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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 electronic ORV map listing (on flash drive) 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 517-416-0126.

Conservation Officers Remind Hunters to Follow ORV Laws

With deer hunting seasons soon to be underway underway, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers remind hunters heading afield using an off-road vehicle (ORV) to follow ORV land-use regulations.

”Each year, we see hunters using ORVs where it is illegal to operate them,” said Lt. Andrew Turner, who leads the DNR’s Recreation, Safety and Enforcement program. “We remind hunters that ORV restrictions are in place to protect natural resources and minimize user conflict with other hunters and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. To ensure everyone’s safety and to help everyone have an enjoyable hunt, we ask riders to know the rules and encourage others to do the same.”

ORV land-use regulations hunters should be aware of include the following:

It is illegal to operate an ORV on public lands in the Lower Peninsula that are not posted open. ORVs are prohibited on state game areas or state parks and recreation areas unless posted open.

On state forest lands, ORV use on designated trails is limited to vehicles 50 inches in or less in width. Off-trail or off-route ORV operation outside of a designated area is prohibited, except for licensed hunters operating an ORV at speeds of 5 miles per hour or less for the purpose of removing deer, bear or elk. Big game ORV retrieval provisions do not apply to the Pigeon River Country State Forest or to state game areas and national forests.

In all national forests, motor vehicles can be used only on roads, trails or areas that are designated as open on Motor Vehicle Use maps. For more information, contact the local national forest headquarters.

It is illegal to operate an ORV from 7 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. on any area open to public hunting during the Nov. 15-30 firearm deer season. For exceptions to these time restrictions, see the 2017 Hunting and Trapping Digest or the Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws.

Roads, streets and highways maintained for year-round automobile travel are closed to ORV operation, including the shoulder and the right-of-way, unless designated open to ORV use by local ordinance. ORV operators should check with the county for local ordinances.

Private land is closed to ORV operation except by the landowner and the landowner’s invited guests.

An ORV may not be operated in a manner that creates an erosive condition. Michigan’s soils and shorelines are fragile, and ORV operation in these areas and along stream banks and other waterways is restricted. It is unlawful to operate any ORV in or on the waters of any stream, river, marsh, bog, wetland or quagmire.

ORV Trail Bridge Reopened After $803,000 Repair is Completed in Ontonagon County

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has reopened the South Branch of the Ontonagon River bridge near Ewen after significant work was completed to revitalize the former railroad bridge.

Work began this summer and was completed ahead of schedule. The bridge reopened after final inspection on Sept. 20. This $803,000 project was funded through ORV and Recreational Trails Program funding. Repairs were performed by MJO Contracting Inc. of Hancock.

“MJO Contracting did an excellent job and their attention to detail will ensure recreational users are able to enjoy this structure for generations to come,” said Jeff Kakuk, DNR western Upper Peninsula trails specialist.

Work undertaken consisted of removal of the old bridge deck and wood approach abutments. The site was grubbed and graded to allow water to drain away from the bridge footings, two of which were rebuilt. The old bridge abutments were replaced with concrete and steel.

The new bridge deck is constructed of custom pressure-treated, glue-laminated beams, deck and railing.

The 443-foot-long steel plate girder bridge, which was originally constructed during Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic railroad development, previously underwent engineering review by Northwest Design Group of Traverse City.

“This bridge provides access for snowmobile, off-road vehicle and non-motorized traffic on the Bergland to Sidnaw Rail Grade,” Kakuk said. “It’s great having this important trail river crossing project completed.”

The Bergland to Sidnaw Rail Trail (Snowmobile Trail No. 8) uses the former DSS&A railroad grade and runs for 49 miles. The route parallels M-28, running east and west, in Ontonagon County.

Public Act 288 Creates New ORV Access

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently working to implement Public Act 288 of 2016, which requires a comprehensive inventory of thousands of miles of state forest roads and regulates the use of Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) on those roads. DNR staff has made preliminary recommendations on which roads will be open for ORV use and which will remain closed. Please be aware of and engaged in this process. The most efficient method for reviewing the DNR recommendations and submitting comments is to use the online map at www.michigan.gov/forestroads. The map displays the DNR road system and identifies which roads are recommended to be opened, closed, or seasonally closed to ORV use. Interested parties can add their comments directly to the map (instructions are available on the website). Alternatively, comments will be accepted via email to DNR-roadinventoryproject@michigan.gov or by mail to DNR Roads Inventory Project, PO Box 456, Vanderbilt, MI 49795. The DNR is accepting comments until July 15, 2017. The comments will be incorporated into the final recommendations, which will be made available for additional public review prior to DNR Director, Keith Creagh, making a final decision, which is expected at the November 9, 2017 Natural Resources Commission meeting. Final maps and the total miles of state forest roads open to motorized uses will be posted on the DNR’s website by the end of 2017. This process will continue in other regions of the state into 2018. Please feel free to distribute this information to your ORV friends and families.

Custom CCC Riding Jersies Now Available

Looking for a great gift for the off-road rider in your house? The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan has partnered with Fly Racing, one of the top brands of purpose-built riding gear and accessories in the industry to offer custom imprinted riding jersies! The jersies are black polyester with whit trim and feature a large CCC logo screen printed on the back. Click here for pics and details!

Sharing Our Trails

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

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Updates

12-03-17 Posted the December issue of Great Lakes TrailRider Magazine in the members' section. Updated home page. Posted Member Marketplace ads for December.


 
News & Announcements

12-03-17 Check out the new 2018 CCC Calendar of Events! Start making your plans now!