Free fishing, off-roading and state park entry - enjoy it all during Michigan's 'Three Free' weekend June 12-13

Contact: Jessica Holley (ORV), 517-331-3790; Sierra Medrano (fishing), 517-230-8788; or Ron Olson (state parks/Recreation Passport), 517-243-1477
Agency: Natural Resources

June 7, 2021

a woman with long dark hair, wearing a red plaid jacket, helps a young boy wearing a baseball cap hold a fishing pole out over a grassy, rocky ridge
The Department of Natural Resources has three big reasons for you to get outdoors Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13. Michigan's "Three Free" weekend - two full days when residents and out-of-state visitors can grab a fishing rod, ride the off-road trails and visit state parks - is back and all free of charge.

"Michigan is home to some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities and most beautiful natural spaces you'll find anywhere," said DNR Director Dan Eichinger. "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."

These two days include:

  • Free Fishing Weekend. Residents and nonresidents can enjoy two days of free fishing without a license. All other fishing regulations apply. To get more details or find a local event, visit
  • Free ORV Weekend. Michigan residents and nonresidents legally can ride 3,800 miles of designated routes and trails and the state's six scramble areas without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit. Visit for the latest ORV trail, safety and closure information.
  • Free Recreation Passport. 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 and 1,300 state-managed boating access sites. Visit to learn more about all the Passport provides.

Free Fishing and Free ORV weekends take place twice a year on back-to-back days.

Protect yourself and the outdoors

view of a single-file row of off-road vehicles, driven by people wearing helmets, heading away from the camera, on a tree-lined trailFor the best outdoor experiences, the DNR urges everyone to put safety first when they're enjoying Michigan's woods, water and trails. Helpful safety tips - for ORV, boating, beach, fire and other topics - are available at in the Safety Information section. The DNR also encourages anglers to review fishing safety tips and other helpful information at

Additionally, the DNR encourages people to recreate responsibly. Before you head out on the trails or water, visit our Do Your Part website to learn more about how you can stay safe and protect the health and beauty of our great state.

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  • Fishing fun: Introducing youngsters to the thrill of fishing is a big part of this longtime Michigan tradition.
  • ORV riding: Off-roading on the state's 3,800-plus miles of designated trails, not to mention five scramble areas, draws ORV enthusiasts from all over Michigan.
  • Beach, boating at Interlochen State Park: During "Three Free" weekend June 12-13, the DNR is waiving the Recreation Passport requirement for vehicle entry to the state's more than 100 state parks; it's a great opportunity to enjoy beaches, take advantage of boating access sites, cast a fishing line and much more.
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