Denton Creek Trail & Route

This trail is good for ORV Trails/Routes Motorcycling

Denton Creek Route: Dual use ORV Route and Snowmobile trail south of Houghton Lake. The 32 miles of trail is situated south of Waco Road and north of Grass Lake Roads from Old 27 past M-18 to Emery Road. The sandy trail can be seasonally wet due to the numerous wildlife flooding and creeks in the area. The route has very little elevation changes but does wind and twist through predominately oak, pine and lowland tree cover types.

Denton Creek Trail:  Situated in the same area of Denton Creek Route south of Houghton Lake the 48 miles of 50” trail has tight twisting turns with some oak and lowland tree cover types. It can be seasonally wet due to the numerous creeks and wildlife flooding areas.Sections of the trail in the southern and eastern portions gain elevations out of the low area to a more rocky terrain.

VVMapping says, "ORV trail is mostly flat and sandy. There are many bridges/decks on west end of the trail, can be very wet on west side as well. ORV Route: Flat, curved and sandy, can be very wet in spots." Click here for trail maps!

Note: ORV Routes are maintained at a width of 72 inches and are open to all ORVs. ORV Trails are open only to ORVs up to 50” in width. Motorcycle Trails are maintained at a width of 24” on the ground and 40” at handlebar height (only 2-wheeled motorcycles are allowed to operate). The Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail (MCCCT) are connector trails and roads that link different trail systems together in the Lower Peninsula.


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

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