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Free Snowmobiling Weekend

Snowmobilers riding over a trail bridge

Free Snowmobiling Weekend

Ignite (or reignite) your love of winter trail riding Feb. 9-11, 2024 with a full weekend of free snowmobiling! Each year, you legally can ride without the requirement of a snowmobile registration or trail permit.

  • Residents and out-of-state visitors legally can ride more than 6,000 miles of DNR-designated snowmobile trails, public roads and public lands (where authorized).
  • The snowmobile trail permit and registration requirement is waived.
  • All other snowmobile rules and regulations still apply.
  • The Recreation Passport is required where applicable.

The Michigan Legislature approved bills to create an opportunity for experienced riders to bring along friends new to the sport who may get hooked on the experience for a lifetime.

Michigan also offers Free ORV and Free Fishing weekends each year.


For more information, contact Ron Yesney at 906-228-6561 or

All snowmobile operators who are 12 to 16 years of age are required to take a Michigan-approved snowmobile safety course and obtain a snowmobile safety certificate. We encourage all riders to take a snowmobile safety course.

Consider purchasing a trail permit or registering your sled for the season! Michigan's snowmobile program is 100% funded by trail permit and registration dollars – dollars that are directly reinvested into the program for the benefit of snowmobilers. The important funds help pay for grooming, signage, maintenance, bridge and culvert construction, purchase of new equipment, liability insurance; maintenance of trailhead amenities (signage, bathrooms, plowing of parking lots) and other snowmobile-related expenditures.