there, you can climb just a few dunes, or go a little farther
to the shores of Silver Lake.
Other ways to
check out the dunes:
No matter which option you choose,
you're sure to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery Michigan
has to offer.
On our first trek into the dunes,
we entered on foot from Silver Lake State Park. Although
it's a beautiful walk, it's also very tiring walking up the
larger dunes- especially if it's hot! We climbed over the largest
of all the dunes, plus a couple more on the way to the beach
at Silver Lake. Brendan (who's 10) kept us going with the rallying
cry "No whining!" We played at the beach awhile before
we headed back over the dunes. Colin, who's 4 couldn't make
it up the last hill. Dad had to carry him-- along with the camera
bag, backpack, and extra water. WHEW! The natural beauty of
the dunes makes walking them worth every step. If you go, bring
lots of water, and try to go in the morning or evening to avoid
the hot mid-day sun.
The Mac Woods Dune Rides are also
a great way to see the dunes.
The drivers are very knowledgeable and provide humorous little
anecdotes to entertain you along the way. You'll also get to
visit areas of the dunes that you can't see any other way.
After you're done at the dunes,
have fun in town at the go-kart track, or play a round of putt-putt
golf. There's also a nice scenic drive you can take to the restored
Little Point Sable Lighthouse on the
Shore of Lake Michigan. For a small donation you can take a
tour of the lighthouse. Climb the circular staircase to the
top revealing a great view of the Lake Michigan shoreline! One
word of caution- if you're afraid of heights you may want to
stay on the ground here. The staircase is very steep, and when
you go outside at the top, it's a little scary!
If you're in Western
Michigan, be sure to check out the Silver Lake Sand Dunes! Check
out more pics and puzzles on our Silver
Lake puzzle page!