Pavlov: ORV enthusiasts also enjoy a free weekend

LANSING, Mich. — Following up on Friday’s announcement encouraging anglers to take advantage of free fishing this weekend, state Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, said on Wednesday that June 13 and 14 also mean free fun for off road vehicle (ORV) enthusiasts.

“Michigan offers two ‘Free ORV Weekends’ this year: June 13 and 14 and Aug. 22 and 23,” said Pavlov, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. “This means more great opportunities to enjoy Pure Michigan for those who enjoy our trails. This weekend, they can get off road, travel to premier fishing designations and catch some fine fish — all for free.”

During the Free ORV Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is waiving the requirement to have an ORV license or trail permit to ride an ORV on DNR-designated routes and trails or on public roads open to ORV riding.

Pavlov said ORV riders can explore more than 3,700 miles of designated ORV trails. All other ORV laws still apply. ORV trail maps are available at

June 13 and 14 also mark Michigan’s Summer Free Fishing Weekend, in which the DNR waives all fishing license fees so participants may fish both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish at no charge.

For more information on the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit