Michigan: Silver Lake State Park ORV Area

Mears, Mich.

The only dune area in Michigan that allows vehicles, the Silver Lake State Park on the shores of Lake Michigan at Mears offers spectacular views and a lot of fun.

The park encompasses almost 3,000 acres, of which 450 acres are designated for off-highway riding. The park is open from April 1 through Oct. 31. The entrance fee for residents is $6 for a daily pass or $24 for an annual pass, which is good at all Michigan state parks. The non-resident fee is $8 a day or $29 for an annual pass. An ORV pass for vehicles is $16.25 and good all year.

Since the dunes are so popular, the state Department of Natural Resources, which operates the park, has a set of special rules.

All motor vehicles entering the park must have a Michigan State Park Motor Vehicle Permit, and all off-highway vehicles must have a Michigan ORV registration. Helmets are required.

Also, vehicles using the dunes must have a fluorescent orange warning flag that extends at least 10 feet from the ground. A spark arrester is required, and the muffler must meet a sound limit of 94 decibels.

Alcohol isn't allowed.

Also, the Department of Natural Resources has a voucher system to manage long lines on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

For more information, go to Michigan.gov/dnr or contact Silver Lake State Park, 9679-W State Park Rd., Mears, MI 49436 or call (231) 873-3083.