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Silver Lake State Park

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Other 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 Registration Decal and a 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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Permit RequiredYesMI ORV Sticker and MI Recreation Passport
Dates OpenApril 1 through October 31
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoMI ORV permit required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (94 dB)
Whip FlagsYes (120 inches)Whip Flags Required For Safety
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesSome Areas
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areas
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & 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
2 Stroke EnginesSome Areas
MX Helmet RequiredYesrequired by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingYes
Trail BlazingPermitted
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size450 acres (1 sq mi)
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


AreaOff-Road Dunes
LandState Recreation


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


RidingYes ($12.00 per OHV)
Michigan Recreation Passport purchased through Secretary of State - $12, if purchased at park - $17
Tent: $38.00
RV: $38.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Silver Lake State Park Campground Fee
CommentAll campsites at Silver Lake State Park have electricity but no water hookups however water spigots are nearby.


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityMears, MI
AddressW Fox Road, Mears, MI 49436
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Dune MapGo To Dune Map
From: Muskegon, MI
1) Take US-31 North to Exit 149/Polk Road
2) Turn left (west) off the exit ramp onto Polk Road, continue 1.5 miles
3) Turn right (north) onto N 56th Ave, continue .5 miles
4) Turn left (west) onto Deer Road, continue 2.7 miles
5) Turn right (north-west) onto Juniper Beach Road, continue .6 miles
6) Turn left (south) onto Ridge Road, continue 1.3 miles
7) Turn right (west) onto Fox Road, ranger station is on the left.


Contact InfoSilver Lake State Park
9679 W State Park Road
Mears, MI 49436
(231) 873-3083
Contact InfoSilver Lake State Park
(800) 447-2757
CommentCampground Reservations
Contact InfoSilver Lake Buggy Rentals
8288 W Hazel Road
Mears, MI 49436
(231) 873-8833


Silver Lake Dune Area Photo

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 Dune Area Photo

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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