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Old 03-13-2019, 03:16 PM
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Hey im in the lower Eastern side of Michigan. We trail ride up north a lot. We took a trip to Drummond Island and saw all the trails so now my dads planning and campling and riding trip up there during my upcoming spring break.

Has anyone rode up there on quads and if so how was it? We got two 400ex's and a Can AM outlander. Any info would be good, Thanks
 
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:00 PM
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Back when the DNR only had paper maps I got one for each trail. Drummond Island was the only trail in the whole state recommended for experienced riders only. I just checked the interactive map and most of it is Trail and Route. Maybe it's not that bad, but I'd rather have 4WD than a sport quad just in case. I think you can ride your ATV onto the ferry instead of hauling it with a truck and trailer to the island. It would be cheaper that way and you wouldn't have to worry about finding a place to park on the island.

I rode Cranberry Lake Trail just west of De Tour Village and the island. It's a little trail and IIRC it's the one where there was a boulder about the size of my shed right next to the trail. Just one all by itself and none anywhere else. About 22 miles west of that trail I rode Bay City Lake Trail. It's a little trail too. Going north the entrance to the parking area is the last road on the left before the Kewadin Casino at Hessel. It's a small casino compared to most of them. I was a stone's throw away from the golf course on one part the trail and they had stumps piled up to keep people out. It would be easy to ride Cranberry Lake Trail and Bay City Lake Trail, and still have time to go to the casino the same day.

https://midnr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/w...8110fdb4f7799d
 
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Frank View Post
Back when the DNR only had paper maps I got one for each trail. Drummond Island was the only trail in the whole state recommended for experienced riders only. I just checked the interactive map and most of it is Trail and Route. Maybe it's not that bad, but I'd rather have 4WD than a sport quad just in case. I think you can ride your ATV onto the ferry instead of hauling it with a truck and trailer to the island. It would be cheaper that way and you wouldn't have to worry about finding a place to park on the island.

I rode Cranberry Lake Trail just west of De Tour Village and the island. It's a little trail and IIRC it's the one where there was a boulder about the size of my shed right next to the trail. Just one all by itself and none anywhere else. About 22 miles west of that trail I rode Bay City Lake Trail. It's a little trail too. Going north the entrance to the parking area is the last road on the left before the Kewadin Casino at Hessel. It's a small casino compared to most of them. I was a stone's throw away from the golf course on one part the trail and they had stumps piled up to keep people out. It would be easy to ride Cranberry Lake Trail and Bay City Lake Trail, and still have time to go to the casino the same day.

https://midnr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/w...8110fdb4f7799d
Thanks for the reply. We were actually gonna go camping up there to make it worth the while since its so far away. I did hear quite a but about rocky trails up there but i never saw any rocks. Can we ride on the roads up there cause I saw other people doing it
 
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:28 PM
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All the rules and regulations are on the DNR website. https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,...148---,00.html
 
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:05 PM
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Looking at the maps it looks like a place I would like to try. Not sure how I would get my motor home over there to camp while riding. Looks very rustic from what I have read so far.
 
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:44 PM
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There are 4 campgrounds on the island. You should be able to take your motor home on the ferry.

https://www.visitdrummondisland.com/campgrounds.html
 
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Old 03-16-2019, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Kymco 450i View Post
Looking at the maps it looks like a place I would like to try. Not sure how I would get my motor home over there to camp while riding. Looks very rustic from what I have read so far.
Theres a ferry to get you motor home to the island but we will need to take tents since we need to pull a trailer with our machines. It is very rustic up but, not a ton to that island
 
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:48 PM
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Well I pull a trailer behind my motorhome so it needs to be a "big" ferry. Hate to see what that would cost? Sounds like fun though...
 
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Kymco 450i View Post
Well I pull a trailer behind my motorhome so it needs to be a "big" ferry. Hate to see what that would cost? Sounds like fun though...
haha the fairy had multiple campers and trucks with big campers so youd fit fine but yeah idk about that pricing... lol
 
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:21 PM
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Car, Pickup & Driver = $14
Senior/Handicap Car, Pickup & Driver = $7
Adult Passenger = $2
Senior/Handicap/Student Passenger = $2
Bus - Camper, Motor Home = $28
Pickup with Camper Unit = $18
Trailer up to 10' = $10
Trailer 10' - 20' = $20

Trailer over 20' = $26
Motorcycle, Snowmobile, ORV and Driver = $7
No Excuses = Priceless


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