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Red Bridge ATV Trails

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Red Bridge, Black Lake State Forest, Black Lake Scramble Area, Black River, Red Bridge Road, Fisher Creek, Black Hills, Mud Lake

Last Known StatusOpen

At one time this was the location of an old ski lift but is now a popular playground open to motorized use. The area offers about 35 miles of wooded trails, steep hill climbs and a small sandy play area. There is no fee charged to ride or park but there are no services.

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Permit RequiredYesMI ORV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoMI ORV permit required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYesrequired by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails, Sand Pit
LandState Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityOnaway, MI
AddressRed Bridge Road, Onaway, MI 49765
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Cheboygan, MI
1) Take Black River Road south about 20 miles
2) Turn right (west) onto unmarked dirt road, continue about .25 miles
3) Staging area is on the left (south).


Contact InfoMichigan Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 30181
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1204
CommentMichigan ORV Sticker Info


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Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail35
Climate TypeForest
Elevation650 to 750 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has no hard pack terrain.None
SandThis trail has almost all sandy areas.All
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis trail has no rocks.None
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has some sand or gravel pits.Some
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis state forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Marathon Gas (989) 733-8413
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)Marathon Gas (989) 733-8413
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (E)Black Lake Conference Center Campground (989) 733-8521
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (E)Black Lake Conference Center Campground (989) 733-8521
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (E)Black Lake Conference Center Campground (989) 733-8521
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (E)Black Lake Conference Center Campground (989) 733-8521
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Marathon Gas (989) 733-8413
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