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    Default Riding side by sides into Houghton.

    Is there anyone familiar with ATV/UTV rules in the Houghton area. We would like to ride into town and stay at the Super 8. Is this possible? Are the trails to copper harbor open? Can you get up brockway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikes99ss View Post
    Is there anyone familiar with ATV/UTV rules in the Houghton area. We would like to ride into town and stay at the Super 8. Is this possible? Are the trails to copper harbor open? Can you get up brockway?
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    Police give escorts across the bridge from the canal road only at certain times. The main trail in Houghton is non motorized at least in summer. I would look somewhere else to stay than Super 8.
    https://mitrails.org/library/magazin...nt%20Trail.pdf

    https://www.keweenaw.info/recreation/atv-trails/

    https://www.keweenawatvclub.com/map-...closed-trails/

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    Riding into the city of Houghton is not permitted and dangerous, no trail to use.

    Are the trails to copper harbor open?
    No

    July 31, 2020
    Media contact: John Pepin, 906-250-7260

    ORV trail section closed temporarily in Keweenaw County

    Closure to affect access to Copper Harbor until mid-September
    Logging operations on private property along a 15-mile-long section of the state-managed off-road vehicle B Route in Keweenaw County have forced temporary closure of the trail effective immediately.
    Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division trail officials said the landowner will be conducting logging activities that directly impact the trail, and recreational use would not be safe.
    A trail reroute was not possible.
    “The trail is closed between Lac Labelle Road and Keystone Bay Road,” said Rob Katona, DNR central Upper Peninsula trails specialist. “Riders will not be able to access Copper Harbor and the Keweenaw Point area when traveling from locations such as Eagle Harbor, Eagle River, Phoenix, Mohawk and Calumet.”
    Katona said the closed trail segment will be gated at both ends with limited area available to turn around. DNR conservation officers and county sheriff’s deputies will be patrolling the closure.
    In addition, the DNR announced in late May another temporary ORV trail closure in the area for logging operations that remains in effect.
    That closure involves the west side of the BK ORV Trail, located on private lands, which is closed until the timber harvest is completed.
    For more information on these and other closures in Michigan, visit Michigan.gov/DNRClosures. For more information on ORV trails, visit Michigan.gov/DNRTrails.

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    I was in the area last week and did not see one SXS trail riding up there. As busy as Copper Harbor and Brockway was I don't think I would want to ride that area anyway. The type of people that were up there would probably want to sabotage your SXS anyway lol. I want to buy a Electric assist Mountain bike when prices settle down, but was told I would not be welcomed biking in Copper Harbor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunk06 View Post
    I was in the area last week and did not see one SXS trail riding up there. As busy as Copper Harbor and Brockway was I don't think I would want to ride that area anyway. The type of people that were up there would probably want to sabotage your SXS anyway lol. I want to buy a Electric assist Mountain bike when prices settle down, but was told I would not be welcomed biking in Copper Harbor.
    Regarding the mtn bike comment, they are not allowed on Duluth (COGGS) trails either. City of Duluth requires all trails to be non motorized so no E-bikes. At this point in my life I like the challenge of the trails but in another 10 yrs when I'm in my 60's I could see the advantage of a e-bike. Hopefully attitudes (and prices) will have changed by then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    Regarding the mtn bike comment, they are not allowed on Duluth (COGGS) trails either. City of Duluth requires all trails to be non motorized so no E-bikes. At this point in my life I like the challenge of the trails but in another 10 yrs when I'm in my 60's I could see the advantage of a e-bike. Hopefully attitudes (and prices) will have changed by then.
    My wife and I got a couple of cruisers and are in love with them. I test road a mountain bike and loved that too, it made it so a guy like me that used to ride off road motorcycles, but not the best at biking enjoy it right away. It's still a workout riding them, especially if you stick to eco or trail mode and i actually like how they have a little weight to them. Best thing is that if i'm going to go out on a bike i can make a longer ride out of it vs being pooped on my regular MB in no time! A guy like me on a E mountain bike will not be doing anymore damage to the trail than a fast person on a non assist bike

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    No e-bikes on bike trails? I would never have guessed that. Wonder why? I just got back from the black hills last week, atv and sxs are allowed on every road that I could tell, including US highways. Was sure a breath of fresh air out there both literally and figuratively. To bad more places can't have attitudes like they do out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renegade View Post
    No e-bikes on bike trails? I would never have guessed that. Wonder why? I just got back from the black hills last week, atv and sxs are allowed on every road that I could tell, including US highways. Was sure a breath of fresh air out there both literally and figuratively. To bad more places can't have attitudes like they do out there.
    You can register a SxS as a motorcycle in S.D. and get license plates for it. Then you can drive them in any state (so I'm told).
    Once you have SD plates on it, just like a car from out of state. Its legal to operate. If pulled over, cops run the plate it comes back valid. Should be fine as long as insurance and DL are good.
    My buddy got SD plates for his, waiting to see if he has any problems. It was cheap, like $35.
    If he gets by with it, I might get plates for mine and do some cruising. Don't think I'll go on the highways though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweeperguy View Post
    You can register a SxS as a motorcycle in S.D. and get license plates for it. Then you can drive them in any state (so I'm told).
    True. Some states require you to register a vehicle with them if you live there more than x days (most that have this rule are 90 days that I've seen). They want that tax $$. Would you be able to transfer that vehicle/plate to your home state? Generally not. Will you get caught? Probably not as well.

    People like to do this with other vehicles/RVs and then at times certain states will crack down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renegade View Post
    No e-bikes on bike trails? I would never have guessed that. Wonder why? I just got back from the black hills last week, atv and sxs are allowed on every road that I could tell, including US highways. Was sure a breath of fresh air out there both literally and figuratively. To bad more places can't have attitudes like they do out there.
    They are legal on all non mountain bike trails in WI providing that they are only E assist and assist shuts off at 20 mph. The bill went through with Bi partisan support

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