Looking for things to do in the Silver Lake area? In addition to the breathtaking Silver Lake Sand Dunes, the area offers many unique attractions and recreational opportunities.
Browse the list below or stop by the Camp Store/Office during your stay for recommendations of how to make the most of your vacation in Silver Lake.
Silver Lake is known for its beautiful sugar sand beaches on the shores of Lake Michigan. The most easily accessible beach is Little Sable Point Lighthouse Beach, which features a large parking area, restroom facilities, and a historic brick lighthouse. Just a half mile north of the lighthouse beach is Golden Township Park, which includes access to the Silver Creek Channel. Parking is limited so come early to claim your spot.
If you have an ORV, be sure to make a trip to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes ORV Area Beach that is only accessible by way of the dunes. Last, but not least, Cedar Point Beach is located between Silver Lake and Pentwater off of B-15/Ridge Road. This secluded spot also features a shaded picnic area.
Val-Du Lakes Resort is also conveniently located near other West Michigan beach towns such as Pentwater, Ludington, and Whitehall, providing countless options for day trips.
Learn more about area beaches and parks.
The beautiful rolling countryside of Silver Lake and its surrounding areas is a prime location for great golf courses. Golden Sands Golf Course, located right in Silver Lake, is a fun par 4 course that the whole family can enjoy. The Colonial Golf Course, located a short drive away in Hart, is a nine-hole par 30 heritage course that is great for beginners and experts alike.
Golden Sands Golf Course
2501 Wilson Rd, Mears, MI 49436
The Colonial Golf Course
2763 N 72nd Ave, Hart, Michigan 49420
There are two historic lighthouses nearby including Silver Lake’s own Little Point Sable Lighthouse and the Big Sable Point Lighthouse located just 30 minutes north in Ludington. The lighthouses, both erected in the mid-1870s, are still in operation today and can be toured throughout the summer season.
Little Sable Point Lighthouse
287 N Lighthouse Dr., Mears, MI 49436
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
5611 N Lighthouse, Ludington, MI 49431
Farm Markets & Wineries
Cherry Point Farm Market
9600 W Buchanan Rd, Shelby, Michigan 49455
A long-running family farm and seasonal market, Cherry Point sells fresh produce, homemade pastries, clothing, and souvenirs. This hidden gem is also known for its beautiful lavender labyrinth that blooms in July.
ORV and Watercraft Rentals and Tours
Silver Lake Buggy Rentals
8288 W Hazel Road Mears, MI 49436
Enjoy the freedom and excitement of exploring the Silver Lake Sand Dunes on your own with a dune buggy rental. As the only family-friendly UTV rental outfit in Silver Lake, Silver Lake Buggy Rentals offers a range of UTVs to suit your group.
Mac Wood’s Dune Rides
629 N 18th Ave, Mears, MI 49436
If you didn’t bring your own ORV and want to experience the Silver Lake Sand Dunes with a fun, family-friendly guided tour, Mac Wood’s Dune Rides is a long-time area tradition for many visitors. Enjoy beautiful views and a bit of dune history in a 40-minute ride.
Parrot’s Landing Recreational Rentals
8110 W Hazel Rd, Mears, MI 49436
If you prefer to be your own guide and experience the Silver Lake Sand Dunes at your own pace, Parrot’s Landing offers Jeep rentals by the hour. Also available are wave runners and ski-boats, which can be towed or delivered to nearby inland lakes or Lake Michigan.
Wave Club Water Sports Rentals
1220 N Shore Dr, Mears, MI 49436
Experience the waters of Silver Lake like never before. From kayaks to sail boats, stand up paddle boards to pontoon boats, Wave Club Water Sports Rentals has a variety of watercraft and water sports equipment available for rent, either by the hour or by the day.
Duneland Off-Road Center
1951 N 24th Ave, Mears, MI 49436
A one-stop shop for all your off-roading needs, including sand dune tires, flags, power sports parts, and apparel. Duneland Off-Road Center is conveniently located near the Silver Lake Sand Dunes State Park ORV Entrance.
The Sand Box
8437 W Silver Lake Rd, Silver Lake, MI 49436
From beach gear to apparel, sporting goods to Silver Lake Sand Dune souvenirs, The Sand Box is a charming gift shop located in downtown Silver Lake. Bring home a little memento from your vacation at the dunes!
For more ideas, visit Think Dunes, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes – Hart Visitor Bureau.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I reserve a campsite at Val-Du Lakes Campground?
Call us at (231) 873-CAMP (2267) to inquire about campsite availability and to make a reservation.
Can we have a campsite next to our friends?
Yes, depending on availability. Call us at (231) 873-CAMP (2267) to inquire and reserve sites.
How many people are allowed to camp on a site?
A maximum of 6 individuals per campsite.
How many campsites can be rented at one time?
A maximum of 2 sites.
What"s included with my RV rental?
All of our RV rentals include sheets, comforters, and pillows for 4. We will provide RV toilet paper. Please do not bring your own. Coffee pot & filters will be provided. All units have air conditioning, running water and electric.
How do I get to Val-Du Lakes Campground?
Val-Du Lakes Resort is located at 1573 Wilson Ave, Mears, MI 49436. Get Directions.