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Free ORV Weekend

ORVs riding a unpaved road with fall colors

Free ORV Weekend

Hit the trails yourself or introduce friends to off-road riding! The two Free ORV Weekends will take place June 10-11 and Aug. 19-20, 2023. Twice a year, residents and out-of-state visitors legally can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit. You can access 4,000 miles of state-designated ORV routes and trails and the state's six scramble areas (Bull Gap, Black Lake Scramble Area, Holly Oaks ORV Park, Silver Lake State Park, The Mounds and St. Helen’s Motorsport Area). All other ORV rules and laws still apply, and the Recreation Passport is required where applicable.

Typically, there is an entrance fee at Holly Oaks ORV Park (although no Recreation Passport requirement), but the fee will be waived both weekends this year.

Three Free Weekend

The first Free ORV Weekend (June 10-11, 2023) of the summer also lines up with Summer Free Fishing Weekend, when fishing licenses and the Recreation Passport requirement are waived. Don't miss "Three Free" weekend - two full days when Michigan residents and visitors can grab a fishing pole, ride the off-road trails and visit state parks and boating access site - all free of charge.


For more information, contact Jessica Holley-Roehrs at 517-331-3790 or

Consider purchasing an ORV license or trail permit for the season. Fees generated through the sale of 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. The cost is $26.25 for an ORV license and $10 for a trail permit for a total of $36.25.