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

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall 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.

“If you’re looking for adventure, the Free ORV Weekend is your perfect opportunity,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “You can test Michigan’s superb off-road trails and consider purchasing an ORV license or season permit.”

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.

Kowall 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 www.michigan.gov/orvinfo.