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There are two permits, a ORV trail permit, ($10) and an ORV license ($26.25), as you are licensed there are some trails that would not require the $26.25 but they are difficult to identify and open to interpretation.
 

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Most people just buy both and then they are covered wherever they go. What's bringing you to the U.P. ?

Well I grew up in Michigan and my wife and I are going back for a family reunion over Labor day weekend and my wife is a native Arizonan who has never seen the fall colors so after our family reunion we are taking our motorhome and General to the UP to camp and watch the leaves change and explore the area. Oh and enjoy the cool weather! Any trail recommendations?
 

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If you are interested in visiting Picture Rocks, there is a pretty nice KOA in Wetmore that has full hook up sites with cable and WiFi and direct trail access and you can ride right from your campsite. They put in new bathrooms and leveled all the sites last spring. All Michigan campsites book up pretty fast, so I would suggest reservations well in advance.
 

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Ron is correct. Sites book FAST. Book now. Good trails from Manistique to Munising and Grand Marais. Those are the ones that I'm familiar with (I live in Munising). P.S. the colors up here won't start changing until mid-October.
 

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If you are interested in visiting Picture Rocks, there is a pretty nice KOA in Wetmore that has full hook up sites with cable and WiFi and direct trail access and you can ride right from your campsite. They put in new bathrooms and leveled all the sites last spring. All Michigan campsites book up pretty fast, so I would suggest reservations well in advance.
im from munising and dont invite more tourists here. Its already a zoo in the summer. More like coney island then the paradise it once was.:D
 

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Ron is correct. Sites book FAST. Book now. Good trails from Manistique to Munising and Grand Marais. Those are the ones that I'm familiar with (I live in Munising). P.S. the colors up here won't start changing until mid-October.
tell them the truth. The trails are SUPER dusty and overrun with atvs most of the summer. Most of us stay away from the main trials except to get from point a to point b or to a good spot. Head toward gwinn its less congested. Really the nicest area in the UP to ride is the far east end. It hasnt been overtaken by tourists and its probably the prettiest area in the UP. Second choice would be the copper country.
 

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We have a place in Menominee county on Big Cedar River out by 366 and 551. There is a "rustic" campground on 551 but I am not familiar with how it is situated for a motor home. Easy access to the trails which are very well marked. As noted, the trails are very dusty unless it rains the night before. Its a bit better in late fall. We rarely run into a bunch of traffic even on Holidays. You can open it up pretty good. Been stopped by the DNR twice. As long as you have your stickers and are not stupid drunk they are pretty understanding. But it is the DNR...

If you come up early in Mid-August a fun time is taking the trails to the Bark River Off-road truck races which you can drive to and park on-site. D-4 road off 366 is, IMO, one of the prettiest rides when the the colors are out. Too short at one mile long but well worth it. They keep threatening to extend the trail to the Island Casino in Harris but still not done yet. If you like to golf, IMO the casino has two of the nicest public golf courses you will play in Michigan, Sweetgrass and Sage Run. I believe you can stay right there with your Motorhome as well and you might be able to make it to 551 through the Indian Reservation and then down to the trails. A lot of asphalt on that trip though.

Here is a link to the Michigan ORV trails on the Michigan website. There are also a bunch of dirt roads you can venture off on like Westman Dam Rd. The area I am talking about is the South Beach (my term) area down in Menominee County. Only one trail there. Parking out by Cedar River and there is a pub there. Its not the geatest place but the beer is cold.



Enjoy your trip. We will be up over labor day finishing the pole barn. Maybe we will cross paths on the trails at one of the many "pit stops." Look for your license plate holder and a 🤙receiver hitch cover on a Blue '19 G2 with an old bald dude and a much better looking side kick. 🤙

Cheers!!
 

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Fall riding is my favorite time of the year to ride in the UP. We usually get more rain then too so the trails aren't as dusty, but prepare for the worst. Near Manistique is a campground called Jack Pine Lodge that has full hookups and is right on the trails. Probably the most UTV friendly campground I've seen. There isn't anything else there like a beach, but you can ride for days using that as your starting point. A good ride is up to Grand Marais, but it will take a full day there and back with stops along the way.


I just ordered a tow hook from your site this week!
 

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Fall riding is my favorite time of the year to ride in the UP. We usually get more rain then too so the trails aren't as dusty, but prepare for the worst. Near Manistique is a campground called Jack Pine Lodge that has full hookups and is right on the trails. Probably the most UTV friendly campground I've seen. There isn't anything else there like a beach, but you can ride for days using that as your starting point. A good ride is up to Grand Marais, but it will take a full day there and back with stops along the way.


I just ordered a tow hook from your site this week!
great burgers at the bar there too.
 
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