Silver Lake State Park, Hart

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Silver Lake State Park is a 2936acre state park in Michigan, located on Lake Michigan near Mears.It is composed of mature forest land and over 2000acre of sand dunes. The park is 1.5mi wide and 3mi long and is divided into three segments: The northern area is an all-terrain vehicle park, and is the only dunes area east of Utah where a private motorized vehicle may be driven from April 1 through October 31. The middle of the park is a non-vehicle area (The Walking Dunes), and the southernmost section is leased to a private operator.The Little Sable Point Light is located just south of the park.Facilities and activitiesOff-road Vehicle TrailsSwimmingHiking. Fishing: Anglers can try Silver Lake for walleye, northern pike, crappie and bass.Boating PicnickingCamping: The campground offers 200 modern campsites.HuntingMetal Detecting: Metal detecting is permitted in designated areas of the park. Found items are subject to review by park staff and may be retained pending further investigation.Photo gallery image:Testhill.JPG|The second largest of the dunes, Test Hill, as Mount Baldy is the highest. image:Silver Lake Dunes Michigan 1.jpg|Silver Lake dunes from Lake Michigan
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  • I had been here as a child, and wanted to show my daughter what I loved about it. We made the trip from Tennessee and it wasn’t as easy to climb the dunes as I remember, age might have something to do...  more »
  • Had a blast at the dunes! Loved that it wasn’t busy. And it was fun seeing what people had to drive in the sand. Hope to come back next fall!  more »
  • A gift of nature! Ever changing and amazingly clean. Fun just to watch the dune buggies do crazy crazy maneuvers. To walk to the ridge closest to Lake Michigan and watch the sun set...makes the entire...  more »
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  • Silver Lake is a gem in the Michigan state park system. It encompasses huge sand dunes, four miles of beaches, a large, lovely lake, and a lighthouse. The park has more than four miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan. The easiest place to get to is at the Little Point Sable Lighthouse. That beach is small, but you can practically drive your car right up to the lighthouse (again, there is a fee to enter this area - show your receipt if you already paid.) The beach by the lighthouse is also pet friendly. The other areas near the shore are harder to get to as you'll likely have to walk or take your ORV.
  • Awesome dunes nice beach. Went to check the area still some snow on the ground but still a great hike! They also have dune rides in summer
  • This place is fantastic. If you have an off-road vehicle and live anywhere in Michigan, you definitely need to visit at least once. There is nothing like riding on the dunes on the shower of Lake Michigan. Look out for the one ways and the people who rent and have no idea what they're doing and you'll be fine. Lots of side by sides out there now which makes it a lot crazier if you're on a quad or dirtbike. Good luck!
  • Great state park overall. Just wish there was even just a tiny bit of grass. Sites are just plain dirty. But it's in silver lake and the location is great.
  • I Just Walked In The Size of this Sanddune is Crazy, Back in Southern Ohio and into West Virginia we build Mud Trucks... Up Here they Build Sand Trucks....
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