Silver Lake Buggy Rentals
Silver Lake Buggy Rentals
4.5
4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We promote safe family fun for everyone! Our service provides the ability and freedom to explore the Silver Lake Sand dunes and enjoy the breath-taking view of Lake Michigan! We offer 4 different types of vehicles and with each one comes a whole new experience. Book your excitement today!
Mears, Michigan

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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Kbram1990
8 contributions
Aug 2021
The Dunes have something for everyone. From sitting on the beach, watching the lake and watching buggies climb dunes to driving your own buggy ( or truck, or jeep or side-side) over small or large dunes. I agree with other reviewers that suggest a handkerchief for a gaiter. You need it occasionally. We went on a Friday morning, which had just the right amount of traffic for us. Any more traffic would’ve made it less enjoyable as you have to watch for others coming towards you. We had a group of five. Went in a terex (4seater) and a buggy (2). Considered an ATV instead of buggy to save a few bucks. Glad we didn’t. 1) nobody rode alone; 2) felt safer in the buggy so rode more hills. We did 3 hours which was perfect for us. Most of our crew had zero experience with these types of machines and limited “courage” for adrenaline rushes. It took an hour to get acclimated to the lay of the land and the machine. But after that hour-it was Game On!! We went up every dune we could! So. Freakn. Cool. Bring a good Bluetooth speaker to make it even better! Silver Lake Buggy Rentals was awesome to work with! Explain EVERYTHING you need to know about the machine, the property, how to ride to avoid getting stuck, and how to get out when you are stuck. We were fine with the safety tour being part of our three hours. You’re operating the machine, guide is giving you tips on the lay of the land, answering questions about your machine as you get used to it. Since we had zero experience with all of it, I appreciated this introduction. Yes, the excursion is an investment, but so worth it! SLDB are friendly people who make sure you stay safe while having the time of your life!
Written August 14, 2021
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That is wonderful! Happy to hear that you all had a wonderful time! Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you again!
Written August 18, 2021
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Rebecca M
Johnson City, TN41 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We have nothing but “great” to say about this company. We had our parents and our 2 daughters (ages 8 & 10) for a 2 hr rental of the teryx and maverick. The instructional guide was very helpful as we had never been on the dunes before. Just after being released on our own- we were slammed by a ride-haulting storm. Knowing companies rain policy- we attempted to make the best of it soaked all while being pelted by rain. They called us in via radio and offered to take us back for the afternoon to finish our time in the sun. We thoroughly enjoyed riding in the morning while it wasn’t so busy but the atmosphere of a busy weekend afternoon was fun to experience as well. Just book it for any age group and go have a blast!
Written July 10, 2020
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Sounds like you had a crazy dune adventure! We are glad you still all had a great time! Hopefully, we will see you again in the future!
Written July 11, 2020
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LKHtravel247
Charleston, WV1 contribution
May 2022 • Family
This was an amazing experience!!! Worth the cost for sure! The staff and guides were all awesome! After a safety video and transport to the dunes you’re given a 20 minute tour and instructions through the dunes with expert tips for driving in the sand. Then you’re free to drive and explore and have fun at your own pace. The guide is always close by and available over the cb radio. We went in late May - the wind is fierce and gets chilly. Pack long sleeves, eye googles to keep sand out of your eyes. The sand will be everywhere when done. You can bring a cooler along.
We definitely recommend using SL Buggy Rentals.
Written May 31, 2022
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Mindy Zed
Redmond, WA145 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
My first time here and we are not from Michigan. Didn’t know anything about the dunes other than a marketing brochure we read and it sounded cool. Went on a Saturday afternoon with two teenage girls and we rented them a buggy. It was their first time and their instruction was watching a safety video containing extremely vague directions. We purchased safety glasses for them after watching the video for $5 each (when I went to pay, the girl at the counter said they really only needed sunglasses - which btw they didn’t have. She might have informed us of this before we watched the video).

The girls were surprised once they were dropped off - literally hundreds of vehicles of all shapes and sizes packed into this place driving at all speeds in all directions.

The girls were extremely stressed out on the dunes. My husband and I went with another company since Silver Lake didn’t have any more availability. I was really floored to see the absence of any safety standards whatsoever on the dunes and seeing some large vehicles easily doing 50 mph through the dunes when there were kids on dirt bikes and first timers like my daughter trying to figure out where and where not to go. Total idiots driving anywhere and everywhere.

If you aren’t familiar with this type of thing, I wouldn’t recommend it. We heard there were 4 accidents today alone. I’m sure it appeals to some, but it’s definitely not for me. I won’t be back.
Written September 13, 2020
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Gina H
6 contributions
Jul 2020
Overall, we had a great time. We rented the Maverick and had no trouble with power. We were able to climb the largest dune without difficulty. While I appreciated the safety instruction and tour around the dunes by the guide, I feel the 2 hour rental should begin afterward and not be included in the 2 hour rental. This was a great experience, but for the price I really expected to have 2 hours of free riding. This was not explained to me prior to booking. With this information, I may have considered booking a 3 hour rental instead.
Written July 5, 2020
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I am sorry you do not agree with it. We promote safe family fun. We want all our customers and vehicles to come back safe and sound. During the instructional, you are using the vehicle and using the fuel during that time and that is why it counts against your time. We are still glad you had a great time and we hope to see you again in the future. Thank you for joining us!
Written July 22, 2020
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Christine H
3 contributions
Aug 2022
We had such a great time! This was our first time at the Sand Dunes. The staff was very friendly and helpful, I appreciated the instructional video, and both shuttle drivers were excellent. The "follow me tour" was very helpful and showed us around the dunes and helped build our confidence for when we were on our own. Additionally, I loved that our time didn't start until we started driving.
We started giving Christmas Experiences to our adult children, and this experience did not disappoint. I am so glad that we were able to have this opportunity.
Written August 8, 2022
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ltheel
2 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We rented a Kawasaki Teryx and an ATV for two days for our family of five with two eighteen year olds and an 8 year old. During our two days of rentals we dealt with almost a dozen of the employees at Silver Lake Buggy Rentals. Every one of them was very friendly, knowledgable, and really cared that we stayed safe AND had a lot of fun! They succeeded, the machines were great, but the employees made the experience even better. Would definitely rent again from them and would recommend them to everyone.
Written August 1, 2020
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Wonderful! We are so happy to hear you had such a great time on the dunes! Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you all again!
Written August 7, 2020
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Ellen B
2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
From beginning to end, staff were very friendly and patient. Thanks Cindy, Eric, and the rest of the #SLDBR team! As first timers with a 13 yo and 8 yo we did the 2 hr trip in a Teryx. It was enough time for the kids and not enough for the parents.
The trip started with a short instructional video at the shop, bus transport to the dunes, and “follow me” driving at the dunes to see the layout of the dunes. The trip time didn’t start until the dune vehicles are driving, so make sure to plan for some additional time. Once the staff made sure we knew what to do and what to avoid, it was free-wheeling. This was a very memorable trip!
Written August 2, 2022
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Nikol
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
The day we had booked we woke up to pouring rain and the radar showing rain all day. SLBR staff was great and rescheduled our booking to the next day without any hassle! When we arrived all staff from registration to shuttle drivers were wonderful! Prices were reasonable. Thank you for helping us have a great first experience at the Dunes!
Written August 16, 2022
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Jritch34
1 contribution
Sep 2021
Definitely fun for everyone. Buggy was a little underpowered to make it through some areas, (as can be expected with a rental) so that limits the areas you can go. Staff was very friendly and informative, and they take care of everything. Would definitely go through these guys again.
Written September 4, 2021
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