Michigan already offers Free ORV and Free Fishing weekends each year - and coming up soon a new Free Snowmobile weekend!

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Michigan DNR Announces Free Snowmobiling Weekend

Next month, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will debut its free snowmobiling weekend. Snowmobilers will be able to operate their machines over a two-day period needing a snowmobile registration or trail permit.

The dates for the free snowmobiling weekend are Feb. 11-12, 2023.

Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division says,

Free Snowmobiling Weekend is a great opportunity for those that haven’t dusted off their snowmobiles to jump on the trails. It’s also a great time for out-of-state visitors to come explore thousands of miles of trails found in the Upper and Lower peninsulas.

While the requirement of a license, registration or trail permit is suspended, operators must still adhere to all regulations and rules governing these activities.

man speeding on a snowmobile

Michigan's more than 6,000 miles of State-designated snowmobiling trails are open Dec. 1-March 31 and trail grooming occurs when there is enough snow on the ground. The snowmobile program is 100% funded with trail permit dollars.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including trail maps, visit Michigan.gov/Snowmobiling.

When are Michigan's Free ORV and Free Fishing Weekends?

Michigan's Free Fishing Weekend dates for 2023 are: Feb. 18 and 19 and June 10 and 11. All fishing license fees will be waived for two days.

The two Free ORV Weekends will take place June 10-11 and Aug. 19-20, 2023. Residents and out-of-state visitors legally can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.

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