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Free ORV Weekend

ORVs riding a unpaved road with fall colors

Free ORV Weekend

Taking place twice a year, Free ORV Weekend is a great time to see, experience and test out Michigan’s off-road vehicle trails. Residents and out-of-state visitors legally can ride Michigan's 4,000 miles of off-road vehicle trails and routes and the state’s six scramble areas on two back-to-back days without an ORV license or trail permit.

This year's free weekends take place June 8-9 and Aug. 17-18, 2024.

  • All other ORV rules and laws still apply.
  • You must supply your own ORV.
  • Typically, there is an entrance fee at Holly Oaks ORV Park (although no Recreation Passport required), but the fee will is waived this year.

Michigan also offers a Free Snowmobile Weekend each year.

Three Free Weekend

The first Free ORV Weekend (June 8-9, 2024) also lines up with Summer Free Fishing Weekend, when fishing licenses and the Recreation Passport requirement are waived. That means 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.

Like what you see?

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 funds help pay for trail brushing, signage, maintenance, bridge and culvert construction, maintenance of trailhead amenities and other expenditures.


For more information, contact Ron Yesney 906-228-6551 or