Burt Lake Trail  Trail Committee

Trail Committee

Trail Committee members: Gene Hodulik - Chair, Margie Reh (Top O' Michigan Trails Council), Jim Valrance, Mac Richardson, Dennis Dombrowski (Mullett Twp), Dale Covy (Munro Twp), Virginia Chenevere, Paul Janness. 

Burt Lake Trail Update, Sept 2018

 The committee has finally received the final two pieces of the puzzle in order to allow Phase II to go for bids in November. The University of Michigan easement final approval and the archaeological survey approval letter from the State Historic Preservation Office were received in August. The committee appreciates the efforts of several committee members as well as Top of Michigan Trails Council board members that allowed this to happen. Michigan Department of Transportation is responsible for letting and evaluating the bids for Phase II this fall/winter with construction planned for spring/summer of 2019. This section of trail will be a paved, separated trail picking up where Phase I ends on W. Burt Lake Road and will wind through University of Michigan Biological Station property, including “the gorge” and end on East Burt Lake Road.


The committee, with the assistance of OHM Advisors engineering firm, has already submitted grant applications to the DNR Trust Fund and MDOT Transportation Alternatives fund for Phases III and IV. These two phases were combined for fiscal efficiencies. These phases will run along East Burt Lake Road and connect the first two phases of trail with the already-completed Phase V.  That phase was completed in 2017 and consists of 5-foot paved road shoulders running from Hoppies to Topinabee Mail Route Road along Mullet-Burt Lake Road.  Approval could come as early as this winter on those two grants with construction planned for 2020. Once these next two sections are complete, over 11 miles of the proposed 18-mile route will be able to be enjoyed by walkers and bikers.


The volunteer maintenance group continues to do yeoman work keeping the trail in outstanding condition for walking, jogging and biking. Two areas prone to wash-out were paved this summer, the Brutus Hill and the Jay Jontz hill which were identified as top priority to improve the trail. You will soon see the bright-colors vests of the volunteers out on the trail clearing leaves and debris. Feel free to stop and say thank you or better yet, offer to join this group in their year-round effort to keep Burt Lake Trail in good condition.


There have been some complaints of vehicles parking on the trail and especially lawn service providers and other trailers. The committee is pursuing signage along the trail but appreciates efforts by residents to have their lawn service and other contractors park elsewhere.


The committee is looking for new energetic members to help make this trail a reality. Trail building takes a long time and requires the efforts of many dedicated people. If you are interested in helping in this rewarding project, please contact Chairman Gene Hodulik, ehodu@racc2000.com or any committee member: Gary Street, Margie Reh, Jim Valrance, Mac Richardson, Dennis Dombrowski (Mullett Twp), Dale Covy (Munro Twp), Virginia Chenevere, or Paul Janness.


The committee appreciates the efforts of BLPA over the years in helping raise funds and awareness. Donations are needed and welcome, please send to:


            Top of Michigan Trails Council

            Burt Lake Trail (be sure to designate Burt Lake Trail on your check)

            1687 M-119

            Petoskey, MI 49770