More flood problems: Washout closes section of ORV trail

Provided by Michigan Department of Natural Resources A trail washout along the Lake Linden Route in Houghton County is shown.

LAKE LINDEN — A washout due to a culvert failure has forced the closure of part of the Department of Natural Resources’ ORV trail near Lake Linden.

The 0.8-mile segment of the Lake Linden Off-Road Vehicle Route between Normand Road and Lake Linden will be closed indefinitely, the DNR said Wednesday.

DNR staff were notified by an email from a staff member at McLain State Park, said Matt Torreano, outreach specialist with the DNR.

The DNR has already slated a number of trail repairs for this summer stemming from last summer’s flooding. The washout has been elevated on the priority list, Torreano said.

“I think it’s safe to say it will be addressed in the next month,” he said. “It is a priority for us to ensure there’s a connection to Lake Linden.”

Construction is slated to begin next week at a site above Lake Linden, once road restrictions are lifted, Torreano said. About 30 work sites are planned for this summer.

The DNR conducted aerial surveys this spring and have also sought help from the public in finding new areas of damage on railroad grades damaged in last year’s flood. To report runoff concerns or trail damage in Houghton County, contact Torreano at 906-226-1342 or John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer at 906-250-7260.