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 nothing else 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.
The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan's Board of Governors Seeks Recording Secretary
The CCC Board of Governors needs a new Recording Secretary. This volunteer position provides a wide variety of assistance to the BOG. A brief description of duties follows from the Consitution of the CCC...
"The Recording Secretary shall keep an exact record of the proceedings of the Association and of the Board of Governors and submit to the Active Members for vote such questions as are certified to him/her by the Board of Governors for that purpose."
What that means is, the Recording Secretary participates in monthly teleconference meetings of the Board of Governors and keeps accurate, written minutes of those proceedings. In addition, the Recording Secretary typically calls role, distributes minutes from previous meetings and assists in such functions as the annual election of Governors. If active involvement in the governance of The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan is something that interests you, please contact BOG President Chuck Heyza at 810-275-7614 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DNR Reminds Hunters to Follow ORV Rules
With deer hunting seasons under way, 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 unlawful to operate any ORV in or on the waters of any stream, river, marsh, bog, wetland or quagmire.
Violations of these and other rules should be reported by calling the DNR’s Report All Poaching (RAP) Line at 800-292-7800.
Ottawa Eastern Connector ORV Route in Western Upper Peninsula Now Open
A new, 70-mile state designated off-road vehicle (ORV) route running north/south through three counties and the Ottawa National Forest in the western Upper Peninsula opened Saturday, August 31.
The Ottawa Eastern Connector ORV Route (EC) begins roughly 12 miles west of Iron River and runs through Ottawa National Forest, terminating at the Bill Nicholls ORV route near Mass City. It connects to three major ORV routes: the southernmost Iron River to Marenisco Route; the central Bergland to Sidnaw Route; and the northernmost Bill Nicholls Route.
State-designated ORV routes are at least 72 inches wide and may be used by ORVs of all sizes. As a state-designated route, the Ottawa Eastern Connector Route qualifies for maintenance by the Michigan DNR.
“The route is mostly tree-covered and runs through a remote area of the Upper Peninsula, utilizing county roads and forest service roads, and passing by many inland lakes and streams,” said Rob Katona, DNR Upper Peninsula trails analyst.
SB 68 the "Polaris Bill" Proposed in Michigan's Senate
Important legislation that may have significant impact on Michgan's ORV trail system is taking shape in Lansing. See the Legislative page for details!
The Map App - Help for the Directionally Challenged
At one time or another, we've all found ourselves without a trail map, often when we've needed one most. That's exactly what led CCC member Carrie Vanderhoff to author Michigan ORV Trails, the first smartphone app for Android and Apple iPhone users that puts the entire database of ORV trail maps in the palm of your hand. Click here for her story, also featured in the March 2012 issue of Great Lakes TrailRider magazine.
Sharing Our Trails
For a complete guide to trail etiquette in Michigan, click here.
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