An escort is required to cross the Portage Lift Bridge. The City of Houghton Police Department will provide an escort so ATVs/UTVs can cross safely.
Please refer to the map and instructions below to get a police escort across the Portage Lift Bridge.
Arrive at the gate and proceed through RV Park (5mph) to Lakeshore Drive. Continue on Lakeshore Drive (15 mph) until you arrive at the parking lot;
under the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Locate the ATV/UTV escort sign. You will get escorted from this location.
Proceed to the parking area under the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Locate the ATV/UTV escort sign. You will get escorted from this location.
9:15 am 2:15 pm 7:15 pm
Please call the Houghton Police
Department at (906) 487-5912.
No escort available?
In Hancock call (906) 482-3102
In Houghton call (906) 487-5912
Tips for Riders
- Be aware of pedestrian traffic.
- Do not drive on the sidewalk.
- Do not operate your ATV/UTV in downtown Houghton or Hancock.
- You may not operate your ATV/UTV without a valid license.
- There is a minimum of 2 machines per escort.
- If you have to wait for your escort time, there are several shops, bars, restaurants, and other amenities that you may wish to visit that are within walking distance of the ATV/UTV parking areas.
We are providing a service and will make every attempt to keep you as safe as possible; however, you are traveling at your own risk and the cities of Houghton and Hancock assume no liability.
Due to priority emergency calls, there may be times in which the police may not be able to immediately assist you.
- 9:15 am
- 2:15 pm
- 7:15 pm
Police Phone Numbers
Hancock: (906) 482-3102
Houghton: (906) 487-5912