What You Need To Know:
This Is Where It Gets Tricky:
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In the past Jeep and ORV trails have been partially converted into snowmobile trails during the winter months. Because of safety concerns, Drummond Island has not offered off-roading during the winter. It is not safe for snowmobiles and Jeeps to ride on the same trail. Snowmobiles are faster and smaller and can pass each other on a groomed snowmobile trail. Jeeps are slower and wider. It would be difficult for a Jeep and Snowmobile to pass each other on the designated snowmobile trail. Tires tend to cut into the groomed trail causing ruts which could cause a snowmobile to lose control.
Snowmobile trails are funded by the State of Michigan and are maintained by special trail groomers, which keep the trails cleared, packed, and smooth for the snowmobiles to travel. The snowmobile trail route goes on both public and private land. Seasonal leases are negotiated between the private land owners, the State of Michigan, and the local Grooming Association. These leases are specifically for snowmobile use. The snowmobile trail lease agreements will be terminated if wheeled vehicles are operated on private land. The ORV trail system operates solely on State of Michigan land. There are some areas where the snowmobile trails share the ORV routes. This is where it gets tricky…
We want to welcome both Snowmobiles and Jeeps in the winter. We sat down and studied the trail systems and have come up with winter ORV routes that will have minimal impact on the snowmobile trails. These routes are all on State of Michigan land and only briefly intersect each other. Due to the safety issues discussed above it is really important that trail riders adhere to the routes we have highlighted on the map link below. We are working closely with both the local snowmobile grooming association as well as the local ORV club to make this work for everyone.
We were the leaders in Jeep trails in Michigan and it is our intention to work cooperatively with the DNR and the State of Michigan to be the leaders in winter Jeeping and off-roading. With everyone's cooperation regarding the safety and land issues, we will be able to make our winter trail systems better with each passing year.
We have identified 2 areas where ORV Routes have very little impact on the snowmobile trails. Only travel on these two routes during the winter. This will allow great trails both for snowmobilers and off-roaders alike.
ORV Routes only cross State Land.
These routes are marked with numbers from 1 to 27.
Snowmobile Trails can cross both State Land and Private Land. Private Landowners are paid to allow access onto their property. This is only for non-wheeled vehicles (snowmobiles). These trails are marked with number such as 492, 493, etc. Private Landowners do not give wheeled vehicles permission to enter their property.
Turtle Ridge at the Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center is open all winter also! Featuring over 300 acres of prime off- road trails, the course is carved out of the island’s natural limestone.