From the DNR
"OK, thank you. That would have been a West MI dog club. I’ll talk with them and make sure they change the way they handle things. "
"They know better than to tell someone they can’t go in. They get upset when the gates are left open by bikers or hikers because that allows a point for their dogs to get out on the road and possibly be run over. They’ve even tried to lock the gates during trials but as soon as I caught wind of that it was put to a quick end. They are supposed to explain if there is a dog running and ask for someone to wait until the dog has cleared the area (just so the dog doesn’t get distracted). But they know they do not have any right to keep someone from using the trails or going through the gates."
So bottom line is there are multiple user groups in the park, and if they communicate properly their intentions, all is well.
Thanks for handling it courteously Steve. As always you're a great MTB ambassador.
Ionia State Recreation Area Trail Coordinator
"They say that the journey can be more important than the destination. In Mountain biking there is no destination. Just the bike. The rider. And a place to ride." - Roam