Silver Lake Sand Dunes
During your visit at Silver Lake Sand Dunes, you will find an endless amount of sand piled into lofty mountains, miles of pristine shoreline beaches, unique attractions and events, great food, excellent accommodations and memory-making family fun…all to explore. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are the only dunes East of Utah where you are allowed to drive a private motorized vehicle from April 1st through October 31st .
For what it is, it is ok. The ORV area is pretty small to ride on a weekend, a lot of people in a tiny park. Views are good but the park its self is a little over regulated. The workers will go through all your coolers and trailers before getting in, so that makes it difficult if you are camping in the area. You must also have an extra state park permit not just the two Michigan ORV permits, lucky they sell those, but its not onsite but down the street so that is a pain. And your flag must also be a ridiculous length and orange, make its hard if you have a dirt bike and 15 foot flag attached. Good thing there is a shop across the street that sells them for a cheap price of $35, rip off. I have rode in a few different states and different dunes and have never seen this amount of regulation.
Great area -- voucher system misunderstood!!!! Vouchers are only needed if you want to park in the "pit" parking lot -- if you are dune ready you can access the dunes by just proceeding to the dune entrance --- so just air down prior to entering orv area -- you can do that at the air-up lot just down road from dune access - good size parking and lots of air stations ----- if you are quading/cycling and not street legal then you have to voucher park to unload in parking area
This is my first time here I normally go to Mio Michigan and they also have a sandhill called bull Gap and also 200 miles of a trail system that is awesome. It takes days to go through the trail system from City to City and there are bars you can drive to and the only thing you need is to have Trail stickers to be on the trail and no other expenses but the system they have in place for the dunes is ridiculous and and I agree with the other reviews that the voucher system and the tags are ridiculous for just riding the dunes. The DNR should not be responsible for this system because it is like a organized crime just to ride on some sand and should be taken away and privately owned. Mio Michigan will be my only place to go to ride my side by sides and four wheelers from now on if you haven't been there please check it out. You are allowed to ride your machines through town and on side streets as long as you are not on the main Highway m33 is the only restrictions you have. I would rather only spend money on gas and food to go ride my machines in the woods and sand. When you pay taxes in Michigan you should not have to spend $200 on vouchers and stickers to ride on your own land that we pay for. I love getting up in the morning putting on my helmet and getting on my 4 wheeler or side-by-side get on the trail system and ride for days.
Awesome place, well monitored and ran with professionalism. Came down from Canada several times. Lots to do after hours in town...go carting, mini putt..zip lining...Must add to your ride list !!
R with a green circle around the letter failed to say that needing a, (I forget what he called it and having to go the day before to get one) only applied if you were wanting to drive your own vehicle on the dunes. A bit of important information left out of his post because I called to find out what that was all about. At this point, the 4 stars is only based on the info about Silver Lake Dunes. Planning a trip up there in August or early September so the rating could change.