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Old October 18th, 2011, 10:22 AM   #1
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Default U.P. ORV Routes and Winter Camping

I was thinking of doing some winter camping in the Upper Penninsula and I had some questions regarding the ORV Routes in the Upper Penninsula. I'm thinking between Christmas and New Years. I'm a "Troll" so I'm not too familair with just how much snow they get up there.

Are they open during the winter?

In the areas that run through State or Federal land is camping allowed. In particular, I am thinking of the Stateline Route or the Iron River-Marenisco Route East.

I was wondering how navigable they are with the jeep?

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Old October 18th, 2011, 10:35 AM   #2
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The trails are closed in the winter time due to the snowmobiles. I think all of the state campgrounds close down as well.

Snow fall depends on where you're at. Towards the bridge and in the center of the Peninsula, it's a lot less than where I am, which we get somewhere around 250" a year.

If you want to come do some winter wheeling, you can come up to Houghton, and we can take you out somewhere away from the snowmobile trails. Although most of us are away from school for the holidays.

Snow wheeling is very slow. You have to be able to air way down to get anywhere.

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Well I wasn't thinking of campgrounds. I was thinking of forest camping in State or Federal forests.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 11:29 AM   #4
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Look up "Dispersed camping" on the DNR website. Call a number and they'll send you the necessary permits to camp for free on state land.
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Dispersed camping is legal on State land anytime.

The designated ORV Routes are legal and open year around. Those that are also snowmobile trails (like the ones you list) are groomed for snowmobiles in the winter and taking a wheeled vehicle down them will damage the trail base plus really irritate those on snowmobiles (best to not do so). Lots of unmaintained county and forest roads that would be legal, challenging and "non-conflicting" to run.
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