Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography
For real excitement, nothing beats a ride over the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. These shifting dunes promise a different terrain every time you visit them. But safety and common sense should top your list before you venture out.
Because these are shifting sand dunes, keep in mind that the small hill you drove over in the morning could become a dramatic drop off by afternoon. Taking the appropriate steps guarantees you’ll have a safe and exhilarating ride over these spectacular sand dunes.
Because these shifting dunes promise a different terrain every time you visit them, keep in mind that the small hill you drove over in the morning could become a dramatic drop off by afternoon. Taking the appropriate steps guarantees you’ll have a safe and exhilarating ride over these spectacular sand dunes.
Silver Lake State Park is one of the few areas in the country that users can still enjoy riding freely on sand dunes.
Off-roading can be fun and exciting for the whole family. Make it a safe experience for yourself and other park visitors. Please follow the rules that have been made for everyone’s safety and security. Sand dunes are subject to rapid topographic changes resulting from winds and erosion. Be alert for steep inclines, changing slopes, natural hazards and/or sudden drop-offs. Always operate your vehicle at a safe speed and in a safe manner.
There are a number of general rules that apply to all operators using the Silver Lake Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Area.
The DNR, in cooperation with the Silver Lake ORV Area, has announced that they are eliminating permit sales at the ORV area entrance. “Dune-ready” vouchers will no longer be needed if your vehicle can be driven straight from the road to the dunes. You must make sure you have your Recreation Passport, ORV permit and ORV trail permit. Customers may visit the Welcome Center or other locations to purchase the required permits. This will allow a more efficient check-in process at the entrance.
The Off-Road Vehicle Area is open each year from April 1st-October 31st
April 1st-May 15th and the day after Labor Day through October 31st, open hours are 9am-8pm
May 16th through Labor Day, open hours are 9am-10pm
Access to the ORV Area and Dunes is stopped 1/2 hour ahead of closing time, every evening
Current vehicle permits are required on all vehicles using the area. The permit price is $26.25.
All motor vehicles entering the Park must display a Michigan State Park Motor Vehicle Permit. In addition, off-road enthusiasts will also be required to purchase a base $10 trail and scramble permit in addition to the Recreation Passport.
All motor vehicles entering the Dunes must display a Michigan ORV Registration
Entry Vouchers are required on summer weekends and holidays
No alcoholic beverages are allowed throughout the year in and around the ORV Area
Operate vehicles only within the dune area marked with orange boundary markers
Obey Directional Traffic Zone signage. No north-bound traffic in high dune areas.
Rectangular, safety orange flags reaching 10 foot in height required on all ORVs
Michigan Child Passenger Safety Law in effect in ORV Area
Emergency strobe, flashing, rotating and/or blinking lights and sirens prohibited
Helmets are required to operate ATVs and motorcycles in parking lot as well as in dunes
Special regulations for unlicensed and young (12 – 16 years of age) operators
Headlight(s), taillight(s) and brake light(s) required on vehicles ½ hour after sunset
ATVs and motorcycles: operator only, no passengers at any time
Please report accidents, injuries and/or emergencies to State Park personnel or 911
For all the specific rules and requirements for enjoying your Silver Lake ORV experience please visit the ORV Safety Page for Silver Lake Sand Dunes.
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