Little Sable Point Lighthouse is located in the Silver Lake State Parks, home of the sand dunes along Lake Michigan.
Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography
Oceana County Information
Oceana County was organized in 1855, it was named after its long shoreline on lake Michigan. The first known white settlement was a saw mill site built in 1849 at the mouth of Whiskey Creek. The county grew during the lumber era, with the development of Pentwater, Shelby, and Hart, the county seat. When the lumber boom came to a halt, farmers found the area an excellent place for orchards.
Today, farming in Oceana County is very prosperous, holding the second largest fruit tree acreage in the state. Oceana County is famous as the “Asparagus Capital of the World” for its high production of asparagus. The annual National Asparagus Festival includes a parade and crowning of the Asparagus Queen. This is a source of great pride for those who are so crowned.
Oceana County Geography
2015 Census Results
The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions–police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc.–are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.
More About Silver Lake
Silver Lake/Mears not only offers outdoor fun all summer long, but the area is also host to many great festivals and events.
The Silver Lake State Park is 3,000 acres and is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, offering boating, fishing, swimming, & ORV.
Dune Rides in your ATV or ORV are popular at Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan, but many rules and regulations apply.
Questions about visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes? Looking for more info to help plan your trip?
With more than 3,000 acres, the giant sandbox of Silver Lake is your hub for beaches, off-roading, swimming, and access to Lake Michigan!