Silver Lake State Park
People who love adventure are happy when they choose Silver Lake State Park as their vacation destination. This 3,000 acre park is situated between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, with Mears being the closest city. Over 2,000 acres of the park are sand dunes and the rest is mature forest land. Within the park you'll find hiking trails, an ORV area, fishing, swimming, boat launch, lighthouse and campground.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes ORV AreaThe northern-most area of Silver Lake State Park is dedicated to off road vehicles. These dunes are the only ones east of Utah that allow private motorized vehicles from April 1-October 31. The 450 acres for ORVs make for an exhilarating ride, but care must be taken as the dunes shift with the wind and are constantly changing. Check with the Michigan DNR site for more information, such as rules and a map of the Silver Lake State Park ORV area.
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. They carry a variety of watercraft, including ski boats, kayaks, paddleboats, canoes, rowboats, pontoons, wave runners...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...or head to the four miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. You get the best of both worlds at Silver Lake State Park.
Camping at Silver Lake State ParkFor those that enjoy camping, Silver Lake State Park has 200 modern campsites with electrical service and modern restrooms. Prices are $29 in-season and $20 off-season. Call (800) 447-2757 for reservations, or visit the official reservation website at Silver Lake State Park reservations.
Little Sable Point LighthouseJust south of the Silver Lake State Park is the Little Sable Point Lighthouse. It's part of a group of lighthouses within a 30-mile region that includes Big Sable Point at the Ludington State Park and the North Breakwater Light in Ludington. Little Sable Point Lighthouse is open for tours from late May until the end of September. There is a pathway that leads from the parking lot to the lighthouse, allowing those in wheelchairs to access the light.
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For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.