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Silver Lake Activities & Attractions

A multitude of beautiful beaches await you in the Silver Lake Sand Dunes area. Whether you’re looking for wild excitement, or quiet serenity, there’s a spot reserved just for you!

Visit Silver Lake State Park

Silver Lake State Park is a 3,000-acre park along the Lake Michigan shoreline. A 450-acre parcel designated for off-road vehicles, with access to both Silver Lake and Lake Michigan. The 107′ Little Sable Point Lighthouse is located within the Silver Lake State Park.

Side view of a fulgurite. | West Michigan Guides Stock Photo

The tip of a fulgurite formation. | West Michigan Guides Stock Photo

Search for Fulgurites

A fulgurite is often referred to as “petrified lightning.”

When lightning strikes the sand at a temperature of at least 3,270 degrees, the heat melts the silica and fuses the sand into fascinating structures. This takes place within the time frame of one second. The long, slender, hollow glass tubes are below the surface of the sand and can be found by looking for uneven coloring on the sand’s surface where the lightning has entered. The glass structure is usually an irregular shape and can be transparent white, black or tan. They are very delicate in nature, therefore a somewhat rare treasure to find. Read more about fulgurites here.

Ride the Dunes

Silver Lake Sand Dunes State Park is one of the few areas in the country that users can still enjoy free riding Jeeps and off-road vehicles on sand dunes. 

Hart-Montague Bike Trail/Rail Trail State Park

This paved rail-trail stretches for 22.5 miles over between Hart and Montague. Opening in 1991, a local citizen had bought the old railroad corridor for trail use and donated most of it to the state.

Visit Historic Downtown Hart

Remove yourself from today’s hectic world as you tour the Hart Historic District. Visit a 19th century church, where the basement houses the extensive “Seymour Rider Indian Artifacts Collection.”

Swimming, Fishing, & Boating in Silver Lake

Silver Lake is a favorite of anglers for the selection of bass, northern pike, walleye, and crappie. Launch your own boat, or rent one from a local business. Most carry a variety of watercraft, including ski boats, kayaks, paddleboats, canoes, rowboats, pontoons, wave runners, and more; plus ski equipment and tubes. Nothing is better than spending a day out on Silver Lake fishing or boating. If you prefer to stay onshore, swimming is safe and calm in Silver Lake. Or head to the four miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. You get the best of both worlds at Silver Lake State Park.

More Silver Lake Sand Dunes area info:

Planning a visit to the Silver Lake Sands Dunes area? Have questions about your trip? Here’s where you can find help: 

  • Silver Lake Sand Dunes – Hart Visitors Bureau:  
  • Digital Visitor Guide – View & Download
  • Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area Chamber: (231) 873-2247
  • Silver Lake Sand Dunes – Hart Visitor Bureau: (231) 873-3982
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Experience the Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Silver Lake State Park

The Silver Lake State Park is 3,000 acres and is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, offering boating, fishing, swimming, & ORV.

Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Hunting for Fulgurites

There’s so much to do in Silver Lake! From hitting the dunes to camping out at the state park — it’s an outdoor adventure for everyone.