Oceana County Michigan

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Oceana County ORV Ordinances

Oceana County does NOT have a countywide ORV ordinance.  Each of the sixteen townships have the ability to choose whether or not they have an ordinance to allow or prohibit the use of ORV on roadways within their townships.

Oceana County is home to the Silver Lake State Park – ORV Area.  This consists of more than 2,000 acres of sand dunes, 450 acres of which is dedicated to the use of ORV’s.  The Silver Lake State Park – ORV Area is located in Golden Township.  Golden Township prohibits ORV’s on their roadways.  *Exception:  W. Fox Road, between N. Ridge Road and N. 24th Ave.

Oceana County does not have a formal ORV trail system.  Townships that permit ORV use do so with the understanding that ORV’s will operate on the far right shoulder of the roadways while traveling to their destination.

For any township open to ORV use on public roadways, a Michigan ORV sticker is required to be visible and affixed on the rear of the machine.  A trail permit is not required for use on public roadways.

  • ORV’s cannot operate on any U.S. Forrest Service roadways or lands.

It is the responsibility of the ORV operator to know where they are operating and if it is permitted!

The following townships have ordinances that allow ORV use:

(Click on hyperlink to download the actual ordinance PDF)

Colfax Township
Crystal Township
Elbridge Township
Ferry Township
Grant Township
Greenwood Township
Hart City
Hart Township
Leavitt Township
Newfield Township
Otto Township
Pentwater Village
Shelby Township
Shelby Village
Weare Township

The following townships have ORV ordinances that prohibit use:

Benona Township
Claybanks Township
Golden Township
Pentwater Township



If you need to know where the township boundaries are that you are
inquiring about, click this link to view a full size map.  On the attached
map, the townships are all shaded a slightly different color.

OceanaCoMap Full Size
City of Hart ORV Map



It is the operators responsibility to know where they are operating and the rules that apply to them.

For more information about the Silver Lake State Park – ORV Area, such as dates, rules, and other information please visit DNR Silver Lake State Park ORV.

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