Free ORV Weekends: August 20-21

Contact: Maia Turek, 989-225-8573 or Rob Katona, 906-228-6561

Michigan DNR announces Free ORV Weekends June 11-12 and Aug. 20-21

orv_originalThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites off-road enthusiasts to enjoy two Free ORV Weekends this summer. During these weekends, Michigan residents and nonresidents can legally ride DNR-designated routes and trails, including Silver Lake State Park, without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.

ORV riders can explore more than 3,800 miles of designated ORV trails. All rules found in the ORV Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws apply. ORV trail maps are available at

Outdoor enthusiasts can plan their ORV trips and take advantage of Michigan’s best travel deals during the following weekends: 

  • The first Free ORV Weekend will take place June 11-12 and will offer the best vacation value for outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to fees being waived for ORV trail licenses and permits, the year’s second Free Fishing Weekend will take place, and the Recreation Passport will not be required at any state park or recreation area during that weekend.
  • The second Free ORV Weekend is set for Aug. 20-21. Get a little trail time in with the kids before they head back to school. It is also an excellent time to head to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for a long weekend of scenic vistas, miles of uninterrupted trails, friendly lodging and dining experiences. A Recreation Passport will be required for entry to state parks and recreation areas this weekend.

For more information, contact Maia Turek at or 989-225-8573 or Rob Katona at or 906-228-6561. 

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Learn more about how the Recreation Passport gains you access to any Michigan state park, fee-based boat launch, state forest campground or nonmotorized state trailhead parking at The Recreation Passport will not be required during the June 11-12 Free ORV Weekend.

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Michigan’s Free ORV Weekends, June 11-12 and Aug. 20-21, allow ORV riders to explore more than 3,800 miles of designated ORV trails./