North of Munising in the Hiawatha National Forest, the Grand Island National Recreation Area has miles of old forest roads and old carriage trails to explore.
The roads are open to ATVs from October 1 to December 31, permit required. Getting to the island in the fall can be a challenge though since the ferry only runs in the summer.
Grand Island stretches north for 8 miles, from its southpoint at Williams Landing in Munising Bay to the north end at North Point. Only three miles across at its widest point, Grand lsland offers 35 miles of shoreline, encompassing over 13,500 acres of dense woodland, including several lakes. Rapid-flowing streams cut through the rugged hills, and massive 300 foot wave-cut sandstone cliffs. Beaches of fine sand, winter ice caves and historic buildings and artifacts dating back as far as 2,000 BC are just a few of its highlights.
Camping opportunities range from random camping at undeveloped sites to primitive camping at designated sites along Murray Bay and Trout Bay. There are six designated camping sites on Grand Island; two at Murray Bay, and four at Trout Bay. At each site your tent must be within 15 feet of the camp site marker post.
FYI - there is no potable water on the island, but there are plenty of black bear.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding on Forest Service roads is permitted on routes with vertical number signs, unless it is marked closed to ATV. On Forest Service roads with horizontal number signs, ATV riding is not permitted unless the road is marked open to ATV.
Overall, Grand Island National Recreation Area is the 12th most popular ATV riding trail of all 54 ATV trails in Michigan.