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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:16 AM   #1
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2 tracks, mid MI?

I am from Northern IN, I have heard people talk about 2 tracks or trails mid state that you can just drive and drive and drive, then camp, then drive some more. State ground maybe? I don't know, but wanna check it out for a few days and explore, my buddy will be driving his stock Nissan extrerra, so nothing to radical. I think someone told me it was not to far from Silverlake Dunes?

I have a GPS if there are coordinates available.

Thanks for any and all ideas!

Also, can I order my 07 ORV sticker online?
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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:18 AM   #2
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You can get the ORV sticker at any store that sells outdoor sporting equipment. K-mart, Walmart, or bait and tackle places.

Not sure if you can purchase online.
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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:32 AM   #3
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awesome, good to know. Thanks.

Know of the trials I have heard of?
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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:37 AM   #4
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There are hundreds of trails in mid michigan that you could run for hours and hours. I'm not aware of the legalitys of setting up camp though.

Most people in mid michigan don't have a job, so wait until they wake up around 10-11am, then they will help you out.
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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:41 AM   #5
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Im up now . Camping on state ground requires you pick up a free permit from the DNR , fill it out and post it where your camping . May not camp with in 1/2 mile of state parks < not sure of the distance .

Im not sure of trails around silver lake . Its not my part of the world .
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Old May 24th, 2007, 07:06 AM   #6
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There are trails in ManisteeNat'l Forest, which is near Silver Lake.
Mid-Michigan leads me to believe you're thinking more the West Branch area.

CC, Yes you can oder OVR tags online thru the DNR.
Marv, you're only up cuz you're old!
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Old May 24th, 2007, 07:17 AM   #7
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It sounds to me you heard about the trails around Leota, Harrison, Merredith, etc. Running from Leota to Harrison is a dirt road named Canoe Camp Rd. it runs along the Muskegon River and is state land. Trails run in different directions all over the place. I'll be camping on Canoe Camp Rd. Memorial weekend if you see a purple XJ with custom bumpers on it stop by and say high and we can hit some trails together if you'd like. If you like to canoe as well the Muskegon offers some relaxing scenic floats. This is almost dead center of the lower penninsula, just north of Mt. Pleasant.
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Old May 24th, 2007, 11:00 AM   #8
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There are trails in ManisteeNat'l Forest, which is near Silver Lake.
Mid-Michigan leads me to believe you're thinking more the West Branch area.

CC, Yes you can oder OVR tags online thru the DNR.
Marv, you're only up cuz you're old!
Nope , its because im trying to put a new roof on a house up town and by midday im back home . Shingles are to damn hot to work with until this evening now .
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Old May 25th, 2007, 05:51 AM   #9
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It sounds to me you heard about the trails around Leota, Harrison, Merredith, etc. Running from Leota to Harrison is a dirt road named Canoe Camp Rd. it runs along the Muskegon River and is state land. Trails run in different directions all over the place. I'll be camping on Canoe Camp Rd. Memorial weekend if you see a purple XJ with custom bumpers on it stop by and say high and we can hit some trails together if you'd like. If you like to canoe as well the Muskegon offers some relaxing scenic floats. This is almost dead center of the lower penninsula, just north of Mt. Pleasant.
Is this in the Manistee National forest or something else? Legal?

To everyone, what kind of trails are we talking? Can you maybe put a quick rating on it? I don't have a rating system, but something like 1 is a dirt road, and 10 is rockcrawler/winch kinda deal with body damage, and maybe like a 3-4 is doable with stock jeep.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 07:12 AM   #10
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It is Michigan State Forest with marked ORV Routes, very legal. Miles of trails and most are doable in a stock jeep. I have custom bumpers on my XJ, but otherwise it is stock on 30s (lift just came in, but I won't have it on for the weekend). There is quite a mix of trails there and I'm really just starting to explore them again after 5 years of hell with no Jeep! There are unimproved roads, two tracks, hills, mud, tight trails, but no rocks. Using your rating system, I would say 2-5. There are some very serious mud holes, but most offer an alternative route around. I won't be there until early Saturday afternoon, but I intend on doing a lot of exploring Sat, Sun and Monday.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 07:28 PM   #11
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man, you guys are getting me excited to go wheelin! So Purple, is this area your talking about having any areas for camping? Where does it "start" and "end". Sorry for all the questions, but we are driving about 4 hours, and I don't wanna just drive around aimlessly on dirt roads wondering if trails I see are legal or not.

Thanks to all for input so far, your really helping me out!
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Old May 25th, 2007, 10:19 PM   #12
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There are several campgrounds close by or camping along Canoe Camp Rd. on the Muskegon River is primitive, but close to many trails. As far as being legal just keep to the marked ORV Routes. ORV Trails are for bikes and ATVs. Canoe Camp Rd. is just a few miles north of Harrison off of old US27 and you will want to go west and you'll be wheelin' in no time. Happy trails and hope to meet you on the trails one day.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 11:33 PM   #13
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http://www.ogemawtrails.com/componen...tact/Itemid,3/

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.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 09:29 AM   #14
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You can actually run trails almost all the way from Leota to West Branch. You have to be able to jump on the road for a little bit a few times, but sometime I'd like to string a vacation together running all over from Leota to West Branch, should be a blast.

Does anybody know of anyone that has done this before? I'm sure there is some people out there that have done it before. Thanks for the link Bow Tie Boy.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 03:14 PM   #15
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Anyone interested in hitting the trails out by Crystal Valley area (east of Pentwater in Manistee National Forest I think?) call me at 231-206-6979 Joel
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Old May 26th, 2007, 08:30 PM   #16
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Anyone interested in hitting the trails out by Crystal Valley area (east of Pentwater in Manistee National Forest I think?) call me at 231-206-6979 Joel
can you give me directions from a town or intersection?

How would you rate the trails in that area?
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Old May 26th, 2007, 08:34 PM   #17
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You can actually run trails almost all the way from Leota to West Branch. You have to be able to jump on the road for a little bit a few times, but sometime I'd like to string a vacation together running all over from Leota to West Branch, should be a blast.

Does anybody know of anyone that has done this before? I'm sure there is some people out there that have done it before. Thanks for the link Bow Tie Boy.
that sounds like a blast, I may try it in a month or so. According to Google maps it takes an hour and 9 minutes by road..... how long do you think it would take on ORV routes?

If you only had 2 days to do ORV Routes in Manistee where would you go?

Thanks again to any and all who reply!!!
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Old May 28th, 2007, 06:25 PM   #18
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I'm not that familiar with the trails in the Manistee National Forest...yet, but I just got back from spending the last two days in the Leota area. There are not only alot of fairly easy trails, there are so many that I got lost for four hours trying to find my buddies campsite and I thought I knew exactly where I was going (got to get a GPS)! Most are very easy for a stock vehicle, but I got turned around by a few mud holes, mainly because I was the only vehicle and no winch.

You can definetly run the Leota area for a few days and run miles and miles of trails. If you decide to run up into the area and want another vehicle along drop me a line and maybe we can meet up.
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Old May 29th, 2007, 06:31 AM   #19
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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)

thanks!
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Old May 29th, 2007, 09:20 AM   #20
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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
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