View Full Version : PLEASE Help GLFWDA Save 56th Ave Near Silver Lake!

August 23rd, 2011, 07:00 PM
* Who: Four wheelers and those willing to help save this road

* What: Bobcats and Kubota type tractors would be a BIG help, saws, shovels, hard tined rakes. sledge hammers, post-hole diggers, leather palmed work gloves, and eye protection

* When: 9:00 AM on Saturday, September 17th
RAIN DATE 9:00 AM Saturday, October 1st

* Where: We'll meet at the Park-N-Ride lot on the north east corner of US-31 and M-20 then travel to the site together.

* WHY: Great Lakes Four Drive Associaiton has partnered with adjacent residents and the Oceana County Road Commission to provide some badly needed maintenance to 56th Ave immediately north of Marshville Dam Road. This is one of the few Seasonal Roads in the Silver Lake area that provide an easy trail ride for those seeking an alternative to the Dunes while they're in the area. Through the years some parts of the road have become overgrown while the hill it traverses has recently begun to erode. The errosion is happening startlingly fast and needs to be addressed ASAP. Adjoining land owners were going to petition the OCRC to have it abandoned, and the OCRC would probably have done so since they lack the funding to make effective repairs. We see this attitude quite frequently. But, through the intervention of GLFWDA, a compromise plan was developed that will benefit all parties. The adjoining land owners don't have to worry about the erosion, or having the road's path shift onto their land. The OCRC won't be asked to supply labor they can not afford for such a little traveled road. We get to continue to use it. There are a handful of other Seasonal Roads that provide a nice trail ride with some minor 4wd use on hills and in sandy areas. The OCRC is willing to drop the gravel we will need to fill the erosion, but the labor is up to those of us who would like to continue to have access.


August 23rd, 2011, 08:52 PM
There is a good chance I can make this. How big are the trees grown into the road? Firewood size or brush?

August 23rd, 2011, 09:56 PM
Sorry, I'll be off to PA that week.

August 24th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Mostly brush, but a couple of 4-6" dia too.

Renegade II
August 24th, 2011, 04:55 PM

This is a nice area to ride, Danimal & I did some playing on these roads a couple years back. It's a nice change of pace from the dunes for a day. Wish I could make it up but I've burned up all my vacation the last 3 weeks setting home with the new baby.

August 24th, 2011, 07:08 PM
I'd love to come, but won't be able to make the Sept. date. If it gets pushed back to the rain date, I'll hopefully be able to be there.

September 1st, 2011, 10:26 AM
Here's some pics of the hill.
I was half way up it (for reference)
The first pic shows the depth to which it has eroded.
The second is downhill.
The third is facing uphill.
That last pic shows how much sand has washed down the trail. That all used to be hard-paked black dirt.

September 2nd, 2011, 03:54 PM
Looks pretty open to me

September 2nd, 2011, 11:49 PM
Just the south 1/5th mile is overgrown.
The hill is the big work. The rest is just minor trimming and moving a fence to its proper location.

September 3rd, 2011, 08:35 AM
Looks pretty open to me

Just the south 1/5th mile is overgrown.
The hill is the big work. The rest is just minor trimming and moving a fence to its proper location.

Do not underestimate the work required. While the brushing and fence work is minimal, redistributing the sand that has moved from the hill top down the road will be an undertaking.

September 12th, 2011, 04:54 AM
I heard Rich was bringing his tractor. Any more equipment available?

September 12th, 2011, 03:40 PM
We have a couple tractors and at least one if not two dump trailers coming.

September 12th, 2011, 04:51 PM
I don't think I am going to make it Pat.

September 15th, 2011, 06:18 PM
Hmmm, Will chat with the Boss on this one! Sounds like a great effort and good time!

September 15th, 2011, 09:21 PM
Ok Pat, Katie and I are in. Leaving from Pinckney around 6 or so. Can bring some hand tools etc. Looking forward to lending a hand.
We will most likely head home same night.

September 18th, 2011, 12:58 PM
A HUGE THANK YOU! to all of our volunteers! Also a special thanks to Deuce x 1/2, Fullsize4life, frdtrckmnrich and ksejeeper for hooking us up with the equipment. We couldn't have done it without you!

This was a very large undertaking consisting of blocking illegal side trails and filling/retop-coating a pretty substantial hill. The road is open for use, but please Tread Lightly! The fresh work is still soft and needs time to settle in to place.

Here's what a local land owner has posted over on facebook:
Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association ... saved our beautiful seasonal road (56th Street). It was so badly destroyed by the top layer being graded off leaving sand and an invitation to recreational vehicles to destroy the path. Now it is beautiful, peaceful and thanks to those hard working GLFWDA members.

September 19th, 2011, 02:33 PM
Thanks to all of those that were able to help out.