Free ORV Weekend Aug. 19-20, 2017
Residents and out-of-state visitors can 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.
Where to ride
In addition to DNR-designated routes and trails, the weekend also includes the use of the state’s five scramble areas, including St. Helen’s Motorsport Area, Black Lake Scramble Area, Silver Lake, Bull Gap and The Mounds.
Rules and Regulations
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. Dept. of Transportation-approved crash helmet and protective eyewear.
- Riders are encouraged to become familiar with the ORV Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws, at DNR Customer Service Centers or anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
Did you know?
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 law enforcement and the offsetting of damage created by illegal use. Learn more about purchasing a license and permit for the 2017 season.
Free Fishing Weekend
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.
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