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Statewide DNR News

June 9, 2017

Contact: Paul Gaberdiel, 906-235-9650

Replacement project to close bridge that services Prout Road and Snowmobile Trail No. 473

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that the bridge that services both State Forest Prout Road and Snowmobile Trail No. 473, which is used by a multitude of forest users throughout the summer, will be closed for replacement beginning today. The bridge provides access over a feeder stream to the Cut River, located at T42N, R6W, Section 6, in Mackinac County. The new structure is estimated to open in mid-July.

The current bridge structure has been deteriorating and has caused ongoing erosion into the stream. The new structure will be safer for users and reduce sedimentation into the stream. During the project, users can utilize Cut River Road as an alternate route.

Grant funding from the Recreation Trail Program, ORV Trail Improvement Fund and Snowmobile Trail Improvement Fund was used for this project. Funds derived from the sale of ORV and snowmobile licenses and permits are reinvested back into their respective programs through a grant program.

Visit to learn about additional closures and trail detours in DNR facilities, including state trails, boat launches, parks and campgrounds. Information on intermittent closures may not be posted.

For more information, contact Paul Gaberdiel, recreation trails specialist for the DNR, at 906-235-9650 or or visit

/Editor’s note: An accompanying map is available below for download./

We have many planned rides for 2017 that are listed on the “Calendar” page. We welcome all people including non-members, to join us on these rides. We will add a ride or two in April if conditions permit. If you are visiting our area and you don’t see a planned ride at that time, feel free to contact us. There are many other rides happening on short notice by various members of our Club. Most of us ride somewhere every week. And we love to show visitors around our trails. The area west of Bay Mills/Raco, both north and south of M28 is a maze of Forest Service Roads, trails, deer paths, etc. and most of them are open to ORV’s. 

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