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 call 906-482-2121 from the intersection of Trail #3 and Canal Road. Arriving early to the escort rally point will assure the maximum number can be escorted. Officers will ask you to sign a waiver prior to starting the escort. The officers will open the gate and allow you to go through the RV Park. You must keep your speed under 15 miles per hour and proceed under the bridge to the intersection of Quincy Street and Shelden Avenue. Officers will then activate their lights and stop traffic on the north (right) lane of Shelden Avenue to allow the ATVs/UTVs to enter the road. The patrol car will then fall in behind the ATVs/UTVs. Staying in the right lane, the group will take the first right off of the bridge and proceed toward Ripley to the Houghton County Marina entrance where the escort will end. For larger ATV/UTV groups, officers may get assistance from the Hancock Police Department.
ATV Escort Times
Officers will provide ATV/UTV escorts seven days a week, provided they are not on a call, at these times:
- 9:15 a.m.
- 1:15 p.m.
- 6:15 p.m