Military training site could be used for off-roading

The State of Michigan is considering allowing off-road driving in a prohibited state forest. This is because the army uses it as a training area.

Lester Graham


Radio Michigan

There are thousands of miles of trails and roads in Michigan’s forests and state parks. All-terrain vehicle drivers near Grayling would love to ride the nearly 100 miles of land leased by the military.

Camp Grayling is a huge complex where National Guard units from Michigan and surrounding states train. The exercises also extend to neighboring state forest lands. Formation may include heavy armor and artillery.

“The military, Camp Grayling, they rent the land. It’s actually state-owned land, but they’re leasing it for training purposes,” said Matt Foster, assistant project manager for the Department of Natural Resources road inventory team.

There are almost 100 miles of trails and roads in the forest. Off-road vehicle drivers want to use them.

Camp Grayling and the state propose to open the state forest to ATVs when National Guard training is not taking place there. If the proposal is approved, there will be limits.

“Camp Grayling, when they practice in a certain area, they’re going to close the doors so people know they’re not allowed past that point,” Foster said.

Signs will be posted and notices broadcast on Facebook and local radio stations when logging roads are closed for recreational use.

The area could be open to quad riders next April.

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