information, contact Todd Neiss at 231-775-9727, ext. 6045 or Jessica Holley at 231-775-9727, ext. 6013 or visit michigan.gov/dnrtrails.

ORV Trail Bridge Closed Temporarily for $803,000 Repair Project in Ontonagon County

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has closed the South Branch of the Ontonagon River bridge near Ewen to off-road vehicle traffic during construction activities, which are expected to continue into October, 2017.

The 1.25-mile trail closure began April 17 between Cedar Street in Ewen and North Cemetery Road, which is situated east of town.

A three-mile trail reroute has been established and signed along South Cedar Street to McRae Road, east to North Cemetery Road.

The DNR is grateful to the Michigan Trails and Recreation Alliance of Land and the Environment (MI-TRALE), which is the trail sponsor, the Ontonagon County Road Commission and McMillan Township for developing the temporary trail reroute.

Trail users are reminded to be respectful of private property while using the detour.

Legislation to expand ORV use on state-managed forest roads goes into effect at end of 2017, 2018

Revised Rules Will Follow Lower Peninsula Trail Inventory Process

With fall hunting seasons in full swing, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds off-road vehicle enthusiasts that while the expansion of ORV riding opportunities on state-managed forest roads in the Lower Peninsula is in the works, the new rules won’t go into effect until 2017 and 2018 – after the completion of a statewide inventory of forest roads.
The inventory will include the mapping of five regions, including four in the Lower Peninsula. The Upper Peninsula serves as one region and already allows ORV use on most state forest roads.

On Sept. 28, Gov. Rick Snyder signed Public Act 288 of 2016. The approved legislation sets forth a timeline for the new rules to go into effect. This includes examination of the two northernmost regions in the Lower Peninsula by the end of 2017 and the remaining regions by the end of 2018. This review will allow the DNR to determine which forest roads should remain closed and which roads will be open for ORV use.

State-managed forest roads in the Upper Peninsula currently are open to ORV use unless closed by the DNR. The law has been the opposite in the Lower Peninsula, where state forest roads are closed to ORV use unless posted as open. 
“This bill is a step toward building a more unified approach to ORV regulations by making the rules in the Lower Peninsula align with those in the U.P.,” said Bill O’Neill, chief of the DNR Forest Resources Division. “By closely reviewing these areas before opening them to ORV use, the DNR – in cooperation with the public – has the opportunity to make science-based decisions that ensure sensitive areas in our state forests remain protected, while offering access to Michigan’s quality trails network.” 

O’Neill, who also serves as state forester for Michigan, said those special areas will include wetlands, vernal pools and other critical habitats in the state forest system.    

"The DNR will be proactive in identifying the Lower Peninsula state forest roads that will be opened up for ORV use," said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “We are excited about the expansion of ORV use on forest roads, so we can build on the extensive trail system that already exists and attract even more ORV enthusiasts from near and far." 
As DNR staff completes the preliminary road inventory and mapping processes, the recommendations will be available for public input. The maps of state forest roads available for ORV use will be posted annually for the public. Local units of government will receive notification of new restrictions placed on roads or trails accessing public land.

Use of ORVs and Pack or Saddle Animals for Game Retrieval


In addition to the opening of state forest roads, Public Act 288 also reinstates the use of ORVs and pack or saddle animals for retrieval of harvested deer, bear and elk on state-managed public lands on which hunting is permitted.
The new law allows an individual to leave a designated ORV or pack-and-saddle trail to retrieve harvested deer, bear and elk by using the most direct route that does not enter a stream, river or wetland except over a bridge, culvert or similar structure. ORVs being utilized for the retrieval of game cannot travel more than 5 mph when they are off the designated trail. This new law does not allow pack-and-saddle animals or ORVs to be used for hunting or otherwise traversing state-managed land.

Custom CCC Riding Jersies Now Available

Looking for a great gift for the off-road rider in your house? The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan has partnered with Fly Racing, one of the top brands of purpose-built riding gear and accessories in the industry to offer custom imprinted riding jersies! The jersies are black polyester with whit trim and feature a large CCC logo screen printed on the back. Click here for pics and details!

Sharing Our Trails

For a complete guide to trail etiquette in Michigan, click here.

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Updates

06-03-17 Posted the June issue of Great Lakes TrailRider Magazine in the members' section. Updated home page. Posted Member Marketplace ads for June.


 
News & Announcements

03-01-17 Check out the updated 2017 CCC Calendar of Events under the Events tab of this site! The Capitol Chapter has added an all-new ride dubbed the Classic Trail Tour on the weekend of September 9/10 to be staged near Moorestown!

01-03-17 Be sure to see the updated 2017 CCC Michigan ORV Trail Directory in the January issue of Great Lakes TrailRider Magazine!