Sand Dunes - Silver Lake State Park OHV Area

Silver Lake State Park OHV Area, MI:

Silver Lake State Park OHV Area, MI

Contact Information

Phone: (231) 873-3083


On the shore of Lake Michigan, north of Grand Rapids between Muskegon and Ludington. Near the towns of Mears and Hart.

Area Information

This location offers nearly 2,000 acres of scenic dunes, of which 450 acres are an open riding area on the shore of Lake Michigan. Tall rolling dunes, over 200 feet in elevation are prime for ATVs, buggies, trucks and Jeeps. Some areas are semi-wooded, but most of the area is open with no vegetation. The off-road area is open during the year between the dates of April 1 through October 31. The gates open at approximately 9 a.m. and the park closes at 10 p.m. during the peak season. Nearby State Park has 249 campsites with electricity, showers available at campgrounds. Also, several other campgrounds located in the area. Note the one-way traffic pattern areas within the open dunes for safety reasons. Machines must carry a square orange flag of 50 square inches on a 10-ft. pole (mounted in front of vehicle) and have a muffler that complies with the Michigan State ORV department requirements. Fees required for day use, season passes also available. Also, voucher system is in effect, which is designed to meter the daily amount of vehicles into the dunes. So, plan ahead and get your voucher right when you arrive, which can be obtained at the DNR office on Fox Road about 1/4-mile away from the dunes entrance. This area is a popular destination for many people in the midwestern states and was last featured in our Winter 1999 issue.

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