2014-06-05 / Outdoors

Ride Michigan ORV trails for free this weekend

LANSING – The Department of Natural Resources recently announced its first-ever Free Off- Road Vehicle Weekend is set for June 7-8. On that weekend, residents and nonresidents may ride an ORV for free; no license or trail permit required. Riders save up to $36.25.

Michigan’s public ORV trails system covers 3,700 miles of trails and routes throughout the state. Free ORV Weekend also includes the use of the state’s five scramble areas: St. Helen’s Motorsport Area, Black Lake Scramble Area, Silver Lake, Bull Gap and The Mounds. Maps of state-designated trails are available on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/orvtrails.

During Free ORV Weekend, all ORV rules and laws still apply.

Free ORV Weekend was signed into law last fall as part of Public Act No. 119 of 2013, which designates one weekend per year to coincide with a Free Fishing Weekend in addition to another one or two consecutive days in each year. The next Free ORV Weekend is scheduled for Sept. 27-28. Learn more about these and other activities across the state at www.michigan.gov/dnrcalendar.

A Recreation Passport is still required for state parks.

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