The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites off-road enthusiasts to enjoy two Free ORV Weekends this year.

For both weekends, Michigan residents and nonresidents can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit. Riders save up to $36.25.

The first Free ORV Weekend is June 11 -12, the second is August 20 - 21.

Michigan’s public ORV trails system covers 3,800 miles of trails and routes throughout the state. Free ORV Weekends also include 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.

During Free ORV Weekends, all ORV rules and laws still apply:

  • Operators under age 16 must have a valid safety training certificate. Michigan accepts 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.

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