Silver Lake Sand Dunes Camping

While snow may be blanketing the Silver Lake Sand Dunes at the moment, summer will be here sooner than you think! Here in Silver Lake, many area campgrounds are already taking reservations, making now the perfect time to reserve your spot.


Why Choose Silver Lake as Your Summer Camping Destination?

Never camped at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes before? Here’s why seasonal visitors keep coming back every year.


The Dunes

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are one of the most unique landscapes in the entire Midwest. The area boasts more than 850,000 visitors annually! With acres upon acres of sand (over 2,900!) and four miles of freshwater shoreline, this natural landform is a literal playground for a range of fun outdoor activities. You can rent an ORV and drive the dunes, trek the sand on foot, or take a Mac Woods Dune Ride tour — just to name a few.


Lake Living

Around here, lake living is a way of life. Not only is Lake Michigan the backdrop to all we do in the Silver Lake Area, we also have many inland lakes to enjoy. No matter what your personal taste is, you’ll find something fun to do in or around the water. Boating, canoeing, fishing, and swimming are always on the agenda.

And if you’re not up for heading in the waves? Simply stake out your spot on the beach, lay back, and soak up the sun!


Shopping and Attractions

Even at the dunes, rainy days happen. And when they do, it’s always nice to have some indoor activities lined up as a backup plan. Luckily, in the Silver Lake Area, there’s as much to do inside as there is to do outside. For starters, there’s shopping for every interest — from clothing stores and gift shops, to general stores and antique shops.

And when you’re not in the mood for simply browsing, just head to our Things to Do page. There, you’ll find a long list of indoor activities to pique your interest: Arcades, historic sites, museums, art galleries, wineries, and more.


3 Steps to the Perfect Camping Trip

Ready to start making your summer camping trip a reality? Putting your vacation in motion takes just 3 simple steps:

 1. Choose your dates.

The best camping spots at the dunes go fast — especially as spring rolls around. So, it’s wise to schedule your trip [ ] as early as possible. This is especially true for popular dates such as opening day at the Silver Lake State Park, Memorial Day weekend, the 4th of July, and Labor Day.

2. Select your lodging.

How do you like to camp? Silver Lake Sand Dunes has it all. Choose from rustic cabins, tent camping sites, RV spots, and more. Camping not your thing? If that’s the case, not to worry. The Silver Lake Area boasts a range of lodging options and things to do for non-campers as well.

3. Start filling up your vacation days with fun activities in the Silver Lake Area!

At this point, all that remains of your plans is to fill up your schedule with fun things to do. Check out our Attractions and Places to Eat pages to start making your arrangements now.

A relaxing and memorable summer camping trip awaits at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes — Start planning today!