DNR announces Michigan’s Free ORV Weekends

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites residents and out-of-state visitors to ride DNR-designated routes and trails during two Free ORV Weekends, taking place June 10-11 and Aug. 19-20. Off-road enthusiasts will not need to possess an ORV license or trail permit on these dates, saving riders up to $36.25.

This opportunity is a great way for ORV enthusiasts to explore Michigan’s vast system of 3,660 miles of trails and consider purchasing an ORV license or trail permit for the season. Throughout the year, fees generated through ORV licenses and trail permits are reinvested back into the ORV system.

These important dollars help fund trail expansion, maintenance and infrastructure improvements, such as bridge and culvert construction and repair, as well as law enforcement and the offsetting of damage created by illegal use.

“We hope ORV enthusiasts will enjoy their off-road experience during Free ORV Weekend and purchase an ORV license and trail permit for the season,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the trails that help build Michigan’s reputation as the ‘Trails State.'”

In addition, the first Free ORV Weekend also lines up with the Summer Free Fishing Weekend June 10-11, when all fishing license fees will be waived. Residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations still apply.

Free ORV Weekend not only offers access to 3,660 miles of off-road trails, but also includes use of the state’s five scramble areas, including St. Helen’s Motorsport Area, Black Lake Scramble Area, Silver Lake State Park, Bull Gap and The Mounds.

During Free ORV Weekends, all ORV rules and laws still apply. Riders should remember that:

Operators under age 16 must have a valid safety training certificate. Michigan will accept ORV/ATV education certifications that are issued by other states and provinces.

Operators and passengers must wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved crash helmet and protective eyewear.

Riders are encouraged to become familiar with the ORV Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws, available online, at DNR Customer Service Centers or anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

For more information, contact Jessica Holley at 517-331-3790 or Rob Katona at 906-228-6561.

Learn more about ORV trails, maps, permits and other details at www.michigan.gov/orvinfo.

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The Michigan DNR has announced two upcoming Free ORV Weekends – June 10-11 and Aug. 19-20 – offering riders the chance to explore Michigan’s state-designated routes and trails, no license or trail permit needed.