‘Three Free’ weekend today, Sunday in Michigan

IRON MOUNTAIN — Enjoy free fishing, off-roading and state park entry during Michigan’s “Three Free” weekend today and Sunday.

Residents and out-of-state visitors can grab a fishing pole, ride the off-road trails and visit state parks, all free of charge.

These two days include:

— Free fishing. Twice a year (once in the summer, once in the winter), residents and nonresidents can enjoy Free Fishing Weekends and fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations do apply.

To get more details, go to Michigan.gov/FreeFishing.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources also has a Family Friendly Fishing Waters map showing family-friendly fishing locations across the state that are easy to access and have a high liklihood of catching fish. For more information, go to https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79146_81198_81199—,00.html.

— Free state park entry. To encourage people to pursue free fishing and other outdoor fun within state parks, the DNR waives the regular Recreation Passport entry fee that grants vehicle access to Michigan’s 103 state parks.

The DNR has closed or modified public access to many locations, activities and services to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, while most public land is currently open for local day use, state park campgrounds are currently closed.

— Riding ORV trails for free. During two Free ORV Weekends each year (the second one this year is set for Aug. 15-16), Michigan residents and nonresidents legally can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.

Go to Michigan.gov/ORVinfo for the latest ORV trail, safety and closure information.


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