Description - Silver Lake State Park is an almost 3,000-acre park in Oceana County along the Lake Michigan shoreline. This area includes both 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.
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Over 1,500 acres of sand dunes sprawl across Silver Lake State Park.
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.
- Scenic recreation reigns at Silver Lake State Park, which offers vistas of Upper Silver Lake, Silver Lake and Lake Michigan. Hundreds of acres are available for ORV use, one the park's main attractions. Swimming beaches, fishing, hiking, hunting, boating and winter sport opportunities are available as well. The Little Point Sable Lighthouse is a favorite for photographers. Overnight guests are welcome at the 250-site campground from April 1 to December 1. Modern bathhouses are open April 15 through November 1.
Recreation - Outdoor fun At Silver Lake State Park evolves around camping, swimming, hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, ORV use, and in winter, snowmobiling.
Silver Lake- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 200 site(s), $27/$16
Silver Lake-ORV Trail - (Miles), Off-Road Vehicle Trails/Routes
Climate - West Coast Michigan experiences pleasant summers with temperatures averaging 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). In winter, temperatures plunge to 22 degrees F (-6 degrees C). Lake winds have dramatic affect on wind chill factors. Yearly precipitation averages 40 inches and above.
The park's entrance is four miles west of the town of Mears; follow signs west from US-31 at either the Hart or Shelby exit.