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Old January 23rd, 2007, 01:53 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. My wifes parents have a place up in Harrison, MI right accross the street from lilly lake. Is there any place to legally wheel up there. I thought I read something about running the power lines but I also don't want to get in trouble with the DNR. Thanks.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 02:26 PM   #2
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powerlines plus wheeling generally equals illegal.....generally.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 02:32 PM   #3
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I kinda figured wheeling the powerlines was illegal but I was wondering if there is any legal places to wheel in or around harrison.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 02:55 PM   #4
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powerlines in merideth are legal...about 20 minutes from harrison,I am 15 miles from there,let me know when you are coming up and I will show you around.Roadhouse knows the area also
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What makes powerlines legal in some towns but not in others. How are the lines there, is it fun or just kinda level ground the entire time.
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What makes powerlines legal in some towns but not in others. How are the lines there, is it fun or just kinda level ground the entire time.
they are ok...trails that branch off of them can be fun.At one point they are a orv route and others they are seasonal roads.I had a run here over the weekend and ran them.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 03:14 PM   #7
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St. Helen's is not that far away plus there is an ORV route that you can take from 18 all the way there.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 03:16 PM   #8
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Plus there's trails around Leota.
I haven't been there lately cause I prefer St. Helens
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 03:20 PM   #9
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St. Helen's is not that far away plus there is an ORV route that you can take from 18 all the way there.
we tried that route over last weekend.....snowmobile trail over the winter.Upnorth said up in grayling some routes are snowmobile trails in the winter and you can still go on them....not sure about that one though
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I haven't gotten up much in the winter so I haven't paid much attention.
It's posted so I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 03:27 PM   #11
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My parents live on the outside of town off of Long Lake rd.
I just need to get a trailer so I can take the wheeler up there more often.
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Old January 23rd, 2007, 08:40 PM   #12
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What makes powerlines legal in some towns but not in others. How are the lines there, is it fun or just kinda level ground the entire time.
99% of powerlines are illegal for 4x4 use. The one that runs along the east side of M18 is legal for a stretch as its a seasonal rd, but it doesn't really require 4wd.

There is also one up near Gaylord that the ORV route runs down for a ways, so that stretch is legal, until the route turns off it.

those are two that are legal that I know of, but like I mentioned neither one really needs 4wd, so its no challenge.
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This might help. http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7...8330--,00.html
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but like I mentioned neither one really needs 4wd, so its no challenge.

Boy thats good! Cause you would never get to go wheeling. :tonka:
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To answer the legallity of power lines, most are private property or at least leased to the power company in that area. They do not want or need the liability that comes with motorized recreation on lands in their control.

The few that do allow it have what Roadhouse explained as seasonal roads or ORV signed routes that travel down the power line right of way. As a side note the ORV route on the south side of Gaylord called the Northbranch route, actually has the signed route moved off the "right of way" and back onto public land. This is one of the routes GLFWDA has through it's ORV grants for trail maint. and we have been asked to move the signage off the "right of way" However one might percieve themselves as still being on the power line as the two trails run side by side with the power poles only being a few yards away as you traverse it.

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Good think Ironman pointed that out, I haven't been up to that one in Gaylord in a couple years.
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Old January 24th, 2007, 12:16 PM   #18
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Man I'm really gonna have to get up there and check it out. Sound like alot of fun can be had up there.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 10:47 AM   #19
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Old February 3rd, 2007, 03:52 PM   #20
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If powerline is wet you are wheeling in a wetland. Got stoped by DNR CO Wood, east of 18, north of Meridth, on powerline, told us they had pics on file of that area when it had cattails, and he could cite us. He also stated "if it looks like fun its probably illigal."
Many good places to wheel in area. Hit the trails and backroads and explore. In the summer you can wheel snowmobile trails. Get a map and find Haskel Lake, a cool spot with deep sand on north end.(soon to be bearmed off and closed by DNR). Trails run up both sides of Muskegon River with many side trails. Challenging hills and sand pits found on west side of river. Harrison Moose Lodge has a off road club that meets first Saturday of every month at 10:00 am. check us out, family orientated.
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