Following devastating summer flooding in Houghton County, Michigan, remediation of dozens of miles of recreational trails continues.
“Some trails will remain closed due to conditions,” said Ron Yesney, DNR Upper Peninsula trails coordinator in Marquette. “But there will still be plenty of places for ORV and snowmobile riders to enjoy the trails.
“The important thing is safety. While work is continuing, the public needs to be reminded not to breach gates or fences on trails. There are several large washouts on trails, some quite steep and deep.”
The bulk of the damage on the trails occurred in June when a major storm struck Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Father’s Day. A second strong storm followed on July 12. Houghton County was particularly hard hit, with more than 150 washouts over 60 miles of trails. The damage forced numerous trail closures.
The DNR and partnering agencies have worked to reopen several trail segments, though some trail closures remain in effect.
ORV trail closure updates included:
- The Freda route is closed.
- The Lake Linden route is closed.
- The Gay trail is closed(due to logging.)
- The Hancock to Calumet trail is open.
- South Range to the bridge in Houghton is open.
Yesney re-emphasized concerns about safety, saying riders need to follow signs and avoid closed areas for their own safety. With so many deep washouts, riding in these places that are closed to riding will be dangerous.
“When trail users encounter a fence, gate or ‘trail closed’ sign on the trail system, they need to turn around,” Yesney said. “For the safety of everyone, please do not take signs down or go around the gates.”
For more information on trails in Michigan, including closure updates for trails, boating access sites and other DNR-managed facilities, visit the DNR webpage michigan.gov/dnrtrails.