A good weekend on tap in the Upper Peninsula

This is shaping up to be a pretty great weekend in the Upper Peninsula.

The weather sounds just about right, with lots of sun and highs in the 70s. Sure it could be a little warmer, but temperate days and cool nights make for ideal conditions to cruise around the lake or kayak down a river, spend time outdoors and then end up around a fire at night.

And that lovely forecast comes as Michigan offers a “Three Free” weekend — residents and out-of-state visitors alike can fish or ride off-road trails without a license this weekend or spend time in any of the state’s 103 parks without paying fees.

It provides “the perfect opportunity to give a new sport or hobby a try, or introduce friends to an outdoor activity you love,” said Bill O’Neill, natural resources deputy director for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Michigan has two such weekends in a summer; the second will be Aug. 18-19. So it will be at least a couple months before the state again makes available such an opportunity to enjoy a wide array of outdoor activities for free.

But that’s not all the fun available in the area for the weekend: the second annual Brew Fest will be 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the area across from the Dickinson County Library in downtown Iron Mountain.

The event will feature live music, food and 52 craft beers from a dozen breweries. But attendance is capped at 500, so get your tickets online today, when it’s $5 cheaper, or risk being shut out at the gate.

Whatever you choose to do, take advantage of what’s available this weekend to fully enjoy June in the Upper Peninsula.

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