Silver Lake State Park
Silver Lake State Park
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Silver Lake State Park is almost 3,000-acres along the Lake Michigan shoreline. This area includes both dune country and acres of mature forest and the only sand dune off-road vehicle area in east of the Mississippi River. Our 200 site campground is the only campground in the area that is located along the shoreline of Silver Lake.
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mamamimi2017
Belmont, NC84 contributions
So nice for families! Small but very clean sandy beach with a very large area (it is clearly marked) of shallow water so you can feel comfortable about your kids in the water. Nice clean modern bathrooms. They have two large pavilions with picnic tables for having meals. There’s a campground there with lots of families staying. There are also shaded areas with trees along the shore of the lake so if you need to stay out of the sun like I do (for medical reasons), there are beautiful places to sit and watch the water lap the shore. We’ll go back there for sure!
Written July 22, 2022
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Samantha J
Cincinnati, OH435 contributions
Couples
Great place for a small local vacation! The sand dunes are beautiful to see and a bit harder to walk. They are beautiful after a rainfall.

Need a state park pass to drive in and park in the pedestrian area. None if walking in without a car. Can get a state park pass at the booth with cash or main visitor center with a credit card.

Can walk out to Lake Michigan. It may be a quite a hike though. There is a beach area as well but once again have to hike to it first.

There is a different area for off road vehicles, orv, and then an area for mac woods rides.
Written July 14, 2020
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Anna M
Chagrin Falls, OH119 contributions
Nice, clean beach with picnic facilities, a playground, volleybal court and plenty of places to sit. Water is very shallow for quite a distance so there's plenty of room to play in the lake. Beach is very small, so expect crowding,
Written August 12, 2020
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Alimcraig
Valley City, OH69 contributions
Friends
The State Park is located in a nice town that is family friendly. For those without kids , the best part is riding the dunes and taking advantage of any water activities.
The State park campground site #6 is where we stayed and the view was beautiful. The only thing We didn’t like are the campers are packed in like sardines and there is no privacy between each site . Not a very picturesque campsite and some campers were along a fence which was a view of the street or peoples homes .
Written July 3, 2021
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wristonwheeler
Holliston, MA5 contributions
We had a blast here. Rented a side by side one day on the dunes and a boat on another. This is the place to get outside and enjoy a landscape that is hard to find in this country. GO SEE MICHIGAN!!!
Written August 10, 2021
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Victoria R
Windsor, Canada201 contributions
Family
I'm going to start with the pluses as this is a beautiful area:
- nice lake with playground and modern amenities (vending machines, outdoor shower, washrooms, etc.)
- close to lots of activities
- park pass gives you access to area attractions like the lighthouse and beach areas
- friendly staff

Unfortunately there are drawbacks:
- very noisy; this is a party haven and trucks/buggies will be ripping and revving at all hours
- no breeze on the lower sites so very hot despite shade
- small, cramped lots
- only 1 washroom/shower block; not even outhouses so those night time treks to the loos are long ones

If you are going for the dunes and want to party, this is the place. If you are looking for a traditional serene site, avoid this at all costs.

We're glad we went as we enjoyed the lovely area but definitely won't return to the park for camping.
Written August 6, 2018
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Sharon N
25 contributions
Family
We had our annual family reunion at Sliver Lake State Park. Only two out of 6 families camped. The campsites were large with plenty of room for everyone to park. We brought our Jeep and took turns going out to the dunes. Highly recommended. The park staff had at least 2 'events' a day and one was for small children that involved arts and crafts. We participated in the butterfly lesson. There were also sunset hikes on the beach and those that went raved about it. The town of Mears is pretty much a tourist trap and there are no grocery stores. However, there are small towns close by with everything you would need. We made a trip up to Pentwater for an afternoon which was enjoyable. The weather was perfect while we were there at the end of July. No rain and cool. That made having a campfire nice. I have the feeling that it may not have been so enjoyable if it had been raining. I think the campsites would have been muddy. The roads in the campground are paved. The bathrooms were clean and they have shower rooms. We were able to get a shower room with no wait every evening. The only negative for us was the road noise. We had 2 campsites that backed up to the main road. During the day the road noise was very noticeable. If we go back again, we will be sure to try to avoid those sites. Also, the weekend we were happened to be a 4-wheeling event so the campground was full. So unless you are going for an event, it is suggested that you check local event calendars to avoid the crowds.
Written August 14, 2014
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Crystal H
Utica, OH28 contributions
Family
The climb up the dune is rough but worth it! Once you make it to the top the views are amazing! The dunes are overlooking Silver Lake and Lake Michigan. Definitely a must when visiting the dunes.
Written August 2, 2019
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atmanand douglas
Uttar Kashi466 contributions
Friends
This is the center of Michigan's Gold Coast, and as good as it gets in the Great Lakes. Sugary fine, white sand beaches and dunes amidst fresh water lakes. It doesn't get much better, except that it can be crowded in the high season of summer.
Written August 22, 2018
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Terri K
East Tawas, MI77 contributions
Family
Lived in Michigan my whole life but had never seen the Dunes. It was breathtaking. We climbed up a woodsy hill and the next thing I knew I was on my hands and knees crawling my way up to the top of a sand hill. Got to the top and was blown away. Could see nothing but rolling sand as far as my eyes could see. If it hadn't had such a chill in the air I would have sworn we were in the Arizona desert!! A must see if your traveling the west side of Michigan!
Written January 10, 2015
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