Diamond Lake Campground to host rider weekend
Do you have an off-road vehicle (ATV/ORV) and would like to both ride and camp? The Newaygo County Parks & Recreation Department and the West Michigan Ridge Runners ORV Club are partnering to offer an ORV Weekend at Diamond Lake County Park, just north of White Cloud.
The weekend of July 14-16 is the only weekend ATVs can be driven in the campground right to your campsite. From the Diamond Lake County Park, riders can access the ORV trail in the Manistee National Forest. In addition, the parks will offer themed activities and safety information.
The West Michigan Ridge Runners ORV Club (WMRR) will be organizing a ride on Saturday morning utilizing the shoulders of Newaygo County roads to the ORV trail which runs north from M-20 to 7 Mile Road. All vehicles must have an ORV registration sticker and drivers aged 12-16 must have an ORV safety certificate. Drivers 16-18 must have either a safety certificate or a driver’s license. To utilize the ORV trail, vehicles must be less than 50 inches wide.
“This is a great opportunity to not only get out and ride but also camp at a great campground,” said James Maike, chair of the WMRR. “We want people to have fun but also know the safety rules.”
“ORVs will be permitted to drive from Diamond Lake County Park to the ORV trail and only on park roadways following the 10 mph speed limit for all vehicles,” said Parks Director Nicholas D. Smith. “This is a test run and if it goes well, we may expand access.”
Anyone interested in camping must have a reservation and they can be made by calling the campground at 231-689-1190 or online at:
The campground is located at 3351 N. Mundy Ave., White Cloud, and was formerly called Camp Swampy when it was owned by Steelcase who used it as a retreat center.