Free fishing, off-roading and state park entry weekend upcoming

Photo of Angela Mulka
Black Mountain Recreation Area

Black Mountain Recreation Area

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Hoeft State Park Photos made by Tyler Leipprandt while under contract with the MI DNR. Credit goes to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Hoeft State Park Photos made by Tyler Leipprandt while under contract with the MI DNR. Credit goes to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Tyler Leipprandt/MI Dept. of Natural Resources
On June 11 and 12, residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy two full days of outdoor fun for free.

People can take advantage of the free services being offered next weekend by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The department announced its "three free" weekend in a press release on Thursday, explaining on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, residents and out-of-state visitors can grab a fishing rod, ride the off-road trails and visit state parks and boating access sites all free of charge.

"We have three big reasons for you to enjoy some of Michigan’s best outdoor recreation opportunities," DNR Director Dan Eichinger said in the release. "Whether you're already an avid outdoors person or someone just beginning to explore all the options, our 'Three Free' Weekend makes it easy to discover a new hobby, visit a new park or introduce friends to an outdoor experience you love."

The two days include:

  • Free fishing: Fish for all in-season species, all weekend long and without a license. All other fishing regulations apply. To get more details or find a local event, visit Michigan.gov/FreeFishing.
  • Free ORV riding: Legally ride 4,000 miles of designated routes and trails and the state's six scramble areas without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit. Visit Michigan.gov/ORVinfo for the latest ORV trail, safety and closure information.
  • Free state park entry: To encourage people to pursue free fishing and other outdoor fun, the DNR waives the regular recreation passport entry fee that grants vehicle access to Michigan's 103 state parks, 1,300 state-managed boating access sites and many other outdoor spaces. Learn more at Michigan.gov/RecreationPassport.
Free fishing and ORV weekends take place on back-to-back days twice a year, but the "three free" weekend happens only in June, according to the department.

Free fishing and ORV weekends take place on back-to-back days twice a year, but the "three free" weekend happens only in June, according to the department.

Kevin Roberts/MI Dept. of Natural Resources

For the best outdoor experiences, the DNR is also urging everyone to put safety first when enjoying the woods, water and trails. Helpful safety tips for ORV, boating, beach, fire and other topics are available at Michigan.gov/DNREducation in the safety information section.

Boaters can help prevent the spread of invasive species by removing mud and debris from all surfaces, draining water from all bilges, wells and tanks and drying all equipment.