Photos by Todd & Brad Reed Photography
Decades of prevailing westerly Lake Michigan winds created this giant, 2,000 acre sandbox along four miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. The sand dunes of Silver Lake are spectacular. They are always moving with the wind for an ever-changing adventure.
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Do as millions have done for decades, visit Silver Lake once and return for generations. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes area offers numerous opportunities for exciting outdoor activities. Dune rides, jeep tours, water sport rentals, golf, horseback riding, miniature golf, bumper boats, and a go-kart track are just a few of the attractions that are available at Silver Lake.
Off-Road Vehicle Thrills!
Whether you bring your own ORV, or go on a dune ride tour, the ever-changing Silver Lake Sand Dunes provide an adventure like no other!
Silver Lake Sand Dunes State Park is one of the few areas in the country that users can still enjoy riding freely on sand dunes. For generations the nationally-known Silver Lake Sand Dunes have provided families with exciting memories of driving, riding and walking on these spectacular mountains of desert-like sand!
Jeep tours, water sport rentals, golf, horseback riding, miniature golf, bumper boats and a go-kart track are just a few of the attractions that are available at Silver Lake Sand Dunes.
You can ride the dunes from April 1 through October 31.
Silver Lake State Park
While you’re exploring the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, be sure to visit Silver Lake State Park. This scenic state park is unique because of the 450-acre parcel designated for off-road vehicles. The access to both Silver Lake and Lake Michigan is an added benefit. The 107′ Little Sable Point Lighthouse is located in the Silver Lake State Park, and it is open for tours from late May to late September. Rolling sand dunes, camping, hiking, fishing, and acres of forest make this park a vacation paradise.
Activities & Attractions
The paved Hart-Montague Bike Trail stretches for 22.5 miles over 225 acres between Hart and Montague. Opening in 1991, a local citizen bought the old railroad corridor for trail use and donated most of it to the State. Remove yourself from today’s hectic world as you tour the Hart Historic District. Visit a 19th century church, whose basement houses the extensive “Seymour Rider Indian Artifacts Collection.”
Beaches & Parks in the Silver Lake Area
In addition to the Silver Lake State Park, there are other parks in the area worth visiting. And your vacation is not complete without checking out the various beaches around Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Silver Lake Events
Silver Lake and the surrounding areas offer many events throughout the year for locals and visitors to enjoy. The annual Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Festival is a hit with all ages. And just a little over 8 miles from Silver Lake in Hart , the National Asparagus Festival happens each June and includes events like the Taste of Asparagus Competition, a 5k, and more. Also in Hart, the Oceana County Fair is held over five days each August. Silver Lake itself celebrates Independence Day with their very own fireworks over the sand dunes.
More About the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area...
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.
Silver Lake/Mears not only offers outdoor fun all summer long, but the area is also host to many great festivals and events.
Dune Rides in your ATV or ORV are popular at Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan, but many rules and regulations apply.
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!
The Silver Lake State Park is 3,000 acres and is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, offering boating, fishing, swimming, & ORV.
Little Sable Point Lighthouse is located in the Silver Lake State Parks, home of the sand dunes along Lake Michigan.