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May 17, 2016

Sinkhole On Trail #3 Filled


May 15, 2016 *** CAUTION*** BN (Bill Nichols) Route is closed in between Painsdale and South Range. Due to a water main break that caused a large washout. Please stay clear of this area until further notice, Thank you!


September 24th 2015 It’s that time of the year again! 8th Annual Senior Fall Color Tour Ride! We could use your help if you have a Side X Side and would like to volunteer your time to give a Senior a ride please give Kim at the number below  It will be a day you’ll never forget!

MI-TRALE invites Seniors to join us on the 8th Annual Fall Color Tour Ride

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 

MI-TRALE would like to take you on a ride in a Side by Side from Greenland to Twin Lakes so you can enjoy the Fall Colors

The RIDE is FREE and includes a Pasty Lunch

We will be providing Bus transportation to and from Cane Court, Ontonagon with 2 departure times.

Limited space Available You MUST make RESERVATIONS to go on the ride please CALL Kim before Monday, Sept. 21, 2015at   863-528-5256 or 906-482-0656 & leave a message

Kim can answer any questions you may have too

We hope you will Join Us on this amazing Fall ride!

TOUR #1 – Departing at 8:30am ET from Cane Court in Ontonagon the bus will take to the Fairgrounds in Greenland where you will get in a Side by Side and head to Twin Lakes State Park for lunch and after lunch around 1pm the bus will take you back to Cane Court in Ontonagon

TOUR #2 – Departing at 11:30am ET from Cane Court in Ontonagon. The bus will take you to Twin Lakes State Park for lunch. After lunch you will get in a Side by Side and head for the Fairgrounds in Greenland to arrive there around 3:30 pm ET where you will take the bus back to Cane Court in Ontonagon.

If you have your own ATV or Side by Side bring it and join us Or ask a friend or family member to join us and take you on this tour in their Side by Side. You will still need to make reservations even when bringing your own machine!





MI-TRALE invites you to participate in the fourth annual State Park Off-Road Trek (S.P.O.R.T.) Ride

Saturday, June 13, 2015 Twin Lakes State Park, Twin Lakes Michigan

The ride – offered by MI-TRALE and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will depart at 10 a.m. from the day-use parking area at Twin Lakes State Park. For more information about this park, including a detailed map, visit

The S.P.O.R.T. Ride will bring riders down the Bill Nicholls Trail, connecting to the proposed new multiuse route between Ontonagon and Rockland (known as the OR Route). The route will pass by old mining sites in Greenland and Rockland and provide spectacular views of Ontonagon County. As the ride reaches its destination, riders will have views of the Ontonagon River, passing through the village of Ontonagon and arriving at Ontonagon Township Park, which is the only ORV access point on the western shores of Lake Superior.

Before the ride, attendees can enjoy a social hour at 9 a.m. with coffee and snacks at Twin Lakes State Park’s enclosed picnic shelter. Post-ride activities also will be held at the township park. At the conclusion of the main S.P.O.R.T. Ride, event sponsors will provide information on additional ride options, both guided and self-guided. Twin Lakes State Park is located less than 35 miles from Baraga State Park, so riders can easily travel the connector route between the two parks before or after the S.P.O.R.T. Ride. Maps of the route between Baraga State Park and Twin Lakes will be available at various locations.

Event registration is recommended. Please call Rich Pirhonen at 906-288-3321 or Kelly Somero at 906-353-6558 to register.

The S.P.O.R.T. Ride is a partnership event between MI-TRALE and the DNR. Other sponsors this year include the village of Ontonagon, Ontonagon Township, Ontonagon Township Park, the Ontonagon County Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Forest Service.

There is no charge to participate in the ride, but a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to Twin Lakes and Baraga state parks. It’s to be a GREAT DAY!! Please come join us!!

2015 SPORT Flyer Large 3


Polaris Industries has approved a $10,000 T.R.A.I.L.S grant to MI-TRALE
Don Helsel, the president of MI-TRALE stated that “These funds will be used to purchase much needed equipment to ensure that our ORV trails located in 5 western UP counties will be maintained in the safest condition possible.” Helsel further stated that “Without the strong support of the MI-TRALE board, our members, and our supporters this grant would not have been possible.”
“Being able to purchase this equipment will allow us to be much more efficient with our trail projects, and precious volunteer hours” stated Linda Schulz MI-TRALE secretary and wife of Trails Manager Mike Schulz. “Having everything you need on the jobsite and not needing to return because you didn’t have the right equipment for the job is priceless when your covering 5 counties and hundreds of miles of trails” “We are truly grateful for this wonderful grant from Polaris”
It feels great that Polaris Industries recognizes the work that MI-TRALE has accomplished along with the partnerships that have been created the last few years, and is able to support us with this grant so that we can continue to maintain and grow our trail system.

MI-TRALE extends our “Thank You” to Polaris Industries for their continued and generous support of our trail system.


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Back Country Horsemen of America
Big news and we need your help!!!

Last week, Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced into Congress our much-anticipated “trails bil…l,” the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act. The bill is essentially the same as the trails bill they introduced in June 2014 (H.R. 4886), but now has a new number: H.R. 845.

It was reintroduced at the request of BCHA, The Wilderness Society and the American Horse Council.

The bill, if enacted into law, would direct the U.S. Forest Service to:
– Develop a volunteer strategy specific to trail maintenance;
– Study the feasibility of including fire crews and outfitters & guides in the efforts to address the agency’s trail maintenance backlog; and
– Fix a problem regarding volunteer liability and workers compensation should a volunteer be injured while performing trail maintenance.

We believe the bill would remove some existing bureaucratic barriers that prevent volunteers and partners from conducting trail maintenance on some national forests. Importantly, the work of BCHA-TWS-AHC on this issue over the past few years has done much to raise awareness and prompt a search for solutions to the growing trail maintenance backlog on our national forests. Congress has again weighed in with this bill to address volunteer-oriented solutions.

Please monitor BCHA’s website this week for more information about the bill and our request that you write your members of Congress to ask that they sign-on as co-sponsors of this important bill.


We’ve done it!! On SALE NOW! Our Multi-Use Trails Guide is on the shelves at the Ironwood MI Walmart!! Tell your friends! Yippee! Yay for MI-TRALE and all our sponsors! What a great guide! HUGE Thank you to all who put this guide together! Walmart…..who knew we’d get this far!!



We were busy last week! Here’s what’s going on!

1. MI-TRALE officially submitted paper work request to have the Ontonagon to Rockland (OR) Route designated by the DNR. Due to unknown costs to install decking on the 3 bridges, the request goes from where the route connects to the Pioneer in Rockland to Ontonagon near the old depot. We will submit the remaining section once we can pull together some costs for the decking.

2. Submitted to the DNR a request to have MI-TRALE be the grant sponsor for the OR Route

3. Received confirmation that MI-TRALE is now registered with Walmart and will be able to sell our Multi-Use Trails Guides to them. Starting with the Ironwood and Houghton stores.

4. Met with the Ontonagon County Planning Commission and presented the Himanka Hill Family Recreation facility in Bruce Crossing concept and timing. We have full support of the commission. Next step is meeting with the County Board. They have been in full support, so this will be more of an update and asking them to participate in a committee being established just to manage the design and implementation of the site.

5. We submitted several ideas to the DNR for 2015 showcase projects to show where ORV monies are being spent. We will have to see if any are selected.

6. We closed out the map agreement with the ONF. We were holding it open in case we were going to do something in 2015. As there will not be a change on the MUVM in 2015, we agreed to close the agreement.

7. Attended the 2015 DNR grant workshop in Baraga. Interesting information and may have provided some additional partnerships with local units of government.

8. Had an informal discussion with Highland Copper about shared events sponsorship and land use for ORVs. Let’s just say that we found their views very interesting. Those that are not aware: Highland purchased all of the White Pine property along with the Copperwood property and several large tracks in the Keweenaw. Some 30,000 acres.


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MI-TRALE will join other outdoor enthusiasts across the state Sept. 21-28 in celebrating Michigan Trails Week by sponsoring a Camp-N-Ride on Sept. 20-21 at the Courtney Equestrian Trails located on highway M-38 in Ontonagon County, one mile west of Courtney Lake road.

CAMPING: is available at or near the trail head; MI-TRALE will be on site to set up camp around 11am on Sat. There is room for several rigs there. MI-TRALE will bring firewood, rocks and a grid for cooking and share the fire with anyone who comes along.

If you plan to camp on the Ottawa, there are locations at and near the Trail Head on Forest Road 1980 that would be easy to drive to. You can camp anywhere you wish. Use your own judgment, or contact MI-TRALE and we can offer some suggestions.

If you camp on the Simar Landing strip or on the north side of the highway, on DNR property, you need to contact the DNR for permits.

PARKING: You can use the Simar Landing Strip for “Day Use and Day Parking”, or park at the trail head.

RIDES & SUCH (set at EST): Saturday 1pm – Ride / 5pm(ish) eat [bring your own meat & beverage and a dish to share] / Evening ride anyone? Sunday 11am – Ride / 2pm(ish) Late Lunch / Packing up? Or ride some more?

Contact: Cathy Wainio 906-988-2232 Equestrian Director – MI-TRALE