Lake Michigan Beaches
Nothing compares to the beauty and drama of Lake Michigan. Spring, summer, fall or winter, with calm or stormy seas, Lake Michigan calls to the visitor all year long. From quiet walks at sunset to kite boarding on cloudy and cool days, Lake Michigan and its beaches have something to offer everyone.
Silver Lake Dunes Area is blessed with several miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline perfect for sunning, swimming and searching for beach glass. Access Lake Michigan from the Dunes after an energetic hike and refresh yourself in the cool waters.
Cedar Point is also a great place for spending the afternoon at the beach. The 3-acre park provides swimming, a picnic area and restrooms. Multi-tiered wooden steps lead visitors from the high bank bluff above, through the forest canopy, to the beach below. If you are looking for a more secluded and intimate beach location - this is it! It’s located on route B-15 along the shores of Lake Michigan between Silver Lake and Pentwater.
State Park Campground is open to the general public. Enjoy a sandy beach, swim area and a view that can't be beat - the Silver Lake Sand Dunes! State Park facilities also include picnic tables, pavilion, and restrooms. A day pass is needed to use this beach area and can be purchased at the campground registration booth. A Public boat launch is also available.
Park in the pedestrian area parking lot and walk back out the entrance and to the beach on the west side of Silver Lake. The other option is to boat across Silver Lake and moor on the beach and enjoy the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.
You'll need an ORV to get to this beach, but you'll be glad you came. Imagine access to nearly 2,000 acres of natural rolling sand dunes bordering Lake Michigan and Silver Lake. Imagine a long row of ORV's lined up along the beach (reminds you a bit of Daytona Beach except there is no driving allowed directly on the beach). Dune vehicle rentals are available to help you get there. Access to this beach is from the ORV dune entrance area off 24th Ave. at Silver Lake.
A small parking lot is the only thing that holds this beach back from being the #1 beach in the Silver Lake area. This huge beach changes each year due to the Silver Creek Channel flowing out to Lake Michigan. The warm-water channel satisfies the younger swimmers while the Big Lake attracts the older, adventurous folks. Beach walkers will also like the easy access to Little Sable Pt. Lighthouse, just a short walk down the beach. Located off Silver Lake Road 1/4 mile north of the Lighthouse.
Whether you come during the day for sunning and swimming or at night for the best sunset location in the county - you won't be disappointed with this beach. The beautiful red brick lighthouse built in the late 1870's is a must see. Large parking area and restroom facilities are available. The walk out to the beach involves some dune crossing and climbing. Located 1/2 mile south of Golden Township Park. Requires a State Park Sticker.
Cedar Point is a great place for spending the afternoon at the beach. The 3-acre park provides swimming, a picnic area and restrooms. Spectacular multi-tiered wooden steps lead visitors from the high bank bluff above, through the forest canopy, to the beach below. If you are looking for a more secluded and intimate beach location - this is it! It’s located on B-15 along the shores of Lake Michigan between Silver Lake and Pentwater.