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Silver Lake State Park, Mears

Categories: State Parks, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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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  • Another great camping area with a Sandy beaches. Restrooms with nice showers..short distance to dines and lake Michigan 
  • Amazing. Bucket list - check ! Beautiful state park -like nothing I've ever experienced. Hiking the sand dunes is difficult but so worth it. 
  • Access to the dunes is up a steep flight of steps and the upper steps were completely covered by the sliding sand. It's worth the climb because the view from the top is beautiful. 
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • A truly magnificent place spoiled by crushing crowds of ORV users uncaring of the lands they're exploiting. It's a shame of Michigan conservation. There are beautiful spots throughout the park, but you'll need to be mindful to get away from trucks bearing Confederate Battle Flags, loud music, discarded beer cans and broken glass.
  • Drove up from Columbus, Ohio area to go to the dunes in my H1 Hummer. My business partner lives in Michigan and recommended we do this. I picked him up at his place and headed to the Silver Lake and had a blast. There are RV parks near by as well as all kinds of vehicles to rent nearby. We brought some snacks in a cooler and sat on top of test hill (a huge sand dune) and watched others try to make it up the hill. Beautiful view with Lake Michigan in the distance.... which you can drive right up to from the Dunes and go swimming or just hang out. This has been added to my list of places to vacation with my family in the future.
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