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Bass Lake Motorcycle Trail

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Bass Lake, Bass Lake Trail, Pike Lake, Spring Lake, Crooked Lake, Popular Creek, Miller Creek, Escanaba River State Forest

Last Known StatusOpen

Open to motorcycles only, this motorcycle trail forms a long loop that winds through a scenic hardwood forest with thick bushes and fern foliage. The trail is narrow, twisty and hard pack with some sandy sections.

The staging area is small but there is room for a few trailers. Camping can be found a short distance away at Pike Lake, which has a small but pleasant primitive campground and direct trail access. Campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis.

There is no fee charged to ride but all machines must display a current Michigan ORV Sticker.

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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 (28 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
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 CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest


Tent: $20.00
RV: $20.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Bass Lake and Pike Lake State Forest Campground Fees


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityGwinn, MI
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Gwinn, MI
1) Take SR-35 west about 5 miles
2) Turn left on Chain Lake Trail, continue 2.3 miles
3) Veer left on W. Crooked Lake Lane, continue 1.1 miles
4) Staging area is on the right.


Contact InfoMichigan Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 30181
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1204
CommentMI ORV Sticker Info
Contact InfoBass Lake State Forest Campground
(906) 339-4461
(906) 346-9201
Contact InfoPike Lake State Forest Campground
(906) 346-9201


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Bass Lake Motorcycle Trail

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Miles Of Trail26
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1200 to 1300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has almost all berms.All
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis state forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis state forest has almost all shaded areas.All
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 (E)Neil's Mobil Mart (906) 346-7844
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (E)Gwinn
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (NW)Country Village RV Park (906) 486-0300
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (NW)Country Village RV Park (906) 486-0300
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteBass Lake Campground (906) 346-9201
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)Larry's Family Foods (906) 346-6103
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