If you ever wanted to experience Michigan’s off-road riding trails before getting an ORV license and trail permit, or you want to introduce a friend to Michigan’s spectacular trails, now is your chance.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is inviting Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors to ride DNR-designated routes and trails during a “Free ORV Weekend” Aug. 17-18. Riders don’t need an ORV license or trail permit for the weekend. An ORV license is $26.25. An ORV trail permit is another $10.
The department says riders have access to nearly 3,700 miles of off-road trails and the state’s five “scrambles” areas: Silver Lake State Park, St. Helen’s Motorsport Area, Black Lake Scramble Area, Bull Gap and The Mounds.
All other ORV rules and laws still apply, and the Recreation Passport is required at the scramble areas.
For information about Michigan ORV rules, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79148_80313---,00.html. For info about the Recreation Passport, which is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79134_79210---,00.html.
The department says the free ORV weekend is a great opportunity to test Michigan's off-road trails yourself or introduce friends to the ORV trail system and consider buying an ORV license or trail permit for the season.
“Throughout the year, fees generated through ORV licenses and trail permits are reinvested back into the ORV system,” the department says. ”These important dollars help fund trail expansion, maintenance and infrastructure improvements, such as bridge and culvert construction and repair, as well as law enforcement and the offsetting of damage created by illegal use.”
For more information, including where to ride, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79148---,00.html.