Michigan waives off-road vehicle trail fees this weekend

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LANSING, MI (AP) -- Off-road vehicle enthusiasts can explore Michigan's 3,700 miles of trails and five "scramble" areas that are open to them for no charge this weekend.

This is open to residents and out-of-state visitors, and all rules pertaining to ORVs still apply, however, riders on designated routes and trails will not need an ORV license or trail permit Saturday and Sunday.

Ron Olson of the Department of Natural Resources' Parks and Recreation Division says it's the perfect opportunity to get a look at Michigan's off-road riding areas.

"Free ORV Weekends are a great opportunity to test Michigan's off-road trails yourself or introduce friends to the ORV trail system, and consider purchasing an ORV license or trail permit for the season."

A Recreation Passport is required where applicable, such as the scramble areas.

They include the St. Helen's Motorsport Area in Roscommon County; the Black Lake Scramble Area in Cheboygan County; Silver Lake State Park in Oceana County; Bull Gap in Oscoda County and The Mounds in Genesee County.

For more information, contact Rob Katona at 906-228-6561 or katonar@michigan.gov or Jessica Holley at 517-331-3790 or holleyj1@michigan.gov.

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