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Welcome to The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan!

The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan is a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of our wild lands while promoting the sport of off-road motorcycling. During the riding season, organized “trail tours” are held at various locations throughout the trail system in the northern part of the state. In addition, The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan sponsors the “Ultimate Trail Ride” – the Michael R. Burlingham Memorial Six Days of Michigan. Six full days of off-road riding – there’s no other ride like it anywhere in the world!

Your membership in The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan includes a one year subscription to the Great Lakes TrailRider Magazine, a detailed map CD of the Michigan trail system, access to all CCC events and activities plus access to the members' section of this website. To join, simply click here, follow the link above, or contact the CCC office at 517-781-4805.

Storm Damaged Trails in Northern LP Now Cleared

The Department of Natural Resources has announced that damage caused by severe weather on Labor Day has been surveyed and cleared on northern lower Michigan off-road vehicle trails and routes.

Based on National Weather Service data and site inspections by air and ground, ORV Program volunteers and DNR staff have been able to assess and clear the debris and downed signs left in the storm’s wake. Trail systems specifically targeted for assessment and clearing included:

Crapo Creek ORV Trail and Route and North Branch ORV Route (southeastern Otsego County)
Kalkaska ORV Trail and Route (northern Kalkaska County)
Frederic Trail and Route (northwestern Crawford County)

“Remember, there are thousands of miles of trails in the remote forests of Michigan,” said DNR recreation trail specialist Paige Perry. “Our clearing efforts since Labor Day were focused on the trails that had the greatest possibility of damage. We ask users to always ride responsibly and be prepared for other users or natural obstructions on the trail.”

Any individuals with questions, updates or reports about the trails network can contact Paige Perry at 989-732-3541 ext. 5086.

Five Miles of New Single Track Trail at Kinross

Five miles of new (total of 32 miles) motorcycle-only single track is now on the ground at Kinross in the Upper Peninsula. It is brushed and is marked with both black on white arrows and orange trail triangles. This trail is new this summer and hasn't been ridden much yet, so please stop at all marked trail crossings! Contact the CCC office for details at ccckids@frontier.com or call Lewis Shuler at 517-416-0126. In addition to observing the permanent trail markers, please stay between the yellow and orange paint.

ORV Stickers Beginning April 1, 2014

$25.25 ORV "License" – Required to ride on non-private property (eligible county roads, state forest roads in the Upper Peninsula, eligible national forest roads and the frozen surface of public waters).

$10.00 ORV Trail Permit – Required to operate on state-designated and signed ORV trails, routes and scramble areas. This sticker is needed in addition to the $26.25 ORV license above to ride trails and routes with an orange triangle. Both the license and the permit are required on SOS licensed vehicles to ride trails and also some sections of Routes, ie. on Drummond Island. If you're riding a street licensed motorcycle on the Michigan ORV trail system...you'll need both ORV stickers beginning April 1.

Law enforcement will be looking for both stickers on the rear fender of any ORV riding the orange triangles on the trail.

New ORV Legislation Enacted

Several bills of new legislation affecting ORVs in Michigan have recently been signed into law. See the Legislative page for details!

Sharing Our Trails

For a complete guide to trail etiquette in Michigan, click here.

This website and all content herein © copyright 2014 by The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan. All rights reserved. No material may be reproduced, distributed, modified or reposted to other websites without the express written permission of The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan.


Updates

11-02-14 Posted the November issue of Great Lakes TrailRider Magazine in the members' section. Updated home page. Posted classifieds for November.

10-14-14 Updated home page.

 
News & Announcements

10-14-14 Oakland County Invites You to Check Out First ORV Park

Full sized four wheeled off-road enthusiasts can test drive a 35-acre demonstration course in Groveland Township at the Dixie Gully Run ORV event November 1 and 2. The course includes a rock crawl, hill climb, scramble area, trail ride, moguls, stair step and extreme gully. The event is open only to 4 x 4 and side-by-side vehicles with rollover protection. Motorcycles and ATVs are not permitted. The course was constructed by Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR), in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), to test the potential operation of an ORV site in southeastern Michigan. The course was built at an active gravel mine owned by Groveland Township and leased to Bedrock Express. “The MDNR has made it one of their priorities to establish an off-road vehicle park in Southeast Michigan. Its strategic land management plan focuses on collaboration with local government to expand recreational opportunities, which is also a directive by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder,” Executive Officer Dan Stencil said. According to Stencil, the MDNR manages more than 29,000 acres in Oakland County, but there is no legal public ORV riding. “That’s an impactful statement when you learn that more than half of Michigan’s ORV owners live in southern Michigan,” Stencil said. “For years we’ve had ORV enthusiasts telling us they would rather spend their recreation dollars close to home where it can benefit the communities in which they live and work.” The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund will announce grant awards in early December. “If a grant is awarded to the MDNR for the acquisition of property, OCPR will work with the DNR to develop a long-term lease to operate the property as an Oakland County Park,” Supervisor of Planning & Resource Development Melissa Prowse said. “The MDNR grant is for the acquisition of 312 acres. Additional property leases or use agreements could mean an eventual park build out of 450 acres which would bring OCPR’s total acreage up to nearly 7,500 acres.” The potential ORV site, located about a half mile from Groveland Oaks County Park, could feature adventure recreation opportunities like zip lining and mountain biking. Groveland Oaks offers camping, boating, fishing and more. Proximity to I-75 would provide easy access to riders from across the state. For a one-day test event in August, riders came from as far away as Traverse City and Sault Ste. Marie to participate. “We’re thankful for the cooperation of Groveland Township which granted us authorization for the test events,” Stencil said. “Their officials understand what an economic impact a regional recreation facility like this could have on the area.” Parks staff surveyed attendees at the August event and found that 34% patronized local restaurants, 54% made purchases at local gas stations and 22% spent money at other local businesses. “Staff also gained valuable knowledge and experience about designing, constructing, maintaining and operating an ORV park,” Prowse said. “We measured noise levels and discovered they were not greater than ambient levels. OCPR strives to be a good neighbor in communities where our 13 parks and golf courses are located.” For the November event, riders can select from a 9 a.m. or noon entry time and stay until 4 p.m. Each day is limited to 200 vehicles; pre-registration is mandatory. The cost is $20/vehicle. Limited trailer parking is available. Red Wood Grill will be on site with concessions. No alcohol is permitted. Spectators can pay $5/person (ages 2 and under free) to park at Groveland Oaks County Park and catch a shuttle to the ORV site starting at 9 a.m. The last shuttle back to Groveland Oaks will be at 3:30 p.m. There will be no ORV rides available to spectators. Camping will be available at Groveland Oaks County Park for individual sites, group sites and six-person cabins on Friday and Saturday. Download the registration form at DestinationOakland.com. All participant vehicles must be pre-registered for the event. Completed forms can be emailed to orv@oakgov.com. Questions about the Dixie Gully Run can be directed to 248.858.0916. The Dixie Gully Run ORV event site is located at 14300 Shields Road, Holly. Groveland Oaks County Park is located at 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly.