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Indian River ATV Trail

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Alt Names

Indian River ORV Route, Mackinaw State Forest, Cheboygan County, Straits Highway, Tomahawk ORV Trail, Burt Lake, Emmet County, Charlevoix County

Last Known StatusOpen

This Cheboygan County area features a 21 mile loop made up of mostly county roads and state forest roads and trails that are open to ORVs. The trails are flat and smooth and wide, allowing motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, Jeeps and other off-road vehicles. There are many other recreational opportunities nearby including swimming, boating, hiking, whitewater rafting and more. The area is also popular for snowmobiling during the winter.

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Nearest CityIndian River, MI
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From: Flint, MI
1) Take I-75 North 190 miles to Indian River
2) Take Exit 310, turn left (west) on Route 68, continue .6 miles
3) Turn left (south) on Straits Highway, continue 2.5 miles
4) Parking area is on the right.


LandState Forest, County Land


Prosgood scenery, mostly flat and easy trails
Our RatingRatingGood    
good trail for novice, family or group adventures
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Many other recreational opportunites in this area
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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 (72 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
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
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on designated trails
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/PeriodicJeep/SUV Patrol
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.




Contact InfoIndian River Tourist Bureau
Indian River, MI
(231) 238-9325
Contact InfoMichigan Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 30181
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1204
CommentMI ORV Sticker Info


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Indian River ATV Trail

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Approx Size10,240 acres (16 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail21
Climate TypeForest
Elevation650 to 950 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
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 few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe state forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
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 little expert terrain.Little




First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (W)North Michigan Regional Hospital (231) 487-4000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)EZ Mart (231) 238-9633
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)The Dairy Barn (231) 525-8540
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (E)Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park (231) 238-8259
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (E)Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park (231) 238-8259
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (N)Burt Lake State Park Beach (231) 238-9392
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SW)Weber Lake Campground (989) 732-3541
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)Ken's Village Market (231) 238-9342
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (N)Burt Lake State Park Beach (231) 238-9392
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteSturgeon River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (N)Burt Lake State Park (231) 238-9392
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