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    Michigan New Oscoda County Trail Maps

    Glossy and in color - title of the map is "Oscoda County ORV Trails & Legal Roads Map" published by the Economic Development Alliance for Oscoda County and available at quite a few of the sponsoring businesses in the county. We just got ours in at the North Star Resort ($2 to buy) and the map itself is very comprehensive with wide bold indicators for the different trails in Oscoda County and each type of trail, i.e., mixed, motorcycle, ATV/ORV, etc., are in a different color and style (dots, dashes, etc.). Connecting trails and suggested road routes are also included. Of course if you're staying at the North Star, we'll give you one for free! We'd love to have more ATV/ORV riders here. Or, just stop in, say "hi", check our place out and buy one for your map collection! Be safe and happy riding, Karen
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    Michigan Oscoda County new maps

    Glossy and in color - title of the map is "Oscoda County ORV Trails & Legal Roads Map" published by the Economic Development Alliance for Oscoda County and available at quite a few of the sponsoring businesses in the county. We just got ours in at the North Star Resort ($2 to buy) and the map itself is very comprehensive with wide bold indicators for the different trails in Oscoda County and each type of trail, i.e., mixed, motorcycle, ATV/ORV, etc., are in a different color and style (dots, dashes, etc.). Connecting trails and suggested road routes are also included. Of course if you're staying at the North Star, we'll give you one for free! We'd love to have more dirt bike riders here. Or, just stop in, say "hi", check our place out and buy one for your map collection! Be safe and happy riding, Karen
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    Oscoda County - Townsips closing roads

    This is what I know so far -- as they close more I will post here. Mentor Township - this is important for Bull Gap Riders - Hoy is Closed Eggelston is Closed (road goes south from the campground stop sign) Warbler is Closed. Rumor - Greenwood Township Kittle Road - because of the Amish (can't blame them, I don't think horses and ATVs would mix very well). This would effect those riding Hunt Creek and Mio Loop. Big Creek Township meeting is on May 19th, which we plan on attending and I will post more then. I'm not sure what Comins Twp is doing as far as closing any roads or when their meeting is. Like I said, the more I know, the more I will post. Karen article from the Oscoda County Herald http://oscodaherald.com/detail/80089.html State law also allows townships to close any roads within their jurisdiction to the operation of ORVs at anytime. However, townships would be forced to enforce their own ordinances, unless they sign a contract with other local police agencies for enforcement. Non-emergency number for the Oscoda County Sheriff's Department: 989-826-3214 They have been very nice and informative. All roads in the town of Mio -- except M33 and M72 remain open. Please see my post below for the full details on the new ordinance effective May 15 - all county roads open, but NOT State highways or USFS service roads.
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    Oscoda County - new links to open May 1

    From Bob of Oscoda County Recreational Riders association - here are the details on the decision this a.m. thanks, Karen At 10:15am this morning the Oscoda County Board of Commissioners accepted their meeting minutes from the April 28th meeting and by doing so the Oscoda County ORV Ordinance 2009-001 became an official ordinance. The link below will take you to the actual Ordinance as is posted on the County website. http://www.oscodacountymi.com/Public%20Notice.htm The Oscoda County ORV Ordinance provides that… ”All County roads, primary and local, are open to ORV operation, subject to the conditions set in this ordinance, and are not required to be posted open”…”at a speed of not greater than 20mph”. This ordinance goes into effect Friday May 15, 2009 . Your primary concern as a responsible rider is to be knowledgeable of the roads within Oscoda County that are NOT covered by this ordinance…those are primarily the US Forest Service Roads which completely run through and around the Bull Gap and Meadows Trail System. This link will take you to the actual trail system maps. http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/Recreation/trails_moto_ohv.htm This link will take you to the Motor Vehicle Use Map that will help you understand what roads are off limits. http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/Recreation/pdf_files/MVUM_HuronNF_West_ANSI_D_300dpi.pdf The opportunities to ride within Oscoda County have just expanded significantly…but the possibility of receiving a $175 fine still exist if you are in the wrong place within USFS jurisdiction…don’t spoil your enjoyment by being in that wrong place. BE AN INFORMED RIDER!!! PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE, FAMILY ORIENTED ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIENTIOUS RIDING O.C.R.R.A PO BOX 1061 MIO, MI 48647
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    Oscoda County - new links to open May 1

    the NEW ordinance was passed this morning, May 12. Here are the in's and out's At 10:15am this morning the Oscoda County Board of Commissioners accepted their meeting minutes from the April 28th meeting and by doing so the Oscoda County ORV Ordinance 2009-001 became an official ordinance. The link below will take you to the actual Ordinance as is posted on the County website. http://www.oscodacountymi.com/Public%20Notice.htm The Oscoda County ORV Ordinance provides that… ”All County roads, primary and local, are open to ORV operation, subject to the conditions set in this ordinance, and are not required to be posted open”…”at a speed of not greater than 20mph”. This ordinance goes into effect Friday May 15, 2009 . Your primary concern as a responsible rider is to be knowledgeable of the roads within Oscoda County that are NOT covered by this ordinance…those are primarily the US Forest Service Roads which completely run through and around the Bull Gap and Meadows Trail System. This link will take you to the actual trail system maps. http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/Recreation/trails_moto_ohv.htm This link will take you to the Motor Vehicle Use Map that will help you understand what roads are off limits. http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/Recreation/pdf_files/MVUM_HuronNF_West_ANSI_D_300dpi.pdf The opportunities to ride within Oscoda County have just expanded significantly…but the possibility of receiving a $175 fine still exist if you are in the wrong place within USFS jurisdiction…don’t spoil your enjoyment by being in that wrong place. BE AN INFORMED RIDER!!! PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE, FAMILY ORIENTED ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIENTIOUS RIDING O.C.R.R.A PO BOX 1061 MIO, MI 48647
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    Oscoda County - new links to open May 1

    The old confusing ordinance with "links" that just passed and effective May was surprisingly rescinded and now - a new one! We are so excited about it! ATV/ORV new ordinance passed! Effective May 15!! You can now unload and ride your ATV or ORV directly from the North Star! The ordinance PASSED! We got there a couple of minutes before 10 a.m. It was not only "standing room only" but a spill out of people into the hall of about 10+ of us. They had passed the ordinance just before we got there. Bob of the OCRRA congratulated the Board and all persons who had a hand in working together on this. He did state, however, that lots of "tweaking" will be done in the upcoming months. Bob had also attended a Road Commission meeting this morning and was asked "well don't we have the option to close 30% of the county roads?" Not sure what will come of that. Very important - you CAN NOT ride on any State Highways (M33 or M72 for example) or on any US State Forestry Roads We do have maps of the US forestry roads, also available online per DNR rep that was there or at the new DNR office - however not all of them are obvious if a road is named, does not necessarily mean it isn't a forestry road - have to look for brown placards that are about 2 feet high with 4 numbers on them. Note the fine for being on one of these roads is $175.00. As I said, there is tweeking that is yet to be done, but the county roads are open as of this Friday, May 15. There are separate Township meetings where the Township I guess can also say yeah or nay - Greenwood meeting is tonight. Big Creek is May 19. We did stop by the Oscoda County Sheriff's department this morning after the meeting and verified that YES you can now unload and ride directly from the North Star! The Deputy wanted me to be sure to let all of guests know that even tho these county roads are open, that the speed limit is 25 mph for an ATV/ORV. I'll post more as I find stuff out. Karen
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    Oscoda County - new links to open May 1

    also received this today The new Oscoda County ORV Ordinance is available at www.oscodacountymi.com. After the headline at the bottom of the page click on "Public Notice". Both the local ordinance and Public Act 240 are available. We all should support those county commissioners who deem ORV riding an economic benefit that needs to be cultivated.
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    Oscoda County - new links to open May 1

    I'm sorry for the "delay in game" but just found this out today. I will try my hardest to be at this meeting tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Annex Building in Downtown Mio. Okay - first I'm going to copy and paste the newspaper article I just found. I'm so excited about this and pray that it passes! What a bonus for business owners and ORV/ATVs!! here is the link to the newspaper article http://oscodaherald.com/detail/79736.html?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=ORV&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=1&sub_type=&town_id=9 Proposed ordinance would open all roads to ORVs By Gary Ridley Staff Writer | reporter@oscodaherald.com OSCODA COUNTY — In a surprising turn of events, the Oscoda County Board of Commissioners, during its Tuesday, April 28 meeting, rescinded a previously approved ORV ordinance, and proposed an ordinance that would open all roads to ORV traffic. The proposal by the commissioners includes opening every road in the county, except state highways and forest service roads. The board will make a decision on the proposed ordinance at its Tuesday, May 12 board meeting. According to the proposal, county roads could be open to ORV traffic beginning Friday, May 15. Commissioners Michael Hunt and Joe Stone opposed the proposal, which was presented by commissioner Dennis Kauffman. Hunt said he heard someone might present a proposal to open all the roads prior to the meeting, but he said he was still caught off guard. Kauffman said he decided to propose the idea of opening all county roads following a meeting with other Northern Michigan community leaders in Grayling. During the meeting, Kauffman said he did not hear any complaints from other leaders whose communities had similar ordinances to the one he proposed. Kauffman also noted the huge economic impact opening county roads to ORVs could have on the area. “There’s potential for Northeast Michigan to benefit,” Kauffman said. Continue checking www.oscodaherald.com, or pick up a print edition of the Herald for more information. Okay - meeting information Mio county Comissioners Meeting Tuesday, May 12 at 10 a.m. Annex Building behind Rite Aid 989-826-1130 Greenwood Township Meeting (note this township is the one who would not allow links on the previous proposal) Tuesday May 12 at 7 p.m. at Greenwood Township Hall Paul Eddie & Connie Kern 989-786-7872 Big Creek Township Meeting Tuesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at Big Creek Township Hall (this is on M-72 between Mio and Luzerne, closer to Mio) Randy Booth 989-826-5992 The flyer I got today says "commissioners and townships both must make the change. Fingers crossed, prayers said! Karen
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    Oscoda County - new links to open May 1

    Please be sure to see full post under Legislation - please study your maps also before venturing on these new links. It appears to me that it will now be legal to ride to the Pink Store w/o fear of tickets. They have opened up 20 miles of links effective May 1.
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