Free Fishing & ATV Weekend

Explore Iron County Michigan Lakes, Rivers & Trails!

Did you know you can explore over 200 lakes, 900 miles of rivers, and 100 miles of trails in Iron County Michigan FOR FREE?!!  We have 2 free weekends for fishing and 2 free ORV weekends!

  • Free fishing: February 19-20 and June 11-12, 2022
  • Free ORV: TBD

ORV/ATV: Free ORV Weekends for 2022 are TBD.  Riders have access to ALL of Michigan's 4,000 miles of off-road trails! All other ORV rules and laws still apply, and the Recreation Passport is required where applicable so check out more information on Michigan’s free ORV.  NOTE: the Recreation Passport entry fee is being waived (you can enter all state parks and boating access sites for free).  Be sure to pack your fishing pole, it’s Free Fishing Weekend too!

The Best U.P. Fishing

Fishing: All fishing license fees will be waived February 19-20 and June 11-12, 2022!  Fish Iron County and access over 200 lakes, 900 miles of rivers, and run into only #OneStopLight  See Michigan’s DNR free fishing weekend for complete details.  And, don’t forget it’s free ORV/ATV weekend June 13th & 14th too!

Michigan has celebrated the Summer Free Fishing Weekend annually since 1986 as a way to highlight the state’s vast water resources and high-quality fisheries. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, fishing and Michigan go hand in hand. “Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing available anywhere in the world, and the Summer Free Fishing Weekend is an excellent time to hit the water,” said DNR Director Keith Creagh. “Aside from being one of our state’s most time-honored traditions, fishing also is an inexpensive and easily accessible outdoor activity for people of all ages. There’s no better time to get out there than during one of our Free Fishing Weekends.”

To encourage involvement in Free Fishing Weekends, organized activities are being scheduled in communities across the state.  These activities are coordinated by a variety of individuals, organizations, constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others.

Be sure to call ahead, COVID-19 still has some local businesses limited in operation, staff, and hours.  See a list of our local lodging & book your rooms today! 

Check us out and you’ll see why this free weekend will make you want to come back for more! 

Blog updated 1/18/2022

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