11 Family-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Michigan’s ‘Free Three’ Weekend

One of the many reasons we adore living in Michigan? Free Three weekend! The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hosts both a winter {the Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day weekend} and summer {the Saturday and Sunday following the first full week of June} Free Three weekends and we are delighted that this upcoming weekend – June 12th and 13th are 2021’s summer weekend!

What is Free Three Weekend?

A twice yearly weekend where residents and nonresidents can grab a fishing pole, ride the off-road trails, and visit state parks and boating access sites – all free of charge. 

Why take advantage of Free Three Weekend?

Why not? Free Three weekend is such an amazing opportunity to encourage Michiganders to get outside, enjoy the abundant resources our state has to offer, spent time with family and friends, and it’s FREE! Free entry to one of over 100 state parks and recreation areas, free access to ORV trails, and free fishing!

What Family-Friendly Activities Are Available For the Weekend?

  • Fishing for residents and out-of-state visitors at both inland state parks and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish
  • Access one of the Michigan DNR boating sites/boat launches or one of its 16 state harbors, and enjoy out on the water
  • Meet friends at a local state park and go on a nature scavenger hunt or nature walk
  • Take a hike or bike on the hundreds of miles of trails located in Michigan’s state parks and recreation areas
  • Ride on the DNR’s over 3,000 miles of off-road vehicle {OVR} trails
  • Pack a lunch and enjoy yourself at a park or recreation area and play at the playground
  • Participate in Michigan’s statewide 4-H Youth Virtual Fishing Derby – details here
  • After your day of fishing, commemorate the day with some adorable printable certificates from the Michigan DNR
  • Grab your sunscreen and suit and take a dip in the lake – with thousands of location choices, you cannot go wrong
  • Bring your furry friend along for a walk or treat them to a swim at one of the many dog beaches
  • Go bird or wildlife watching and start a nature journal with your family recording what you saw and did


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