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Silver Lake State Park

bird's-eye view of Silver Lake State Park shoreline

Silver Lake State Park

The DNR is in the process of developing a new general management plan for Silver Lake State Park in Oceana County. The process typically takes one year to complete and is in the beginning stages. The project is facilitated by Beckett & Raeder Inc., of Ann Arbor. Public and stakeholder input will be a critical part of the process.

A park's general management plan defines a long-range (10- to 20-year) planning and management strategy to protect and preserve the site’s natural and cultural resources and provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities.

The updated Silver Lake plan will replace the park's Phase 1 general management plan completed in 2012 and incorporate goals for the next 10 years. 

About the park

Silver Lake State Park is home to nearly 3 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, 2,000 acres of sand dunes, a modern campground, a day-use area, a boating access site and the popular Silver Lake ORV Area – the only motorized sand dune riding opportunity east of the Mississippi River – and more. Mac Wood's Dune Rides operates an interpretive, 40-minute dune tour in the summer months, and special fat-tire bicycling and horseback riding seasons take place in the winter months. Little Sable Point Lighthouse provides opportunities to climb the 100-foot tower, an experience facilitated by the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association.

Public input

To help develop the draft plan, visitors, local community members, stakeholders and others interested in sharing their opinions, ideas and experiences are invited to participate in an online public survey. The survey will be open until March 3.

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This new general management plan will replace a phase 1 plan approved in 2012.


For more information, contact Debbie Jensen, park management plan administrator for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, at