Zorn: Enjoy free outdoor summer fun this weekend

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn is reminding residents that they can enjoy some of their favorite summertime outdoor activities this Saturday and Sunday at no cost.

“This weekend, Michigan is offering a great opportunity for Michigan anglers and out-of-state visitors to experience some of the world’s best fishing — free of charge,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I encourage families to take advantage of this free weekend of summer fun to relax while enjoying some world-class fishing or rev it up 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.

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 www.Michigan.gov/ORVInfo.

For more information on the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

There are two local events listed on the site. The annual Tecumseh Free Fishing Derby for kids age 12 and under is on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Tecumseh City Park, 403 Adrian St. in Tecumseh.

Also on June 8, is a night of free fishing at Sterling State Park, located at 2800 State Park Road in Monroe. It runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Bait, tackle and rods will be provided.