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Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 7:52 AM


ATVs, ORVs, OHVs: Off-road recreational vehicles are all more than welcome here in St. Ignace. With close access to some of the best trails in the state, we are perfectly positioned for off-road adventures.

Check with the front desk for ORV and snowmobile trail maps, and ask where rentals are available — once you try it, you’ll be hooked. 

Do you need a license to ride? The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has provided some great information on that topic.

When do I need an ORV license?

An ORV license ($26.25) is required to ride eligible county roads, frozen surface of public waters, state forest (that are open to ORV use), and eligible national forest roads. An ORV trail permit is required to ride on state-designated ORV Trail/ Routes and special ORV-use areas.


When do I need an ORV trail permit?

An ORV trail permit (an additional $10 for a total of $36.25) is required when operating on designated ORV Trail / Routes and special ORV-use areas. A trail permit is not required for private lands. ORV trail permits are not valid as a stand-alone license; an ORV license must also be purchased.


Where do I purchase an ORV license and/or trail permit?

Ace Hardware & Sporting Goods • 7 S. State Street Holiday Stationstore #204 • 274 W US Hwy 2 St Ignace True Value • 300 S. State Street


Where to Park / Where to Ride

Trailhead parking is located in downtown St. Ignace near Little Bear East Arena. From there, quickly connect to the EB Route (St. Ignace to Trout Lake). This route takes you north where you can connect with a series of different trails, including those to Brevort Lake and to Newberry/Rexton.

Visit www.michigan.gov/dnr for more information, or use the QR code to access the MDNR Interactive ORV Route and Trail Map from your smart phone. 

This allows you to download and save maps for use in the wilder parts of the U.P. where cell phone service isn’t a sure thing.


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