Marleau: Thousands of miles of state trails are free this weekend

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Marleau on Tuesday reminded residents and visitors of this weekend’s free off-road vehicle event statewide.

Michigan’s second Free ORV Weekend of the year will take place this Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19.

“With its rugged beauty and scenic trails, Michigan offers an unparalleled off-road vehicle experience,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “The Free ORV Weekend is a wonderful introduction to this exciting pastime.”

Over the weekend, neither an ORV license nor a trail permit will be required to ride the routes and trails designated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The weekend event includes nearly 3,700 miles of off-road trails and the state’s five scramble areas — St. Helen’s Motorsport Area, Black Lake Scramble Area, Silver Lake State Park, Bull Gap and The Mounds.

Marleau said all other ORV rules and laws still apply and a Recreation Passport is required where applicable.

Throughout the year, fees generated through ORV licenses and trail permits are reinvested into the ORV system. The money helps fund trail expansion, maintenance and infrastructure improvements such as bridge and culvert construction and repair, law enforcement, and the offsetting of damage created by illegal use of the trails.

Find more information, including ORV trail maps and a link to the Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws, at