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Silver Lake State Park, Mears
(4.6/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
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 the Mac Wood's Dune Rides for scenic dune cruising with spectacular views of Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.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.
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  • I have often read about the sand dunes of Michigan and I was so glad to finally visit and see them for myself. The dunes at Silver Lake range up to 100' tall. Very impressive and dizzying to be out in...  more »
  • We went on a Sunday in October. The town appeared all shut down for the season. We saw only one food place open. The dunes were not crowded, but the off roading area was busy. We had a 4 month old and...  more »
  • Another great camping area with a Sandy beaches. Restrooms with nice showers..short distance to dines and lake Michigan 
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  • We love this place! ATVs aren't allowed on here, but you don't need one to enjoy this sandy paradise. This side of the dunes is more for the naturalist in all of us. There are a couple thousand acres of rolling sand hills to hike around on. When you reach the tops you get a nice view of both Silver Lake and Lake Michigan. Out in the distance the ATV park can be seen while the riders ascend the tops of the hills into view, only to vanish moments later into the sandy valleys. Boats are cruising the lakes while families enjoy the beaches for some much needed cool off time. Once you've taken everything in you can ride the sand slides back down to the foothills.
  • Good climbing dunes. Can walk a long way. All the way to Lake Michigan. Plus driving dunes. Had tons of fun cruising around the dunes in the pickup. If you have a boat, you can pull right up to the dunes from Silver Lake. Lake, dunes, boat, walk, climb.
  • One of the most impressive places I´ve ever been in my life. The dunes are just incredible! This place is absolutely a must!
  • Bring or rent a 4x4 or dune buggy and drive around on the dunes. Be warned you can break your ride if you get too crazy. The rest of the park is nice for hiking or a day at the beach. It can get really crowded at times. So I would not recommend this park if you are trying to find solitude, quiet and get in touch with nature.
  • Lots of fun for the whole family! Great swimming are th as t isn't too deep for the kids thanks to the ever shifting sand dunes. Helpful and friendly staff. Bring your boat, camping gear or just the kids. Everyday is beautiful!