Iron County Lodging Association

FREE Fishing/ORV Weekends

Fish/ATV in Michigan permit free

Did you know you can explore over 200 lakes, 900 miles of rivers, and over 100 miles of trails in Iron County Michigan?  Residents & non-residents can enjoy fishing and/or ATVing license/permit free twice a year.  Mark your calendar for this years free weekends!

    • Free fishing: February 18-19 and June 10-11, 2023
    • Free ATV/ORV: June 10-11 and Aug 19-20, 2023
Free Michigan Fishing Days
February 18-19 & June 10-11, 2023


Fish Iron County Michigan and access over 200 lakes, 900 miles of rivers. 

All fishing license fees will be waived these days for residents and out-of-state visitors; enjoy fishing inland and Great Lakes. All fishing regulations still apply. For complete details read more on Michigan's DNR free fishing weekend

Free Michigan ORV Days
June 10-11 & Aug 19-20, 2023


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. Mark your calendars for June & August this year!

NOTE: the Recreation Passport entry fee is waived (you can enter all state parks and boating access sites for free). Get more information on Michigan's free ORV weekend.


Explore Iron County Michigan
Lakes, Rivers, and Trails!

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.


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 6/2023

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