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Baraga Plains ATV Trail

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Alt Names

Baraga Plains Trail, Big Lake, Prison Camp Road, Gorge Cutoff Road, Sturgeon River, Honkers Pond, Big Lake Road

Last Known StatusOpen

This 27 mile loop is open to off-road motorcycles and to ATVs or UTVs less than 50 inches wide. The trails are two-way, so be sure to watch for oncoming riders. A Michigan DNR ORV sticker is required on any ATV or motorcycle used on the trail. The trailhead parking area has a kiosk with information and vault toilet. Nearby Big Lake Campground offers primitive camping for small trailers.

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Nearest CityWatton, MI
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From: Watton, MI
1) Take SR-28 east about 1 mile
2) Turn left (north) on Plains Road, continue 6.3 miles
3) Turn left (west) on Forest Road 2245, continue .75 miles
4) Staging area is on the right (north).


LandState Forest


Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesMI ORV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (94 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibitedprohibited on trail, but there are other roads in the area
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYesrequired by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Big Lake Campground
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.


RidingYes ($16.25 per rider)
MI ORV License
Tent: $15.00
RV: $15.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Big Lake State Forest Campground


Contact InfoBig Lake State Forest Campground
(906) 353-6558
(906) 353-6651
Contact InfoMichigan Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 30181
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1204
CommentMI ORV Sticker Info


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Baraga Plains ATV Trail

Photo Submitted 4/6/2016 (Thanks!)

Baraga Plains Trail Photo

Baraga Plains ATV Trail

Photo Submitted 4/6/2016 (Thanks!)


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Miles Of Trail28
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1200 to 1300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
RoadsThis state forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe state forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis state forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis state forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards are marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NE)Baraga County Memorial Hospital, 770 North Main Street, Lanse, MI (906) 524-3300
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)North 141 Travel Plaza, 13352 State Highway M28, Covington, MI (906) 355-2424
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)North 141 Travel Plaza, 13352 State Highway M28, Covington, MI (906) 355-2424
Potable Water WaterWatton, MI
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NE)Ojibwa Casino - State Hwy M38 & Bear Town Rd., Baraga, MI (906) 353-2274
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NE)Ojibwa Casino - State Hwy M38 & Bear Town Rd., Baraga, MI (906) 353-2274
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (E)Big Lake Campground
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)North 141 Travel Plaza, 13352 State Highway M28, Covington, MI (906) 355-2424
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (E)Big Lake Campground
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (E)Big Lake Campground
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (E)Big Lake Campground
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