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Michigan's Free Activities Weekends
The State of Michigan offers its residents and outstate visitors “free” weekends to fish, ORV, or snowmobile each year.
Free Snowmobiling Weekend
February 11th-12th, 2023
This weekend allows snowmobilers to operate their machines without a snowmobile registration or trail permit. Operators must still follow all rules and regulations over snowmobiling in Michigan.
The state instituted this event to allow snowmobilers to hit the trails quickly and to allow out-of-state visitors to check out the huge variety of trails that Michigan has to offer.
Free Fishing Weekends
February 18th-19th, 2023
June 10th-11th, 2023
For both days, all fishing licenses will be waived, but fishing regulations still apply. Enjoy great fishing on inland lakes and all five Great Lakes. Some of the best fishing is right here in West Michigan, with salmon, trout, walleye, and pike in plentiful supply.
Whether you’re an experienced angler, or want to give it a try for the first time, these two weekends offer the opportunity for great fishing fun.
Looking to rent a boat for the free fishing weekend in June? Check out our West Michigan Boating & Fishing Directory!
Free ORV Weekends
June 10th-11th, 2023
August 19th-20th, 2023
Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit. The first free weekend coincides with Michigan’s June Free Fishing Weekend.
There are 4,000 miles of state-designated ORV routes and trails and the state’s six scramble areas (Bull Gap, Black Lake Scramble Area, Holly Oaks ORV Park, Silver Lake State Park, The Mounds and St. Helen’s Motorsport Area). Participants must adhere to all other ORV rules and laws, and the Recreation Passport is still required where applicable.
Current Events in West Michigan
Activities & Attractions in West Michigan
Dune Rides in your ATV or ORV are popular at Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan, but many rules and regulations apply.
Take a tour on the Historic S.S. City of Milwaukee car ferry and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Acacia docked in Manistee, Michigan.
Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in Manistee County. A long winding road of adventure awaits!
Ludington has many businesses to help you enjoy crafting and appreciate the finished product. Let them help you create your own masterpiece!
Before you make a splash in Lake Michigan, check out the water temperatures for beaches from Manistee, Ludington, Pentwater, and Silver Lake.
Winter in Manistee County includes great outdoor activities like skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice skating, and more.
Get some fresh air and exercise during those cold winter months when you hit the Pentwater Pathway for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
West Michigan boasts numerous museums to learn about the area’s rich history and to expand knowledge through activities and exhibits.
The Pere Marquette River area is rich with wildlife, offering great outdoors hunting and fishing opportunities.
A site to behold along Lake Michigan, these structures with a rich history give both a sense of safety and a beautiful site.