Free Michigan ORV Weekends in June, August

During two Free ORV Weekends (June 9-10 and Aug. 18-19), residents and out-of-state visitors will get to explore the state’s trails system without an ORV license or permit.

These two weekends are the perfect chance to test Michigan’s 3,700 miles of state-designated ORV routes and trails yourself, introduce friends to the thrill of the ride, and consider purchasing an ORV license or trail permit for the season. Riders also will have access to five scramble areas.

Revenue generated through the sale of ORV licenses and trail permits is reinvested back into the ORV system throughout the year. These important dollars help pay for trail expansion and maintenance and infrastructure improvements.

To help kick off the summer season, the first Free ORV Weekend (June 9-10) is aligned with Summer Free Fishing Weekend, when all fishing license fees are waived. The DNR will make that June weekend even more inviting, by waiving the regular Recreation Passport requirement for vehicle access to Michigan’s 103 state parks.

During Free ORV Weekends, remember that although riders won’t need to possess an ORV license or trail permit, all ORV rules and laws still apply. Learn more at