Silver Lake Sand Dunes

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4/5 (3 reviews)
Mears, Michigan (Oceana County)
Last Updated: 10/31/2023
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Lake Michigan has the largest deposit of freshwater coastal sand dunes. At Silver Lake Sand Dunes, you can drive on them! The area for driving covers 450 of the 2,000-acre stretch of dunes sandwiched between its namesake, Silver Lake, and Lake Michigan. Two steep dunes are separated by a more gentle landscape that allows you to pick your adrenalin threshold ranging from a quick and easy stroll to Lake Michigan or pointing your vehicle straight up with a rooster tail of sand spinning out the back. Grab the tow strap and give it a try!

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  • A current year Michigan ORV license and permit must be displayed on the back of your vehicle.
  • A Michigan Recreation Passport displayed on the front windshield - lower passenger side.
  • A 10-foot mast holding an international orange flag must be mounted to the front bumper.
  • Air tires down to maximum of 15 psi.
Driving Silver Lake Sand Dunes is an open OHV area. Besides the entrance, exit, and the two primary dunes, you can drive wherever you want. The areas considered out of bounds are clearly marked. The guide here can be veered from any time as long as you are not entering a non-ohv area or trying to drive north up and down the two main dunes. The entrance is clearly marked and just inside the air-down area. While the exit is on the south end of "Test Hill." The two main dunes at the entrance can only be traveled southerly. It does seem that most traffic drives Sunset Hill in the northern direction. Vehicle and Recovery Gear Recommendations Any high clearance vehicle with 4 high will do find through most of the area. AWD is not recommended. All-terrain or mud-terrain tires are desired and have a tow strap! Open Times Early Season hours (April 1st–May 1st) is daily from 9:00 am–8:00 pm. Peak Season hours (May 1st–September 15th) are daily from 9:00 am–10:00 pm. Late Season hours are (September 15th–October 31st) 9:00 am–8:00 pm daily. Tips
  • Air-down at Waypoint 1 staging area.
  • Air-up at Waypoint 10, the ORV welcome center, where you will find free and fast air.
  • If you are new to dune riding, always keep your vehicle pointed straight up or down the dunes, never sideways.

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4/5 (3)
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 10/31/2023

Closed for the season! See you next year!
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Visited: 11/11/2022

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Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/11/2022

I took a couple of hours to experience what Silver Lake Sand Dunes were all about! I have to admit, it was a little too fast-paced for my normal style, and vehicles were everywhere, going in every direction. However, I was very impressed with the level of organization of the park and loved the free air at the end. You will most likely agree that the free air at the end is about the fastest air-up you will ever have! The scenery was beautiful, the driving is fun, and I recommend going here if you want the true sand experience!
Trail Review: Silver Lake Sand Dunes - Todd
Trail Review: Silver Lake Sand Dunes - Todd
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