'Three Free' weekend gives Michiana residents free fishing, off-roading and state park entry

NOW: ’Three Free’ weekend gives Michiana residents free fishing, off-roading and state park entry

Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday that the weekend of June 11 through June 12 will be 'Three Free' weekend, which allows for free fishing, off-roading and state park entry.

Michiana residents can fish for all in-season species this weekend without a license, can legally ride over 4,000 miles of designated off-roading routes without an off-roading license, and enter into over 100 state parks completely free of charge.

The 'Three Free' weekend is in promotion of Whitmer’s Building Michigan Together plan, which seeks to invest $250 million into improving all 103 existing state parks.

“All of our state parks are important pillars of their communities. They support local small businesses, create jobs, and give people beautiful, welcoming places to make memories. I look forward to seeing the impact it will have on our state parks,” said Whitmer.

According to Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger, the event will appeal to longtime park-goers as well as those just starting to explore the Michigan outdoors.

"Whether you're already an avid outdoors-person or someone just beginning to explore all the options, our 'Three Free' Weekend makes it easy to discover a new hobby, visit a new park or introduce friends to an outdoor experience you love,” said Eichinger.

The plan also includes a $200 million drive to increase protection of clean drinking water, build more affordable housing and expand high-speed internet throughout the state.

More information can be found online at https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/news/press-releases/2022/06/10/whitmer-announces-three-free-weekend

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