Residents and out-of-state visitors are invited to ride DNR-designated routes and trails during two Free ORV Weekends, taking place June 9-10 and Aug. 18-19, 2018. During these weekends, riders will not not need to possess an ORV license or trail permit.

Riders will have access to nearly 3,700 miles of off-road trails and the state’s five scramble areas (St. Helen’s Motorsport Area, Black Lake Scramble Area, Silver Lake State Park, Bull Gap and The Mounds).

Please keep in mind:

  • All other ORV rules and laws still apply, and the Recreation Passport is required where applicable (ie. scramble areas).
  • 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.

Free ORV Weekends are a great opportunity to test Michigan's off-road trails yourself or introduce friends to the ORV trail system, 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.

In addition, the first Free ORV Weekend (June 9-10) also lines up with Summer Free Fishing Weekend, when all fishing license fees will be waived.