Beaches & Parks

There’s no shortage of things to do in the Silver Lake Sand Dunes area. From the dunes and beaches, to shopping and dining, you’ll be hard-pressed to feel bored while you’re in town! Spend a while perusing our many attractions and sites below. Just don’t waste too much time looking — there’s fun to be had!

Additional information on local things to do can be found at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes – Hart Visitors Bureau website or

  • Michigan Trails

    Hart-Montague Trail

    The Hart-Montague “Rail Trail” is the perfect place to bike, walk, or run. Spanning 22 miles along the beautiful orchards, fields, and rolling hills of West Michigan, this is a great way to get some exercise and spend time with your family. Pick up the trail in nearby Mears to head northeast toward Hart, or go south toward Shelby, New Era, and Montague/Whitehall.

  • Silver Lake Sand Dunes ORV Area Beach

    You'll need an ORV to get to this beach, but you'll be glad you came. You can either get own vehicle “Dune Ready” and head out on your own or rent an ORV from one of the many rental establishments in the area.

    As you cross the beautiful rolling hills of the sand dunes, you’ll soon see the stunning vista of Lake Michigan spread before you. Head down to the beach at your leisure and spend as much time as you can allow taking in this beautiful area. You’ll likely see a long line of ORVs there, which may remind you a bit of Daytona Beach (though there is no driving allowed directly on the beach).

    Access to this beach is from the ORV dune entrance area off 24th Ave. at Silver Lake.

  • a beach on Lake Michigan

    Cedar Point

    An afternoon well spent is an afternoon at Cedar Point Beach. This 3 acre stretch of beach plus park and picnic area is great for swimming, playing beach sports, and picnicking.

    The park features picnic tables and restrooms. To get down to the beach, take the multi-tiered wooden steps through the forest canopy. A great secluded area for spending time at the lake.

    Located along the shore of Lake Michigan between Silver Lake and Pentwater off B-15.

  • lighthouse on the beach

    Little Sable Point Lighthouse Beach

    Whether you come during the day for laying out and swimming or in the evening for the best sunset location in the county, you won't be disappointed with this beach. As you lay in the sand or play in the waves, you’ll see the beautiful, red brick lighthouse built in the late 1870s on the shore. If you go at the right time, tours of the lighthouse are also available.

    At this beach, there is a large parking area, and restroom facilities are nearby. Note: The walk out to the water from the parking lot involves some dune crossing and climbing.

    Located 1/2 mile south of Golden Township Park.

  • The sunset over Lake Michigan

    Golden Township Park

    A small parking lot is the only thing that holds this beach back from being the number one beach in the Silver Lake area. Visitors may notice that this stretch of beach seems to change each year due to the Silver Creek Channel that flows through it to Lake Michigan.

    This warm water channel is actually what makes this beach perfect for families—young kids love the channel while older kids and adults are attracted to the Big Lake. Walkers will also have easy access to Little Sable Point Lighthouse on this beach.

    Located off Silver Lake Road 1/4 mile north of the Lighthouse.

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