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Silver Lake State Park

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Alt Names

Silver Lake ORV Area, Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Last Known StatusOpen

Over 400 acres of sand dunes with panoramic lake views can be found at this popular state park. The tree lined area offers some steep climbs, long stretching dunes and deep wet crossings.

A ten foot whip flag is mandatory and all vehicles must display a Michigan ORV and Recreation Passport sticker, both of which can be purchased at the ORV Welcome Center building before entering the park. Parking vouchers are required during summer and three day weekends which can also be picked up free of charge at the ORV Vehicle Welcome Center.

The park opens for the season April 1 through October 31. Overnight parking is not permitted at the staging area but there are several campgrounds and lodging facilities close by.

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Nearest CityMears, MI
AddressW Fox Road, Mears, MI 49436
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From: Muskegon, MI
1) Take I-31 north to exit for Polk Road (Mears), about 35 miles
2) Turn left (west) off the exit ramp, continue 1.5 miles
3) Turn left at the T-intersection, continue 1 mile
4) Turn right on W. Taylor Road, continue 3.1 miles
5) Veer right at fork on W. Silver Dam Road, continue .4 miles
6) Turn right (north) on Ridge Road, continue .4 miles
7) Turn left on W. Fox Road, continue straight ahead.


LandState Recreation


Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Permit RequiredYesMI ORV Sticker and MI Recreation Passport
Dates OpenApril 1 - October 31
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (94 dB)
Whip FlagsYes (120 inches)Safety Flags Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesSome Areas
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areas
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome Areas
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Some Areas
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
Some Areas
Helmets RequiredYesrequired by state law
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingYes
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.


Parking ($0.00)
Entry ($0.00)
RidingYes ($10.00 per OHV)
Michigan Recreation Passport
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00


Contact InfoSilver Lake State Park
9679 W State Park Road
Mears, MI 49436
(231) 873-3083
Contact InfoMichigan DNR
(800) 447-2757
CommentSilver Lake State Park Campground Reservations
Contact InfoWild Bill's ATV Rentals
8110 W. Hazel Road
Mears, MI 49436
(231) 873-8400


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Silver Lake State Park Dune Area

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Silver Lake Dune Area Photo

Silver Lake State Park Dune Area

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Silver Lake State Park Dune Area

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Square Miles1
Climate TypeCoastal
Elevation550 to 650 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis dune area has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe dune area has no hard pack terrain.None
SandThis dune area has almost all sandy areas.Allpaddle or sand tire recommended for best experience
MudThe dune area has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe dune area has no dust on typical days.None
RocksThis dune area has no rocks.None
TreesThe dune area has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis dune area has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe dune area has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis dune area has some small jumps.Some
BermsThe dune area has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state recreation area has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state recreation area has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state recreation area has no roads.None
ShadeThis state recreation area has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis dune area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis dune area has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis dune area has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis dune area has little expert terrain.Little


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SE)Hackley Lakeshore Hospital (231) 861-2156
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SE)Silver Lake Gas N Go (231) 873-1326
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SE)Mears
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (S)Sandy Shores Campground (231) 873-3003
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (S)Sandy Shores Campground (231) 873-3003
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Silver Pointe General Store (231) 873-0873
Swimming Swim AreaOn Site
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteLake Michigan
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (S)Sandy Shores Campground (231) 873-3003
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