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Free outdoor summer fun this weekend!

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald is reminding Macomb County residents that they can enjoy some of their favorite summertime outdoor activities this Saturday and Sunday at no cost.

“Fishing has long been one of Michigan’s premier outdoor activities, and this weekend families can head out and experience our state’s tremendous fishing opportunities — completely free,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “In addition to using the free fishing weekend to pass down the love of fishing to the next generation, families can have fun during the first of the state’s two summer free ORV weekends.”

Since 1986, Michigan has celebrated the free fishing weekend as a way to promote awareness of the state’s vast aquatic resources and to give families a great chance to pass along the joy of fishing to the next generation. It concludes Michigan Boating Week, which offers many opportunities to start boating, get back onboard or learn some new skills.

During June 8-9, all fishing license fees will be waived, but all fishing regulations still apply. The state will also waive the regular Recreation Passport entry fee for vehicle access to Michigan’s 103 state parks and recreation areas.

For more information on the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit

On Saturday and Sunday, off-road enthusiasts can ride designated routes and trails without an ORV license or trail permit. Riders can find out more at

“I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free weekend to enjoy time in Michigan’s great outdoors,” MacDonald said.