Snowfall & Trail Conditions
The Portage Lake Lift Bridge is the only way (at least “by land”) to cross the Portage Canal from Houghton to Hancock. You can trailer across the bridge, but it’s a lot more fun to ride your ORV under it! But you’ll need an escort if you choose to cross on your SxS or ATV.
The City of Houghton Police Department will give off-road vehicles escorts across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Please call 906-482-2121 from the intersection of Trail #3 and the Canal Road. You’ll be asked to sign a waiver and the officers will open the gate and allow you to go through the City of Houghton’s RV Park.
ATV Escort Times
Officers provide ATV escorts seven days a week, provided they are available, at the following times:
ATV’s and side-by-sides only. Sorry, no jeeps, pickups, full-size vehicles, converted 4X4s or dirt bikes. Minimum of 2 machines to be escorted.