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Silver Lake State Park
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9679 W. State Park Road
Mears, Michigan   49436

Phone: 231-873-3083
Reservations: 800-447-2757
Silver Lake State Park is a 3000-acre park in Oceana County and borders on Lake Michigan. This area is unique in that it includes dune country and acres of mature forest. The dune ridges and valleys are mostly windblown sand and lack trees, scrub brush, and dune grass. The dune area is sometimes compared to a desert. Silver Lake State Park contains more than four miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and boasts a large sandy beach.
History of the Area
In 1919, Carrie E. Mears donated 25 acres of land for park purposes. The park's boundary was dedicated in 1951 and a master plan was officially approved in 1964. Now, nearly 2,000 acres of sand dunes are available for exploration and hiking. One of the park's biggest draws is the 450-acre off-road vehicle area. But, because of the high demand, it requires a special set of rules. Please review rules and regulations of ORV use in the state of Michigan and the more specific requirements of using an ORV/ATV in Silver Lake State Park before participating in this activity.
The Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forest campgrounds and state trail parking lots. Details and information on how to obtain your Michigan Recreation Passport can be found by visiting the MICHIGAN RECREATION PASSPORT web page.
Silver Lake-Modern(800) 447-2757 200 site(s)Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms

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Silver Lake-ORV TrailTrail Length: 0.00 (Miles)Off-Road Vehicle Trails/Routes
Area Attractions
Mac Wood's Dune Rides, miniature golf, boat and bicycle rentals, canoeing, golfing, area shopping and sight-seeing are all popular activities in the Silver Lake vicinity.

The Little Sable Point Lighthouse is a short drive from the campground.

As the only state park that allows off-road and all-terrain vehicles, Silver Lake State Park has special rules to ensure that people enjoy this recreation activity safely. Please visit the Silver Lake State Park ORV Information page to learn more about ORV/ATV use at this park. Also contact the concessions provider at 231-873-2817 for more information.

Rides are also available with Mac Wood's Dune Rides for a fee. Group rates are available. Visit the web site or call 231-873-2817 for hours, current prices and additional information.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 12 Wonderful Place !!
park review stars; one to five Terrific views of the FANTASTIC sand dunes while looking across Silver Lake from the camping area in the woods ! The view alone is worth the trip !!! Swimming and climbing the dunes are fun for the entire family ! We have enjoyed this beautiful area for over twenty years now !
July 17 Boaters paradise, Clean lake by Bill
park review stars; one to five The Best Beach in Mid west, just across from the state park
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