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Forest Highway 16

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Federal Forest Highway 16 marker

Federal Forest Highway 16
FFH-16 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ICRC, HCRC, OCRC, and USFS
Length: 50.504 mi[1][a] (81.278 km)
History: Marked on maps in 1983 as "H-16"
Major junctions
South end: CR 436 in Stambaugh Township
  M-28 in Kenton
North end: M-38 near Nisula
Location
Counties: Iron, Houghton, Ontonagon
Highway system

Federal Forest Highways

H-15 H-33

Federal Forest Highway 16 (FFH 16) is a forest highway in the western Upper Peninsula of the US state of Michigan. This road runs through the Ottawa National Forest in Iron, Houghton and Ontonagon counties. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has erroneously marked it as H-16 on their official state map. FFH 16 is designated by the US Forest Service (USFS) with maintenance shared by the county road commissions (ICRC, HCRC, OCRC, respectively). Although the MDOT maps would suggest that it is a part of the County-Designated Highway System (CDH system), it is not. The three counties in question do not participate in the system, and the roadway falls in the middle of the G zone for numbering purposes.

Route description[edit]

FFH 16 starts at an intersection with County Road 436 (CR 436, Smokey Lake Road) near Horseshoe Lake in rural Iron County's Stambaugh Township.[a] The roadway runs north from this location east of Smokey Lake through forest lands that are part of the Ottawa National Forest. Near Golden Lake and the Golden Lake National Forest Campground, FFH 16 and US Highway 2 (US 2) intersect. FFH 16 continues north and curves to the northwest around the end of Golden Lake. The routing of the road provides access to several more lakes in rural Iron County such as Paint, Silk and Hehe lakes, as well as an older routing of US 2, before crossing into southern Houghton County.[2][3]

In Houghton County, FFH 16 and M-28 meet in the Duncan Township community of Kenton. The former roadway turns east and runs concurrently along the latter one for approximately a quarter mile (0.4 km) before turning northward again, leaving town near the cemetery. The forest highway tracks due north until Bob Lake. There the roadway meanders through the area near another National Forest campground and crosses into eastern Ontonagon County. FFH 16 crosses back into Houghton County one last time. Immediately after crossing the county like, the forest highway terminates at an intersection with M-38 west of the community of Nisula.[2][3]

History[edit]

A new county-designated highway appeared on maps for the first time in 1983, H-16; it was marked as running between US 2 and M-28 only.[4] This designation was removed in the 1985 edition of the map.[5] The H-16 label reappeared in 1992; this time it was shown continuing south toward the Wisconsin state line and north to M-38, along the routing of FFH-16.[6] The roadway is part of the Forest Highway System that is funded and administered by the US Forest Service and the Federal Highway Administration;[7] the system was created by the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1921.[8] The highway has never been included in the CDH system as Iron, Houghton and Ontonagon counties do not participate in the system,[3] and the Upper Peninsula east of US 41 is the G zone, not the H zone.[9]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1][a] km Destinations Notes
Iron Stambaugh Township 0.000 0.000 CR 436 (Smokey Lake Road) Smokey Lake Road is the continuation of Highway 17 in Michigan
5.424 8.729 US 2 – Ironwood, Iron River
Houghton Duncan Township 30.074–
30.276
48.399–
48.724
M-28 – Wakefield, Marquette FFH-16 runs concurrently with M-28 in the community of Kenton
Ontonagon
No major junctions
Houghton Laird Township 50.504 81.278 M-38 – Ontonagon, Baraga Northern terminus off the Ontonagon–Houghton county line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The MDOT map shows FFH-16 continuing south along Smokey Lake Road to the state line,[3] but the MDOT Physical Reference Finder Application indicates that FFH-16 terminates at Smokey Lake Road.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Michigan Department of Transportation & Michigan Center for Shared Solutions and Technology Partnerships (2009). MDOT Physical Reference Finder Application (Map). Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Google (July 28, 2010). "Overview Map of FFH 16" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Michigan Department of Transportation (2010). Uniquely Michigan: Official Department of Transportation Map (Map). c. 1:975,000. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. §§ B3–C3. OCLC 42778335, 639960603. 
  4. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (1983). Say Yes to Michigan!: Official Transportation Map (Map). c. 1:918,720. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. §§ B3–C3. OCLC 12701177. 
  5. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (1985). Yes Michigan: Official Transportation Map (Map). c. 1:918,720. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. §§ B3–C3. OCLC 12701177. 
  6. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (1992). Celebrate the Great Lakes, Yes Michigan: Michigan Department of Transportation Map (Map). c. 1:918,720. Lansing: Michigan Department of Transportation. §§ B3–C3. OCLC 42778335, 318947496. 
  7. ^ Office of Federal Lands Highway. "Forest Highways Fact Sheet" (PDF). Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ Office of Federal Lands Highway (December 18, 2009). "Forest Highways". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ "County Primary Road Marking System Okayed". Holland Evening Sentinel. October 5, 1970. p. 6. ISSN 1050-4044. OCLC 49995441. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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