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Old May 30th, 2007, 07:37 AM   #21
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red97xj you have been to this link right?

http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/1,1607,7...8330--,00.html

I have covered alot of the trails east of where you want to go but I have heard good things about the tin cup/little manistee area (See link below)

http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/spatialda...v/littlema.pdf
No I had not, THANKS! That top link is awesome.... I clicked on several of the maps, and all of em had ORV trails for atv, but I did not see any ORV ROUTES for us 4x4 guys.... Is there such a map online or one like that I can buy? I already have the MI Gazetter which is a great map, but does not show ORV routes.

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Old May 30th, 2007, 07:55 AM   #22
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Has Anyone Here Been Wheeling On The State Trails In White Cloud? If So, How Are They?
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Old May 30th, 2007, 09:06 AM   #23
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So what are the highlights in Manistee? Meaning, is there any cool lookout points, or amazing waterfalls, etc. to see? I am coming up in my lifted cherokee, my bud's are driving stock X-terra and a stock TJ wrangler. We are going to find a hotel for a saturday night and wheel sat eve and all day sunday....

ANY RECOMENDATIONS of what to do and see? (we will have wfe and kiddo's along also)

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there is the only waterfall in lower michigan it is real small though it is east of manistee about 30 miles in harietta (well just outside of harietta) its a bit hard to find but i could maybe get some directions for ya
there is alot of just forrest roads in the area let me know if ya have any questions as i live like 17 miles from manistee
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I was just up around the Meredith area over the weekend. There are a lot of 2-tracks in that area I can say. There are some decent camping spots too. There are 2 or 3 areas there set-up for it.

I spoke with one of the DNR officers that was around the Gladwin/M-61 area Sat. too. He said as long as its passable by a passenger car you can drive it as long as its not marked prohibiting so. I was afraid to ask him who had to be driving the car though. I had some crazy friends in my younger days. . . . .
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also there is a few nice beaches in manistee along lake michigan but as far as the kids i would say ludington which is about 20 min or so south of manistee they hafe a couple kiddie parks with gocarts and put put and i believe they had some kind of water park too but im not sure

it all depends on what the kids like to do there are lots of lakes with good fishing and also
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Jeepguy74, Rattler, and Trail Fanatic, you guys seem to have allot of trail knowledge....

What area would you guys recommend for just 2 days of wheeling... Keep in mind from we are coming up from Northern Indiana so the farther south the better. (Although if you think it worth it to keep going North let me know!)

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Old May 30th, 2007, 09:43 AM   #27
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I have some GPS tracks from where I went Sat. but its nothing radicl. If you want to hit Silver Lake, you may want to find something more in that area(like the Manistee Forest). I haven't been there in quite a while though so I have nothing to suggest there. The nice thing about going there is its not far off US-31. I get bored with the dunes fter a few trips around but if your taking kids they would probably love them. Especially the beach.

I was stock Sat. (just dropped the Taco off for a "3 lift) so I didn't do anything radical. I can give you directions to a couple interesting areas/ghosttowns on the VVestside if you are interested. One can just be driven through. The other is kinda dangerous(wouldn't want small children running around there) and is a very short hike. They aren't very far from Tin Cup/Lil' Manistee trails. Those trails would be fun if you wanted to go fast on a quad. Otherwise they are kinda boring. Pic below is about what everything looked like on Lil' Manistee (minus the little bit of snow).

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ya, want something more challenging than that! I am hoping to be in Manistee..

We have done SilverLake... for now, I have had my fill of that.
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Old May 31st, 2007, 09:47 AM   #29
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I have some GPS tracks from where I went Sat. but its nothing radicl. If you want to hit Silver Lake, you may want to find something more in that area(like the Manistee Forest). I haven't been there in quite a while though so I have nothing to suggest there. The nice thing about going there is its not far off US-31. I get bored with the dunes fter a few trips around but if your taking kids they would probably love them. Especially the beach.

I was stock Sat. (just dropped the Taco off for a "3 lift) so I didn't do anything radical. I can give you directions to a couple interesting areas/ghosttowns on the VVestside if you are interested. One can just be driven through. The other is kinda dangerous(wouldn't want small children running around there) and is a very short hike. They aren't very far from Tin Cup/Lil' Manistee trails. Those trails would be fun if you wanted to go fast on a quad. Otherwise they are kinda boring. Pic below is about what everything looked like on Lil' Manistee (minus the little bit of snow).

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/attachm...1&d=1180536189
hey would love to get some directions to the intresting areas i am about 15/20 min from the lake county trails and always looking for somethi8ng that i havnt seen before
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i know of some trails in the manistee area if ya wanna go out and explore i would go out more but i just dont like wheeling alone so if ya dont mind a bunch of dead ends and turn arounds we prolly could find some good trails
i live about 15 min east of manistee and know of some fun areas
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Yeah there are a ton of trail around me in harrison, unfortuatly CJ7 is under construction right now so no trails for me now. When I had my XJ I explored some trail off old state rd. off M61 like the canter trail and leota grade nothing great there I only for a couple mud holes. But then again it was like in 90's and had not rain in like 2 weeks.
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There can be some interesting stuff off M61/Gladwin/Sterling but I don't remember where they are and the DNR may be kinda iffy about being on them. If you can pry the info out of Roadhouse, he may tell you a couple. I just don't remember where they are.
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There can be some interesting stuff off M61/Gladwin/Sterling but I don't remember where they are and the DNR may be kinda iffy about being on them. If you can pry the info out of Roadhouse, he may tell you a couple. I just don't remember where they are.
SOOOO... Roadhouse, are you gonna share? LOL, I hope you have some good ideas where to spend a few days wheeling!

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Not sure how often he gets on here. Its a busy time for him now.
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Not sure how often he gets on here. Its a busy time for him now.
I will just hope he does sometime.

Meanwhile, if anyone has ANY Manistee trails or advice, please share it!

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Meanwhile, if anyone has ANY Manistee trails or advice, please share it!

Thanks.

Go West from Bitely to Walkup lake, just West of the lake is a gravel road that goes North. Theres a lot of trails that go off of that gravel road, the ones going East have some good deep mud holes (and bypasses) and there are a lot off small lakes back in there that you can camp at. If you go too far North on the gravel road you'll dead end into 16 mile road, if you go East about 1/4 mile on 16 mile, there are trails that go North and South that are marked for 4wd. Hope that helps. Nichols Lake, Walk up Lake and Highbanks all are good camping too. There's a posting listed as Charity Run that is going to be in that same area on June 9th, that'd get you up close and personal with the trails in the area.

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Go West from Bitely to Walkup lake, just West of the lake is a gravel road that goes North. Theres a lot of trails that go off of that gravel road, the ones going East have some good deep mud holes (and bypasses) and there are a lot off small lakes back in there that you can camp at. If you go too far North on the gravel road you'll dead end into 16 mile road, if you go East about 1/4 mile on 16 mile, there are trails that go North and South that are marked for 4wd. Hope that helps. Nichols Lake, Walk up Lake and Highbanks all are good camping too. There's a posting listed as Charity Run that is going to be in that same area on June 9th, that'd get you up close and personal with the trails in the area.

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hotwired, THANKS! That is north and east from some areas that trail fanatic was telling me about (I called him, thanks again Trailfanatic!)

I was looking up the lake on Google map and found these cabins http://www.michigan.org/travel/detail.asp?m=6;6&p=B6162 does anyone know anything about these or any other nice cottages/cabins in this general area? We were going to do a hotel, but this sounds way better!
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I was looking up the lake on Google map and found these cabins http://www.michigan.org/travel/detail.asp?m=6;6&p=B6162 does anyone know anything about these or any other nice cottages/cabins in this general area? We were going to do a hotel, but this sounds way better!
Those must be on the East side of Walkup lake. That would put you about 1/2 mile away from the gravel road I was talking about, and even better, you might be able to go straight North on the road the cottages are on and get right into the trails with no travel on pavement. As for the condition of the cottages, I couldn't really say much, I'm not familiar with them at all. Too bad we hadn't been in contact before last weekend, I could have swung by and checked them out. I probably won't be able to get up there for a few weeks now.
One other thing, if the swimming is no good in Walkup lake, you can go West about a half mile and you'll find the entrance to the North side of Nichols lake (the entrance is almost oposite to the gravel road), there's a nice clean beach/ picnic area there. North country hiking trail is right there also, great hiking and mountain biking, but you can only go South on the trail with mountain bikes at that point, they're not allowed North for a few miles.
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Old June 4th, 2007, 07:59 AM   #39
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I own a cabin in the West Branch area, about 3/4 mile away from this establishment. They are a very big part of the fight to keep ORV trails open for the sensible use of ORV's. I have been trail riding motorcycles, quads, and trucks around that area for about as long as I can remember. I never get bored with the trail selection. Call the DNR and they can provide you with complete details of every thing you will need, even maps of the trails, to know that you are legaly wheeling wherever you decide to go.

Were you in westbranch memorial day weekend with that K-5 hauling a pop-up camper?
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anybody else have trails within 30min highway drive of Bitely, MI? I think we are staying at Walkup lake.
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