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Enjoy Free Fishing Weekend!

Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy one of Michigan’s premier outdoor activities, Michigan Fishing, for FREE!

Free Fishing Weekend dates for 2023 are: Feb. 18 and 19 and June 10 and 11. All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.

Recreation Passport will NOT be required for entry into state parks and boating access sites during Free Fishing Weekends. 

Check out a fishing program at a state park

Three Free Weekend

Free Fishing Weekend on June 10 and 11, 2023 is held in conjunction with “Three Free” weekend, where residents and nonresidents can grab a fishing rod, ride the off-road trails and visit state parks and boating access sites – all free of charge. During Free ORV Weekend, Michigan residents and visitors legally can ride without buying an ORV license or trail permit. All other ORV rules and laws still apply. For more information about Free ORV Weekends, visit

2023 Free Fishing Weekend dates:

Winter: Feb. 18 and 19, 2023
Summer: June 10 and 11, 2023

Want to know when future Free Fishing Weekends will be? The winter weekend is always the Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day weekend and the summer weekend is always the Saturday and Sunday following the first full week of June.


2023 Free ORV Weekends: Mark your calendars for June 10-11 and Aug. 19-20, 2023. Twice a year, residents and out-of-state visitors legally can ride DNR-designated routes and trails without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.



From The MI-TRALE Membership Committee:

MI-TRALE’s Membership Committee has begun our annual membership drive.  Membership applications for 2023 have been sent to the list of our 2022 supporting members via post mail.  Applications will be available in the Annual Newsletter and can also be found here on the MI-TRALE Web Page  We have already received some quick replies and have started the list of members for next year.  Your support is very important and very appreciated.  You help to cover administrative and trail maintenance costs, and equipment needed to maintain nearly 600 miles of various types of trails. Feel free to share sources for the Membership Application with your friends and business that would like to support the trails.  New members will receive a package to show our thanks: the attractive 2023 decal that you can use to proudly display your support, your membership card and a free MI-TRALE paper trail map. You can also find MI-TRALE’s popular “map app” Michigan UP Trails in “Google Play” or  the “APP Store.” All of MI-TRALE’s members are notified via email of our monthly meetings, which are open to the public and very informative.  You can also consider how else you might become involved to help keep this vital trail group going for future generations of trail enthusiasts. Visit ( for this information and more.  Feel free to contact us if you need more information. Thank you for your interest and support of the recreational trails available in the beautiful Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We could not do this without you!


Keep it safe, ORV riders

A person riding a dirt bike drives down a sandy slope; in the foreground, a road sign indicating a twisting path is slightly blurred.A friendly reminder to off-road vehicle operators to keep it safe while riding this holiday weekend and into the colder seasons.“Conservation officers see an increase in riders during holidays and on the weekends. Please keep the extra traffic in mind when you’re taking a turn and going over a hill,” said the DNR’s Cpl. Mike Hearn. “ORV accidents often happen when people get caught up in the moment of riding and keep increasing their speed, aren’t familiar with the terrain or their machines capabilities, or take a turn, hill or jump too fast without knowing what’s on the other side.”Speed and rider inexperience are the primary contributing factors for ORV accidents, serious injuries and death. Make sure to Ride Right and keep these tips in mind:Ride on the right side of the trail.Keep lights on when riding.Always wear a helmet.Ride sober.Understand and operate within the limits of your ORV and your own capabilities and experience.For more ORV safety and trail etiquette information, go to Find places to ride, rules and regulations, ORV events and more at Questions? Email Cpl. Mike Hearn.


Get your MI-TRALE Route Maps from our sponsor local businesses or at

Ottawa National Forest -Planning on exploring the Forest on your OHV? Be sure to stop by any of the National Forest Offices and pick up your free Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). Motor Vehicle Use Maps show the designated roads, trails, and areas for motorized use. Know before you go!


Partial Route Closure – NR Route ( Norwich Rd.) from the SB Route to P Route closed due to a road washout located about 2 miles south of the Ontonagon River. Please use the P Route in Bergland or the G Route in Trout Creek to go north. We will update when info from the county is available


The U.S. Forest Service, Ottawa National Forest announces road maintenance on Forest Roads (FR) 400 and FR 630 on the Ontonagon Ranger District, northeast of Bergland, Michigan.Beginning Monday, June 20, 2022, the Ontonagon County Road Commission will be performing work on FR 400 and FR 630 to install ditching, culverts, gravel and other associated road re-conditioning work. Work is being done through an agreement between the Ontonagon County Road Commission and the Forest Service. Work is expected to begin on FR 630 and will continue over 3 to 4 weeks until completed. The road may be closed during construction, but will be open and accessible at the end of each day. Travelers can expect some disruptions as culverts are being replaced. Please plan accordingly.Please remember to use caution when traveling on forest roadways, adhere to speed limits, and directional signage. To receive updated information on road conditions, please call your local Forest Service office.

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May 2022 – MI-TRALE as posted earlier has been holding youth DNR ATV safety classes with our DNR registered trainer at various local schools in April and early May. To go along with that training MI-TRALE puts a hands -on training for those students-Camp Nesbit. YOUR CLUB DOLLARS and VOLUNTEERS AT WORK!! Thanks to the club trainer, Jim Fooce, the support volunteers, and the local business who donated additional necessary equipment such as ATV’s, Helmets, Goggles, etc. this event could not happen. We are one of the few Michigan clubs that provided this service to its students. MI-TRALE has use of Camp Nesbit located in the Ottawa National Forest to hold this event. These students are the future of our Sport and Trails.

Check the Club Calendar and volunteer your time to support these club events. You wont regret seeing the smiles and joy in the leaders of tomorrow.

Special Thanks to Headwaters Polaris, Pat’s Motorsports and 906 Sports for their generous donations!


Whether you want to wind through the woods Of Ontonagon, Iron, Houghton and Gogebic Counties, or go the distance anywhere in Michigan, or just share the outdoors with friends and family, it’s time to set your sights on 365 days of off-road adventure. ORV license and trail permits are valid for one year, which begins April 1 and ends March 31 of the following year. You can get your Permit sticker here:

ATV/UTV Permit link