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Old 12-31-2011, 02:26 PM   #1
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Michigan ORV sticker

I'm new to Jeeps, but read where you need an ORV sticker to go anywhere off road. Is getting one as simple as going to the Sec'y of State and buying one, or is there something more involved? I have a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, totally stock. I bought the Jeep to ward off the snow, so far my plan has worked brilliantly. Now I want to try something where I can use the 4wd. I live in Rochester and read about "The Mounds" but know nothing about them. They sound relatively close. Are they beginner friendly and open in the winter?

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There is only 3 places in michigan that require you to have an orv sticker on your jeep.....silver lake, The Mounds, and I cant remember the third. As long as your jeep is licensed(plated) and insured, you're legal to go trail riding. The ORV Stickers can be bought most anywhere that fishing licenses and such are purchased (gas stations, sporting goods, even wal-mart) and they are 16.25 for a year and expire in I believe march.

Note....ORV trails are not for jeeps. ORV Routes are.

Technically if you need four wheel drive to get through a trail it's Illegal!! Don't let the DNR catch you in 4 wheel drive on a trail.

Michigan blows for fun wheeling.

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Confusing? How do I know the difference between a route and a trail? If I go up North or out West and drive on a dirt road, will I get in trouble?
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If you go to the Michigan DNR site, and look at ORV maps, it will show you the ORV trails and routes.
PDF Example....http://www.midnr.com/publications/pd...eels_Trail.pdf

Note the legend at the bottom tells you which areas are for ATV.s , Vehicles, and motorcycles.

Seasonal roads, fire roads etc are legal unless they have a sign stating they are closed.
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:33 AM   #5
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Thanks, I'll check it out. Interesting that the vehicle route symbol is a jeep.
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don't give into the urge to hit any 4 wheeler trails... lots of DNR all over. We listen to 'em on the police scanner all the time by Tawas. They have trucks, boats, 4 wheelers and snowmobiles. And, the Coast Guard, DNR and State Police all work together up there.

Other than that, have a blast!!! And, the sticker is only like $16 or something close to it. I get every year for the Mounds. Cool place if you haven't been there yet.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:59 PM   #7
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I was on the DNR website last night. No trails anywhere close to me. I checked out several utube videos from the Mounds, looks interesting, think I'll wait for warmer weather. No, I don't think I'll try the swamp mud! My brother lives in Hastings, apparently the is another site, like the Mounds over there as well.
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ORV permits are required at several places across the state:

The Mounds ORV Park (Genesee County)
Silver Lake State Park ORV area (Oceana County)
Bull Gap up near Mio (but not much there to do)
St Helen Motorsport Area (Roscommon County)
Some portions of the ORV Route system on Drummond Island

ORV Routes are open to all Off Highway Vehicles, and the new confidence markers do not show any vehicle sillouette on the marker - just the words "ORV Route". You may still find some of the old ones in the woods, but they are confusing since they show a quad on the marker.

For those that were looking for new things to try, the Mounds has trails, sandy scramble areas, lots of mud, and new rock courses for everything from beginners to highly modified vehicles. The St Helen Motorsport area has some good sandy hill climbs, lots of trails, and a new set of rock courses too.
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There are specific ORV trails designated for certain vehicles. There are one just for 4 wheelers. Specific ones for snowmobiles. Specific ones for dirt bikes . And specific ones for trucks/buggys/jeeps. There usually posted but there are areas where they mix them all. Look at the trail info online it will tell you where jeeps are aloud.

Side note. I have never heard that being in 4wheel will get you in trouble.

Other side note. Twisted trails offroad park, and rocks and valleys require a sticker I believe also.
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A couple of points of clarification:

Michigan has 24" single tracks for motorcycles only. 50" trail can be run by anyone under 50" including motorcycles. ORV Routes are open to all ORVs except for a couple of spots on Drummond Island that are restricted to 4x4 vehicles only.

Licensed vehicles can operate on "forest roads" on state land in MI. However, a forest road must be passable by a conventoinal 2wd vehicle. So if you are on a forest road that is not part of the ORV route system, and the terrain requires 4x4 to get through (other than on a seasonal basis like snow) you are asking for a ticket.

Twisted Trails and Rocks & Valleys (and Bundy Hilll for that matter) do not receive ORV grant money from the state, and therefore do not require an ORV permit to ride.
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^^^ What he said... I love going to Bundy Hill and they definitely do not require a ORV sticker. I can't wait to take the Jeep out there... hopefully I get a chance to before I leave this summer. I've only been out there in my lifted Subaru...

BTW, I think/thought the new season for ORV stickers starts mid April...
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Thanks, I live in Rochester, so most of these places are prohibitively far away for day trips. I understand that the Mounds is fairly close, but is closing for the season soon. Don't know when it will reopen. My jeep is a new Sahara, unmodified, but I want to understand what its off road capabilities are. I'm unlikely to do any modifications, I'm at the age where my Jeep is a tall it can be for my wife and I to still be able to get into it
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I guess I need to update my ORV map then lol cuz the one I have specifies trucks only or 4 wheelers only or whatever else. But it is about 8 years old
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Mounds reopened may15 closes march 14
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Bundy Hill is a day trip... 15 miles or so southwestisk of Ann Arbor. From Harrison Twp it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Bundy Hill... Click me
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Thanks, I live in Rochester, so most of these places are prohibitively far away for day trips. I understand that the Mounds is fairly close, but is closing for the season soon. Don't know when it will reopen. My jeep is a new Sahara, unmodified, but I want to understand what its off road capabilities are. I'm unlikely to do any modifications, I'm at the age where my Jeep is a tall it can be for my wife and I to still be able to get into it
GLFWDA will be hosting a 4wd Awareness training class in Davison on June 2 that is designed to give new 4x4 owners some basic skills and safety training (more experienced 4x4 owners can usually unlearn a bad habit or two as well). The program is from Unites Four Wheel Drive Associations and has been developed over a number of years. I'll post details as soon as we work out the particulars.
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Thanks, that sounds like just the kind of event I need to start with.
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I guess I need to update my ORV map then lol cuz the one I have specifies trucks only or 4 wheelers only or whatever else. But it is about 8 years old
The link ORV and ATV Trail Signs - Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Handbook shows what types of ORVs can use which sets of trails.

As good or better than commercial maps are the new GPS-based maps from DNR, and they are free.

DNR - ORV/ATV Trail Maps

You can click on the symbols that are shown on each map to download the actual GPS data (garmin format) for that particular trail or route.

The complete 2012 MI ORV handbook is available for download at Laws and Safe Operating Procedures for ATVs and Off-Road Vehicles - Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Handbook
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ORV permits are permitted on all the trails in Lake county area....I heard permits were going up to 45.00?? Is this true?
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The new ORV Stickers are out meow... color is orange this year.
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^^^ What he said... I love going to Bundy Hill and they definitely do not require a ORV sticker. I can't wait to take the Jeep out there... hopefully I get a chance to before I leave this summer. I've only been out there in my lifted Subaru...

BTW, I think/thought the new season for ORV stickers starts mid April...
What's up with Bundy Hill anyway? Did they close or is there website just under construction?. Just got my JKU and was hoping to go out there soon to give it a run around.
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What's up with Bundy Hill anyway? Did they close or is there website just under construction?. Just got my JKU and was hoping to go out there soon to give it a run around.
Weellll, forget I said anything, I should have checked the site again cause now it's up!!!!!
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I heard permits were going up to 45.00?? Is this true?
Not this year. ORV stickers will remain $16.25 for 2012-2013 season (they expire in March each year), but there are a couple of different proposals in Lansing that will probably change that for the following (2013-2014) season. The ORV prgram is self-funded and will soon run out of operating funds unless there is some kind of increase.

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ORV permits are permitted on all the trails in Lake county area...
Only for ATVs, motorcycles and other ORVs that are not licensed by the Secretary of State.
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don't give into the urge to hit any 4 wheeler trails... lots of DNR all over. We listen to 'em on the police scanner all the time by Tawas. They have trucks, boats, 4 wheelers and snowmobiles. And, the Coast Guard, DNR and State Police all work together up there.

Other than that, have a blast!!! And, the sticker is only like $16 or something close to it. I get every year for the Mounds. Cool place if you haven't been there yet.
well im in the coast guard and i can tell you you dont have to worry if your on a tail we wont come find you we are just on the water
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So what about if you are from out of state? I currently live in Toledo (unfortunately) but my parents cabin is in Oscoda. I go up there damn near every weekend over the summers and this is the first summer with my JKU. I want to check out some trials and take some pics. Do I need to go to the Sec State in MI to get an out of state ORV sticker?
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So what about if you are from out of state? I currently live in Toledo (unfortunately) but my parents cabin is in Oscoda. I go up there damn near every weekend over the summers and this is the first summer with my JKU. I want to check out some trials and take some pics. Do I need to go to the Sec State in MI to get an out of state ORV sticker?
No... just bring your license and go to any place you can get your fishing/hunting license. I can't remember if you haVe to pay a smidge more, but I do know you don't haVe to go to the SOS.
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Ok, Thanks for the info!! Much appreciated!
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I live in Montmorency County, where there are many ORV trails. They all have signage with pictures that tell you what is allowed on each specific trail. If a jeep is allowed, there will be a picture of a vehicle on the orange trail sign. If there is no vehicle picture on the sign, stay off that trail as it is for bikes, 4-wheeler, snowmobiles, etc. And some trails are "mixed" trails and are clearly marked as such. And you need an ORV sticker to be on any of these trails. You can get stickers online, and wherever hunting/fishing licenses are sold.

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