OFF-ROAD VEHICLE PATROL
During the off-road season Deputy Zig Bogumil,
Special Deputy Gary Owen and Special Deputy Mark Holston patrol all Kalkaska area Off-Road Vehicle trails, ORV routes, forest trails/roads and county roads.
Off-Road Vehicle Patrol is assigned to deputies that have proven proficiency on the machines in addition to specialized training in the statutory aspects of the operation, licensing, and registration of these vehicles.
This patrol normally operates on weekends and will occasionally work special events. Selective enforcement may be necessary based upon special requests or complaints received from citizens. Typically, deputies patrol the off-road trails, routes and selected areas conducting inspections and compliance checks to ensure that operators adhere to state and local laws. The off-road vehicle patrol may be requested to assist at accident scenes and could at any time, be called out for search and rescue operations.
- Kalkaska County ORV Ordinance
1. An ORV operator and passenger MUST wear a U.S. DOT approved helmet and protective eyewear or goggles. Except: When the ORV is equipped with an approved roof and the operator and passengers are wearing properly adjusted and fastened safety belts.
2. A braking system in good working condition that operates by either hand or foot.
3. A throttle system designed to automatically and immediately return the engine to idle when released.
4. A U.S. Forest Service approved spark arrester and muffler, in good working condition and meeting applicable sound level standards (99Db(A) or 94Db(A) on vehicles manufactured after January 1, 1986.
5. If operated during the hours of ½ hour after sunset and ½ hour before sunrise must also have a lighted head light, tail light and brake light, brighter than the tail light.
1. Long sleeved shirt or jacket.
2. Chest protector for chest and shoulders.
3. Kidney or riding belt for lower back support.
4. Sturdy gloves that protect the hands and improve grip on the controls.
5. Denim or other heavy pants material.
6. Knee and elbow pads.
7. Heavy leather boots for ankle and foot protection.
ORV TRAIL RIDERS ADVISORY:
Michigan ORV trails and routes are designed for two-way travel. Be alert at all times when riding
on designated routes for other vehicles including snowmobiles and trucks. Users need to always be alert
for on-coming traffic. Single track trails are designed for motorcycle and ATV's and are recommended for
Advanced Riders Only.
There are certain responsibilities that come with the ownership and operation of an ORV. Adults bear the
burden of passing on responsible conservation and outdoor ethics to young operators under their supervision,
and setting the example for all other ORV enthusiasts.
It is important to consider the potential impact of ORV's on Michigan's fragile environment, and to
operate ORV's in a manner that minimizes conflicts with others who are enjoying the fields and forests of the state.
Michigan's law enforcement officers will play an important role in ensuring ORV recreational opportunities are
available for safe responsible users. They accomplish this through aggressive enforcement and a continued
willingness to respond to public concerns.
DNR Trail Maps within Kalkaska County - Click on Below Links
- Grand Traverse to Leetsville MCCCT
- Kalkaska Trail and Route North
- Kalkaska Trail and Route Central
- Kalkaska Trail and Route South
- Kalkaska to Tomahawk North
- Kalkaska to Tomahawk Central
- Kalkaska to Tomahawk South
- Leetsville Trail Map
- Leetsville to Kalkaska MCCCT
- North Missaukee Trail and Route East
- North Missaukee Trail and Route West
- North Missaukee and MCCCT
- West Higgins Trail
- Michigan DNR Trail Maps
- Michigan ORV Safety Course
-The handbook of Michigan ORV Laws and Responsibilities
-Michigan DNR ORV