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“Nature's Beauty...At It's Best!!!”

Silver Lake Sand Dunes
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Hart
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This is a state park along the coast of Lake Michigan located near Mears, Michigan. It includes shoreline along Lake Michigan and Silver Lake, along with many sand dunes.
Reviewed August 29, 2012

The sand dunes of the Silver Lake area, near Hart Michigan, are indeed a sight to behold.
You need not spend alot of money to have a great day in this area. If you want a closer look at the dunes, the Mac Wood's Dune Ride lasts about 35-40 minutes for about $17.00 for adults.
You can climb to the top of the Little Sable Lighthouse for a cost of about 2-3 dollars and it really gives you a fantastic view of Lake Michigan.

A word of caution- this area can become a tourist trap.....BUT ONLY IF YOU ALLOW IT!
Jeep and dune buggy rental rates are way too high for most families to afford.
Restaurant prices also vary and are also a little on the high side.
(The Deluxe pizza at the Pizza Factory will fill up a family of 4-5 for about $20.00, & is great!)

Tips: You can have a great time at the sand dunes by packing a lunch and by taking along a cooler full of your favorite beverages which will save you lots of cash. Make sure to take along sunglasses, sunscreen, and a camera or camcorder. Treat prices like ice cream ect.., are fairly reasonable and mini golf rates are also affordable. Finally, plan to enjoy the natural beauty of this area and avoid the high dollar temptations and you will have a great time.

As always, be safe in your travels and enjoy this attraction!!!

5  Thank jarIndiana
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

If you get the chance to take a dune buggy ride through the dunes, go ahead and do it. It's a lot of fun for the whole family!

Thank SteveandKathyH
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Beach at Lighthouse Point was beautiful and relaxing. Tour with Mac Dunes was fun, like being on a roller coaster ride.

Thank Dehlia M
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

We have visited the dunes at Illinois Beach State Park, the Indiana Dunes State Park and the state parks at Saugatuck Dunes and Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan. Silver Lake sand dunes were by far the tallest and most expansive of all the dunes we have visited around Lake Michigan. It faces Lake Michigan to the west and Silver Lake lies on the opposite side. Oak forests lie to the north and south. Off-road vehicles are permitted to roam the northern portion of the dunes. Visitors can explore the middle portion by foot (the "walking dunes") or explore the southern portion on a dune ride. Further south lies the 107-foot tall Little Sable Point lighthouse.

We visited the latter first. A fairly short climb up the dunes by the lighthouse gave us a great view of the expanse of beach and Lake Michigan beyond. We did not climb the lighthouse but I am sure there would have been a great view of the large dunes to the north from up there. The parking lot by the lighthouse is managed by the state and there was a parking fee. We kept the tag on the inside of the windshield.

We drove north along Silver Lake Road to North Shore Drive. The road ended at the base of the massive sand dunes where lots of cars were parked - illegally - as their owners scrambled up the steep wall of sand. Just before this, to the right, is a road to an official parking lot where our parking was free; our fee at Sable Point also included parking at this site.

There is a staircase from the parking lot that helps with the climb. As you emerge from the the edge of the forest you see an expanse of sand. You cannot see Lake Michigan which is somewhere in front of you beyond the sand. Silver Lake, somewhere to your left, is also hidden behind the dunes.

Eventually, as we kept walking we caught glimpses of Silver Lake between the dunes. We heard then saw the different off-road vehicles charging up and down the dunes to our right. Everyone was dwarfed by these virtual mountains of fine sand. Some kids were having fun rolling down the sides of the dunes. We wandered over to look at Silver Lake. Lake Michigan was a bit farther away and too far to walk to in the little time we had left. At one point we simply sat on the sand and soaked up the great views all around us.

There is certainly a lot to do here and we barely scratched the surface with our visit. We spent just a short afternoon here but will certainly visit and spend more time if we are in the area again.

2  Thank ImmerWandern
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

I had a wonderful experience here and I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone who is interested. I rented a dune buggy and had a blast. I rented from Sliver Lake Buggy Rentals because they were the most honest company and the friendliest that I had researched and they proved to be wonderful. If you decide to rent a dune buggy or ATV, I highly recommend them.

3  Thank Zeppi66
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