ATV & Off-Roading

Explore the twists and turns of Upper Peninsula trails, routes, and state forest roads on an ATV, motorcycle, or other designated off-road vehicles. A thrill like no other, off-roading is a popular pastime in Marquette and allows visitors a chance to bond with nature and fellow off-roaders. 

From how to obtain a permit and/or license to where to ride, here's everything you need to know to plan the ultimate off-roading adventure in Marquette.

Be Prepared

Before you go off-roading in the state of Michigan, including Marquette, you must purchase an ORV trail permit and/or license unless you’re staying on private land. 

If you plan on exploring county or state forest roads open to ORVs, opt for the license. For access to ORV trails and routes, choose the permit. Both options are valid for an entire year. You can purchase a license or permit in-person or online at The Department of Natural Resources (or DNR) website

If you plan on visiting in the summer, the Michigan DNR grants off-roaders free rides on DNR-designated 4,000 miles of trails and routes, including its scramble areas, throughout two weekends. Check DNR’s site for the latest dates. 

Where to Ride

With plenty of trails open for off-roaders in the UP, you may be wondering where to start your open-air adventure.

Michigan offers three types of off-roading trails – ORV trails and routes and motorcycle-only trails, all with different width sizes. Off-roaders must abide by trail etiquette, from respecting trail closures to staying on the designated path.

Find 24-mile state ORV route, which connects Republic to the Negaunee Ice Arena, on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. Over 600 miles of state forest roads are open to ORVs in Marquette County.

The DNR provides detailed maps for ORV trails, routes, and state forest roads. 

 Additional Resources

Before you head out on the trails, be sure to review the ORV etiquette on multi-use trails, local maps, and up-to-date trail conditions. Below are additional resources to help plan your perfect off-roading adventure.