Grand Island National Recreation Area For Dirt Biking

The 24th most popular offroad motorcycle trail in Michigan.

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North of Munising on the Upper Peninsula, the Grand Island National Recreation Area has miles of old forest roads and old carriage trails to explore.

The roads are open to off-road motorcycles 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.

Overall, Grand Island National Recreation Area is the 24th most popular dirt bike trail of all 63 dirt biking rides in Michigan. Several of the better dirt bike trails are nearby Grand Island National Recreation Area including Coal Wood Riding Trail and Bay City Lake Riding Trail.


Local Contact(s):  HNF (906) 387-3700; Michigan Tourism (800) 543-2937; Grand Island Ferry (906) 387-3503.

Recommended Book:  "Michigan Off Road Guide" from Off Road Venture

Best Season:  Oct. - Dec.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  primitive island campsites

Luxury Loding:  Pinewood Lodge, Au Train (906) 892-8300

Breakfast Restaurant:  Sydneys, Munising

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best Grand Island National Recreation Area Dirt Biking Review

GPS:  46.4516, -86.6718

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  3/30/2018

ID:  16258

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