East Colton Bay Road

Drummond Island, Michigan (Chippewa County)

Last Updated: 11/12/2020
3 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.44 miles
Highest Elevation: 657 feet
Duration: About 35 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Drummond Island
Nearest Town w/ Services: Drummond Island
Official Road Name: East Colton Bay Road
Management Agency: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
District: Drummond Island Management Area

Highlights

Highlight: East Colton Bay Road
On the northeast side of Drummond Island, East Colton Bay Road is an easy introduction to driving in the dirt on the island. The trail makes its way through the Maxton Plains Alvar Preserve giving you a chance to drive on and see this rare geographic feature up close and personal. Alvars are made up of a thin layer of soil with a limestone base underneath. These limestone portions of the trail almost look like ancient roads peaking out from the ground. Add East Poe Point Road and Bruce Point Road for about a half-day of exploration. Drummond Island is a 250 square mile island in the Great Lakes that sits right on the border between the United States and Canada. The island’s biggest tourism draw is it’s ATV routes and over 40 miles of ORV trails, many of which you can find detailed here on Trailsoffroad.com. While traveling these trails it’s not uncommon to see wildlife like osprey, blue herons, redheaded woodpeckers, and sandhill cranes. Get your tires a little muddy and explore this protected area of the island via East Colton Bay Road.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead & Informational Signs (0 mi)
The trail starts just past the markers to the protected area of the island. It is very important to stay the trail in this rare Alvar specimen.

Alvars are defined as areas with thin topsoil with a smooth limestone base underneath. These pieces of limestone are naturally flat and can almost look like paved stone from an ancient city. These areas are rare and protected, make sure to stay the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Drummond Island, Michigan

From the Drummond Island Visitor Center drive south on S Townline Rd towards M-134 W for 125 ft. Turn left onto E Johnswood Road and follow for 2.2 miles to S Maxton Cross Road and turn left. Follow for 1.5 miles and turn right to continue on S Maxton Road for 2.2 more miles, then stay left to remain on S Maxton road for another 3.1 miles to the trailhead.

Camping

Not allowed

Trail Reviews (1)

Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
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This was the first trail we did on the island and coming from Colorado, the muddy areas along it were fun to drive through. While there wasn't anything too exciting from an off-roading perspective, we did see a lot of birds and this was our first experience since the alvars up close.

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JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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