Wisconsin residents and visitors alike can enjoy some of the country’s best outdoor recreation for free. On June 6-7, people can fish for free anywhere in Wisconsin, hike or bike state trails for free, ride public ATV trails for free, and enjoy free admission to state parks and forests on both days as well. There will also be free demo rides at Lil Hummer’s Hideaway – Bar, Grill & Campground on Saturday, June 6 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Fuller Sales and Service, along with Verne’s, both of Antigo, will feature some of their recreational vehicles in the demo ride. Area ATV Clubs participating in the event are: Wolf River Riders,White Lake ATV, Parrish Highlanders, and Antigo Area ATV/UTV. Live Music will follow the demos later in the evening by Polar Project from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Lil Hummer’s is located on the Corner of A and TT in Pearson, WI.
Free State Parks Admission
Vehicle admission fees to Wisconsin State Park System properties are waived for both June 6 and 7. Previously, the state park system’s longstanding free open house was only the first Sunday in June; this year, vehicle admission fees have been waived for both the first Saturday and Sunday in June.
Free fishing on June 6 and 7 applies to all Wisconsin waters. No fishing license is needed to fish any waters — this includes inland trout and Great Lakes trout and salmon fishing, which normally would require a trout stamp in addition to a license. Fishing rules such as limits on the length and species of fish that can be kept do apply, however.
Free State Trails
On June 6 and 7, all state trail pass fees on all DNR-owned state trails are waived. Cooperatively-run state trails also may waive fees. Normally, a state trail pass is required for all people age 16 or older biking, in-line skating, horseback riding, cross-country skiing or off-highway motorcycling on certain trails. A state trail pass is not required for walking or hiking.
Free ATV Riding on Public Trails
Wisconsin residents and nonresidents can ride their ATVs or UTVs on public trails for free on those two days. A law advanced by the Wisconsin ATV Association and passed in 2012 created the free weekend. On June 6 and 7, the registration and trail pass fees are waived. All other ATV and UTV regulations apply during the weekend.
Antigo ATV Antigo Trail:
The newest trail in Langlade County is located north of Antigo and connects the trail system to local hotels and restaurants. This 24-mile trail ties the existing trails north and west of Antigo to Parrish Highland’s ATV Trails.