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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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.
Silver Lake Dunes is a superb lake for boaters and anglers. Panfish, walleye, pike, crappie and bass are the common species that area unit caught within the lake. The lake is a sensible place for pleasure boating and watersports also. Ice fishing on Silver Lake is a extremely popular winter activity. Walleye, pike and crappie area unit all normally caught within the winter.
Metal detection is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity once it’s conducted in ways in which don’t injury the natural and cultural resources in Silver Lake Dunes or Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you would like to use a metal detector during this state park, here is a map that shows clearly wherever this activity could occur. Any things found should be reviewed by park employees and will be maintained for additional investigation.
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.