Free fishing, ORV trail riding this weekend

Daily Press file photo Above, a young girl watches her line at the Gladstone lagoon during a past Free Fishing Weekend.

LANSING — June 12-13, residents and out-of-state visitors can fish, ride Michigan’s off-road trails or visit state parks and state-managed boating access sites – all for free.

Free Fishing Weekend takes place for two days, twice a year. During those days, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premier outdoor activities, Michigan fishing, for free. All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply. This year’s weekend includes a 4-H Youth Virtual Fishing Derby for kids ages 5-19 (no need to be a 4-H member).

Free ORV Weekend also takes place twice a year. Residents and nonresidents legally can ride without buying an ORV license or trail permit during Free ORV Weekends (the second one is set for Aug. 21-22). All other ORV rules and laws still apply. Riders will have access to nearly 3,800 miles of off-road trails and the state’s six scramble areas.

Waived Recreation Passports are also waived this weekend for anyone visiting a state park or boating access site.


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