We have updated our Google trail map to showing trails that are currently OPEN or CLOSED in the Keweenaw Peninsula. STAY OFF CLOSED TRAILS!!! Closed trails are marked and barricaded for your safety. DO NOT remove or drive around barricades on trails, please seek an alternate route, you will be ticketed by the Sheriffs or DNR if you are caught on a closed trail. And please remember, the majority of our trail system is not owned by the state or county, they are easements through PRIVATE PROPERTY, if you are driving off the trail to avoid barricades you are trespassing and private property owners have the right to withdraw their easement at any time resulting in the loss of that section of trail.
Latest Release from Jeff Kakuk, Western Upper Peninsula Trail Specialist, Michigan DNR:
I wanted to provide a quick update of trail progress and conditions to date. DNR teams have accessed all structures on the five affected trails (Bill Nicholls, Freda, Lake Linden, Jack Stevens and Chassell to Houghton non-motorized). All this information was utilized to develop our application for FEMA.
Since that initial review the staff have been cleaning culvert ends that are accessible and safe to access, working on permit applications, trail repairs and bringing an engineering firm on to access the more complicated situations.
The trail conditions at present are:
- Bill Nicholls is closed from Obenoff Road near Atlantic Mine to Canal Road in Houghton. This section has major damage and will be closed for an extended period – this is the best I can offer now.
- Lake Linden Trail is closed from Portage Lift Bridge to Normand Road (just north of Lake Linden) This trail will be closed through this year at a minimum. We have a Director’s Order closing from 1st St. in Dollar Bay to Normand Road. We may be able to get a section open to Dollar Bay from Lift Bridge once MDOT structure is repaired.
- Freda is closed entirely with Director’s Order.
- Hancock to Calumet (Jack Stevens) IS OPEN, there is a reroute in the city of Hancock. .
- Chassell to Houghton (non-motorized) will be closed for an extended period as well.
Trail 124 from the snow gauge to Gay is closed. Due to wash out.
We have had a lot of good staff up here working since last week and have made great progress with a long way to go. There is both the economic and public safety aspect that we are working on. DNR is committed to rebuilding and connecting as many communities as we can. We have begun to reach the point that we need to work on permits and engineer on some of the more complicated issues.
I will update all of you as further information becomes available.
Thank you all so much for your initial response efforts and ensuring our users were safe with all the trail and washout closings.