Opening day at the dunes is only days away! And lest any necessary COVID-19 restrictions occur in the meantime, it’s full speed ahead for a summer of sun, sand, and surf!
Are you ready?
Below, we’ve outlined everything you need to get yourself and your vehicle prepared for the dunes this summer — plus some information on what’s new with businesses in the area.
Pending any unexpected COVID-19 restrictions, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes will be open as usual for the 2021 season.
Never visited us before? Welcome! The Dunes at Silver Lake span 2,000 acres along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Altogether, the area is divided into three sections. In order from north to south, these sections are designated for:
Hit the ORV area in your own dune-ready vehicle or one you rent in town, or enjoy the dunes on foot in the hiking area. Mac Wood’s Dune Rides also offers family-friendly dune tours all summer long.
The Silver Lake Sand Dunes will be open 7 days a week from April 1st through October 31st, 2021.
Dune hours vary depending on where we are in the season:
April 1st – April 30th 9:00am – 8:00pm
May 1st – September 15th 9:00am – 10:00pm
September 16th – October 31st 9:00am – 8:00pm
You may bring your own off-road vehicle or rent one in town. In order to operate an ORV on the dunes, you must:
Those who plan to use their own ORVs on the dunes (instead of renting) must:
Your vehicle must:
Find out more about Michigan DNR dune requirements according to your vehicle type [ https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79148_80314_80651-424071–,00.html ].
Currently, Silver Lake Area businesses are slowly opening back up as usual for the summer season. Campgrounds near the dunes are not open yet, but some hotels, motels, and resorts are — especially in the Hart area.
Also in the Hart area, nearly all restaurants and shops are open.
Other establishments currently open include:
As the summer season approaches, we expect most area establishments to open normally as well.
After a year like 2020, we’re all looking forward to a more normal summer season in 2021. Ideally, we’ll be returning to warm summer nights spent with family and friends, fireworks on the 4th of July, and lots of dune and beach time!
Here’s to a year of getting back to normal and a great summer on the dunes!
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