Most visitors to Silver Lake come to enjoy the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. And to be sure, there is a lot to do on the dunes! From walking, hiking, and sand boarding to taking Jeep tours and going off-roading, the dunes are a must-see while you stay with us
Silver Lake and Lake Michigan can provide hours and even days of fun swimming, boating, jet skiing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and tubing! Add in the nearby water parks, petting zoos, and museums, and you have all the makings for a memorable family getaway.
Amber Elk Ranch of Ludington is a 130 acre farm that’s home to a huge herd of world class bull elk. The ranch offers hour long wagon tours of the farm and also has a petting zoo with various other animals, a gift shop, and BBQs on Saturday evenings.
2688 W Conrad Rd • Ludington MI 49431
Country Dairy of New Era is a working farm located south of Silver Lake in the small country town of New Era. The farm produces everything from milk and cheese to ice cream and various other dairy and meat products.
Take tours of the show barn, bottling facility, and Moo School, and when you’re finished, grab a tasty sandwich or wrap at the deli or a delicious slice at the Pizza Shoppe. You can purchase all of their products as well as other gifts and specialty items at the Country Dairy Farm Store.
3476 S 80th Ave • New Era MI 49446
Craig’s Cruisers is a staple of Silver Lake and features great family fun. From go-karts and mini-golf to a huge arcade with lots of games and much more, you could spend days at Craig’s Cruisers and still never get enough! Snacks and meals are available, too. Great for birthday celebrations and group outings.
8343 W Hazel Rd • Silver Lake MI 49436
Double JJ Ranch & Gold Resort features a number of pleasurable activities for the whole family. There’s horseback riding, an 18 hole championship golf course, a mechanical bull, karaoke, and much more. There’s even a summer rodeo and the Gold Rush Waterpark, which features wave pools, hot tubs, a lazy river, and other fun water activities.
5900 Water Rd • Rothbury MI 49452
Fast Trax is right in Silver Lake and features bumper cars and go-karts for lots of family fun. Take your kids or go with a group of friends. Go cart rates start at $5 and bumper car rates start at just $3. Fast Trax has been in business for 21 years and is still going strong!
8424 Silver Lake Rd • Silver Lake MI 49436
For a step back in time, visit the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum. This cultural landmark of West Michigan features a museum and two legendary watercraft, the USS Silversides and the USCGC McLane.
The USS Silversides is a World War II submarine, and the USCGC McLane is a prohibition-era Coast Guard cutter. Visit the museum and tour both of these amazing pieces of American history.
1346 Bluff St • Muskegon MI 49441
Since 1963, Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery has been facilitating great family fun in the outdoors with their canoe, kayak, raft, and tube rentals. Head a short distance south to Montague where you can set off on your river trip. Happy Mohawk offers transportation, personal flotation devices, and paddles with all rentals. Try fishing or looking for wildlife on your trip!
401 W Fruitvale Rd • Montague MI 49437
Kids love Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm, a 700 acre farm in New Era, which features fruit orchards, a petting zoo, a gift shop, bakery and lots of unique activities throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
The petting zoo doesn’t just have your run of the mill farm animals either—See an Arabian camel, llamas, alpacas, zebus, deer, emus, prairie dogs, pheasants, peacocks, wallabies, and more! Check out the calendar on their website to see what’s happenin’ at the farm while you’re in town.
4180 W M20 • New Era MI 49446
A tour with Mac Wood’s Dune Rides is absolutely essential when you visit Silver Lake. A historic favorite since 1930, this tour guide hub takes you up on the dunes for an exciting 7 mile tour that lasts approximately 40 minutes. Learn about the history of the dunes from a seasoned guide and see all of the landmarks that this beautiful natural gem has to offer.
629 N 18th Ave • Mears MI 49436
Parrot’s Landing features many ways to have recreational fun in the Silver Lake area. Go on a private Jeep tour or rent your own Jeep to take out on the dunes! If it’s water fun you’re looking for, you can also rent Wave Runners or ski-boats here. Packages are available. See their website for more details.
8110 W Hazel Rd • Silver Lake MI 49436
Rainbow Ranch was established in 1949 and since then, the ranch has been teaching countless numbers of people to ride and enjoy nature at the same time. One on one riding lessons are available for all ages or you can simply purchase tickets for a general horseback ride or wagonette tour. Group and private rates are offered, and tickets can be purchased online.
4345 S 44th Ave • New Era MI 49446
For a fun adventure on the nearby Pere Marquette River, head up to Scottville to rent kayaks, canoes, rafts, or tubes from River Run Canoe Livery. Go with your family or take a small group. Even dogs are welcome! Three seat, 16 foot plastic canoes feature built in cup holders and coolers. With your rental, you’ll get shuttle bus transportation to the river.
600 S Main St • Scottville MI 49454
Check out the dunes at your own pace by taking an ORV (off-road vehicle) out on the sand! Two and 4 seat buggies are available or, if you’re looking for a little more of a rugged trip, try renting a Teryx or K-6 ORV. Because many documents and requirements are necessary to take a vehicle out on the dunes, renting a vehicle from Silver Lake Buggy Rentals is an easy and hassle-free alternative!
8288 W Hazel Rd • Silver Lake MI 49436
Head out on beautiful Silver Lake by renting a Wave Runner, ski boat, canoe, kayak, pontoon, or other craft at Wave Club Water Sport Rentals. They’re just down the road and have everything you’ll need for fun on the water. Many of our guests enjoy renting a pontoon boat or paddle boats for the day. Dock yours on the other shore of Silver Lake and spend some time on the dunes while you’re out!
1220 N Shore Dr • Silver Lake MI 49436
If you’re interested in a rugged off-road experience on the dunes, look no further than Wild Bill’s ATVs. Wild Bill’s has several different off-road vehicles to satisfy your adventurous side. Choose from a Polaris Razor 1000 or a Yamaha Grizzly 350. The latter is a personal ORV while the Polaris Razor 1000 fits 2. Take either of these extreme vehicles out on the dunes for 2 or more hours, or rent for the whole day for the full experience.
8110 W Hazel Rd • Silver Lake MI 49436
If you’re looking for a way to spend a few hours (or the whole day) in nature, the William Field Memorial Hart–Montague Bike Trail is one of the best ways to do it! Go on foot or by bike on this trail, which winds through our beautiful area for 22 gorgeous miles. From Silver Lake, the best place to pick up the trail is in Mears, just a 10 minute drive from our campground.
300 N Griswold St • Hart MI 49420
Whether you’re headed out on the Hart-Montague bike trail or just want to cruise around town, bike rentals and sales are available at The Wood Shed Bike Shop in Montague. This shop offers different sized bikes for the whole family or they can help you tune or repair your own bike if you’ve brought it with you.
1669 N 56th Ave • Mears MI 49436