A great time to enjoy the great outdoors in Michigan is coming up soon! Make some memories at Michigan state parks, trails, and boating access sites.

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This Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, it's Michigan's "Three Free" Weekend, where you can fish, ride off-road trails, and visit state parks, all free of charge.

The "Three Free" Weekend includes

  • Free fishing - Fish for all in season species all weekend long without a license. All other fishing regulations still apply.
  • Free state park entry - To encourage people to pursue 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, 1,000-plus state-managed boating access sites, and many other outdoor spaces.
  • Riding ORV trails for free - June 8 and 9 you can legally ride 4,000 miles of state-designated routes and trails and the state's six scramble areas without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.

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The "Three Free" Weekend happens only in June. The next Free Fishing Weekend will be in February 2025.

In terms of another Free ORV Weekend, that will be August 17-18, 2024.

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Looking for some beaches to hit up this weekend? These have been voted Michigan's Top Ten Beaches of 2024:

Michigan's Best Beaches 2024

Twenty beaches were in the running for "Best Michigan Beach" in a USA Today and 10best readers' poll. These glorious Michigan locations were chosen by a panel of experts and then it was put up to a public vote. check out the Top Ten Beaches in Michigan and then the ones that did not make the cut after that.

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