Visit Benzie County, home to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Interlochen Arts. Enjoy “Up North” scenery and that wonderful Northern Michigan feeling.
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Enjoy the Sun & Sand in Silver Lake/Mears
Decades of prevailing westerly Lake Michigan winds transformed a ridge of sand dunes over looking Silver Lake into 2,000 acres of spectacular, moving (living) sand dunes along four miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Do as millions have done for decades, visit Silver Lake once and return for generations. The area offers numerous opportunities for exciting outdoor activities. Dune rides, jeep tours, water sport rentals, golf, horseback riding, miniature golf, bumper boats and a go-kart track are just a few of the attractions that are available at Silver Lake.
Silver Lake State Park
While you’re here, be sure to visit Silver Lake State Park which is unique because of the 450-acre parcel designated for off-road vehicles, and the access to both Silver Lake and Lake Michigan are an added benefit. The 107′ Little Sable Point Lighthouse is located in the Silver Lake State Park, and it is open for tours from late May to late September. Rolling sand dunes, camping, hiking, fishing, and acres of forest make this park a vacation paradise.
ORV – Bring Your Own Dune Ride
You can ride the dunes from April 1 through October 31. Silver Lake Sand Dunes State Park is one of the few areas in the country that users can still enjoy riding freely on sand dunes. For generations the nationally-known Silver Lake Sand Dunes have provided families with exciting memories of driving, riding and walking on these spectacular mountains of desert-like sand!
Jeep tours, water sport rentals, golf, horseback riding, miniature golf, bumper boats and a go-kart track are just a few of the attractions that are available at Silver Lake Sand Dunes.
More Area Parks & Beaches
In addition to the Silver Lake State Park, there are other parks in the area worth visiting. And your vacation is not complete without checking out the various beaches around Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
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Events in & Near Silver Lake
Silver Lake and the surrounding areas offer many events throughout the year for locals and visitors to enjoy. The annual Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Festival is a hit with all ages. And just a little over 8 miles from Silver Lake in Hart , the National Asparagus Festival happens each June and includes events like the Taste of Asparagus Competition, a 5k, and more. Also in Hart, the Oceana County Fair is held over five days each August. Silver Lake itself celebrates Independence Day with their very own fireworks over the sand dunes.
Silver Lake is located approximately halfway up the Lake Michigan coastline nearest to the city of Mears.
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