Michigan: Take a Free Ride During Free ORV Weekend Aug. 20-21

An ORV rider explores the trails in Atlanta, Michigan, near Clear Lake State Park. The upcoming Free ORV Weekend Aug. 20-21 offers riders the chance to explore Michigan’s state-designated routes and trails, no permit needed.
An ORV rider explores the trails in Atlanta, Michigan, near Clear Lake State Park. The upcoming Free ORV Weekend Aug. 20-21 offers riders the chance to explore Michigan’s state-designated routes and trails, no permit needed.
Michigan DNR
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan-(Ammoland.com)- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites off-road enthusiasts to enjoy Free ORV Weekend Aug. 20-21. During that weekend, Michigan residents and nonresidents legally can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit. Riders save up to $36.25.

It's a great opportunity to explore trails in the Upper and Lower peninsulas with the kids before they head back to school. It’s also a great time to head to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for a long weekend of scenic vistas, miles of uninterrupted trails, friendly lodging and dining experiences.

This is the second of two Free ORV Weekends of the year. It is an excellent time for ORV enthusiasts to ride Michigan's expansive ORV trail system and find value in purchasing an ORV license and trail permit for the remainder of the year. The fees collected from trail riders are directly reinvested back into the ORV system, including trail expansion, maintenance and infrastructure improvements, law enforcement and offsetting damage created by illegal use.

Michigan’s public ORV trail system covers 3,800 miles of trails and routes throughout the state. Free ORV Weekend also includes the use of the state’s five scramble areas, including St. Helen’s Motorsport Area, Black Lake Scramble Area, Silver Lake State Park, Bull Gap and The Mounds. ORV-related information is available at www.michigan.gov/orvinfo.

During Free ORV Weekends, all ORV rules and laws still apply. Riders should remember that:

  • Operators younger than 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, available online, at DNR Customer Service Centers or anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
 An off-road enthusiast rides the dunes along Lake Michigan's shoreline at Silver Lake State Park in Oceana County. The upcoming Free ORV Weekend Aug. 20-21 offers riders the chance to explore Michigan’s state-designated routes and trails, no permit needed.
An off-road enthusiast rides the dunes along Lake Michigan's shoreline at Silver Lake State Park in Oceana County. The upcoming Free ORV Weekend Aug. 20-21 offers riders the chance to explore Michigan’s state-designated routes and trails, no permit needed.

“Our hope is that ORV enthusiasts will explore the ORV trail system by taking a free ride and ultimately purchase an ORV license and trail permit,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “The revenue generated from the purchase of license and trail permits is reinvested right back into our trails for the use and benefit of resident and visiting riders.”

For more information, contact Rob Katona at 906-228-6561 or [email protected] or Ron Yesney at 906-228-6561 or [email protected]

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