Office of the Iron County Sheriff
Road  Patrol  (906) 875-0650

Road Patrol

Iron County takes on the responsibility to serve the community through road patrol services.  In 2013 the Iron County Sheriff Office responded to 2993 calls for service. 

The Secondary Road Patrol and Traffic Accident Prevention Program is created by Public Act 416 of 1978. It is often referred to as the SRP or 416 Program. This is a state funded grant program, with a county match, which provides the Iron County Sheriff’s Office with funding for patrol of county and local roads outside the corporate limits of cities and villages. The program has the legislated primary responsibility of traffic enforcement and traffic accident prevention.

Services to be provided include:

  • Patrolling and monitoring traffic violations.
  • Enforcing the criminal laws of the State of Michigan, violations of which are observed by or brought to the attention of the Sheriff’s Office while providing the service required by the Act.
  • Investigating accidents involving motor vehicles.
  • Providing emergency assistance to persons on or near a highway or road patrolled as required by this Act.

The sheriff can provide these services on secondary roads within a city or village if the legislative body of the local government passes a resolution requesting the services.

The Summer Park Patrol Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service of the Ottawa National Forest. The Sheriff’s Office provides deputies to patrol the Ottawa National Forest developed recreation areas (campgrounds, picnic areas, and boat landings) that are within Iron County. The patrols are conducted from Memorial Day weekend until the end of September.

Off Road Vehicle Patrol (ORV)

Iron County has an official designated Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail. It is 21 miles long. This designation allows Iron County to be eligible for state grant funding and authorizes the Sheriff’s Office the authority and responsibility to enforce provisions of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Part 811 of Act 451 of 1994, as amended.

With state funding, Iron County was able to obtain a 4-wheeler and the ability to utilize deputies to patrol the ORV Trail. Also, Iron County has received funding for the proper marking of the ORV Trail as well as monies to enter into contracts to repair various areas of the trail. This has involved bridge replacement as well as washouts caused by beaver and erosion.

Iron County also has an Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Ordinance (Ordinance 2001-01).

Snowmobile Patrol

The Iron County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the City of Crystal Falls, patrol the snowmobile trails in Iron County and enforce the laws under Part 821 of Act 451 of 1994, as amended.

Iron County has 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. This allows us to be grant eligible for a full state grant. Meaning no county match is required. However, the trail must provide ingress/egress routes for snowmobiles to access businesses.

State grant funding has provided Iron County with two snowmobiles, a trailer, and provides funding for patrol manpower.

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