Michigan DNR Offering Free ORV Weekend

Michigan Off-Road-Vehicle riders can experience the fun and excitement of exploring DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit this weekend August 21-22

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Lansing, MI — August 8, 2021

Off-roaders, get ready! The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is hosting its second and final Free ORV Weekend of the year, Aug. 21-22.

During the weekend Michigan residents and visitors legally can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit. All ORV rules and laws still apply.

“Free ORV Weekend is a great opportunity for riders to explore off-road trails and routes in the Upper and Lower peninsulas,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “It’s also the perfect time to test riding out for yourself or introduce friends and family to the sport.”

ATV trail riding / Photo Courtesy of Michigan DNR

Free ORV Weekend includes the state’s 4,000 miles of off-road trails and the state’s six scramble areas, including Black Lake, Bull Gap, Holly Oaks ORV Park, The Mounds Scramble Area, Silver Lake ORV Area, and St. Helen’s Motorsport Area. The Recreation Passport and other applicable vehicle entry fees still apply.

Holly Oaks ORV Area / Photo Credit: Diana Casetti

Olson said that the concept behind free weekends is to give a chance to those who might be thinking about purchasing equipment or dusting off their ORV. The hope is that riders will have a great time and consider purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.

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.

For more information, contact Jessica Holley Roehrs, DNR statewide motorized trails specialist, at 517-331-3790 or HolleyJ1@Michigan.gov or visit Michigan.gov/ORVInfo.