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Fat-tire biking season at Silver Lake ORV Area

fat-tire bikes parked on dune

Fat-tire biking season at Silver Lake ORV Area

An all-new fat-tire biking season will take place at Silver Lake ORV Area Dec. 15-March 15 from 8 a.m. to dusk each day. Riders will enjoy 450 acres of open sand dunes, elevation changes of 80-100 feet, access to Lake Michigan and sunsets over the lake from the top of the dunes.

Silver Lake State Park
Annual fat-tire riding season: Dec. 15 - March 15
Park in pedestrian parking lot at 8890 West Shore Dr., Mears, Mich.

The DNR also offers a shoreline horseback riding season at Silver Lake State Park Nov. 1-30 (each year).

Rules and tips

  • The annual fat-tire biking season takes place Dec. 15-March 15 from 8 a.m. to dusk.
  • Open riding is permitted within the boundaries of the designated 450-acre ORV area. Please do not enter the area utilized by Mac Woods. View map.
  • Riders must enter the dunes using the down ramp of the ORV area.
  • No e-bikes allowed.
  • No reservations or preregistration are required.
  • A valid Recreation Passport required on all vehicles entering the parking lot. A self-pay station is available at the ORV Area parking lot entrance.
  • Alcohol is prohibited.
  • No drinking water is available. Please plan accordingly.
  • Vault toilets (or outhouses) are located in the parking lot and in the dunes.
  • There is limited refuse service provided for trash.
  • Gates will open every day regardless of conditions and it is the visitor’s discretion to enter the dunes.
  • Riders are asked to call 911 in case of an emergency.

The dunes are an everchanging environment. Drifts and freezing conditions can drastically change the landscape overnight.

fat-tire bikers riding in a line along dune

More info

If you have questions about shoreline riding, please contact the park at 231-873-3083.