Michigan’s DNR Three Free Weekend, June 12-13

Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can fish, ride Michigan’s off-road trails or visit state parks and state-managed boating access sites – all for free during Three Free Weekend June 12-13.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Lansing, MI — June 5, 2021

Next Saturday and Sunday is a “Three Free” weekend sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Get outside and enjoy fishing, ride off-road trails, and visit State Parks all for FREE.


Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premiere outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE! No License Required. The Free Fishing Weekend dates for summer are: June 12 & 13 and winter 2022 February 19 & 20.

All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. A Recreation Passport will NOT be required for entry into state parks and boating access sites during Free Fishing Weekend. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.

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Looking for a youth virtual event? Register for the 4-H virtual derby on Free Fishing Weekend, June 12-13, 2021. Youth will be able to complete virtual fishing challenges and submit entries through the Goosechase app and will be awarded points for each mission that is completed. Top participants will be eligible for prizes or certificates. Youth participants (ages 5-19) do not need to be 4-H members. For more information and to register, visit 4-H Youth Virtual Fishing Derby. Registration is currently open.


During Free ORV Weekend, Michigan residents and visitors legally can ride without buying an ORV license or trail permit. All other ORV rules and laws still apply. For more information about Free ORV Weekends, visit Michigan.gov/ORVInfo.

Riders will have access to nearly 3,800 miles of off-road trails and the state’s six scramble areas (Bull Gap, Black Lake Scramble Area, Holly Oaks ORV Park, The Mounds, Silver Lake State Park, St. Helen’s Motorsport Area). *There is an additional entrance fee at Holly Oaks ORV Park.

Michigan Off-Roading / Laasco Press Photo

Recreation Passport

Michigan’s Recreation Passport is your key to:

  • Visiting more than 100 state parks and recreation areas.
  • DNR boating access sites (or boat launches).
  • Parking for rustic forest campgrounds and hundreds of miles of trails.
  • Attending free family outdoor events and classes.
  • Protecting our natural resources for the next generation.


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