Michigan DNR to Debut Free Snowmobiling Weekend Next Month

On Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12, snowmobilers can ride without the required snowmobile registration and trail permits.
Snowmobilers enjoy a morning ride along Trail No. 11 South in Gogebic County. // Photograph courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that they will waive all required snowmobiling registration and trail permits Feb. 11-12, 2023.

The brand-new event is Free Snowmobiling Weekend, and it joins the ranks of Free ORV Weekend and Free Fishing Weekend — all three of which allow Michiganders to enjoy Michigan’s various outdoor recreational opportunities free of charge and without typically required paperwork.

Michigan Legislature approved bills requiring the DNR to offer this weekend for snowmobilers in order to “allow experienced riders to bring along friends new to the sport who may get hooked on the experience for a lifetime.”

“Free Snowmobiling Weekend is a great opportunity for those that haven’t dusted off their snowmobiles to jump on the trails,” Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division said in a press release. “It’s also a great time for out-of-state visitors to come explore thousands of miles of trails found in the Upper and Lower peninsulas.”

Though all requirements and trail permits are suspended for the weekend, participating snowmobilers must still adhere to all state regulations and rules.

For more information including need-to-know rules and regulations, visit the Michigan DNR online at Michigan.gov/snowmobiling. For more outdoor recreational opportunities in Michigan this winter, visit HourDetroit.com.