Silver Lake State Park

Our spot this week looks so idyllic in this photo. Well, photos can be misleading. Silver Lake State Park in Mears Michigan is not very peaceful.

The state park has 450-acre off-road vehicle area which means it’s really noisy and busy here. There also isn’t any privacy between sites and even though they limit 6 people to a site, the rules aren’t enforced.

Recently, I noticed our friend Meg posts photos on Campendium of the view from the front door of her Airstream. I think that’s actually tells you a lot about a site, so I’m going to have to copy her.

This back window shot make me think of our friend Kerri who takes a lot of office view pics.

Anyway, these photos make this place look so much nicer than it is. Too bad we didn’t have someone scout out the good spots before we got here, if we had known, we would have stayed on Green Road at Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area. Brian hasn’t posted photos yet, but he says it’s amazing.

2016 Cost of Camping:
26 nights free camping
157 nights paid camping (thru 7/2)
183 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $4529.58
Daily average cost of camping: $24.75

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  • Reply Douglas Trout July 1, 2016 at 11:18 am

    That place is like the wild west. It looks like a staging area for a Mad Max movie. The Nordhouse Dunes area is much more peaceful and the campground is closer to the dunes. Ludington State Park is the nicest state park in the vicinity but it is tough to snag a reservation in the summer.

    • Reply Leigh July 1, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      It really is! Some people have some crazy looking sand dune vehicles. Six months ago we had a tough time finding a reservation for this week, I wish I knew about the boondocking spots that Brian found, they sound fantastic.

  • Reply Mary Davidson July 3, 2016 at 11:52 am

    To be fair, this is one of the busiest weekends of the year in a state that only gets about 3-4 months of nice weather! Also, its one of the last driving dunes in the State of Michigan so where else can duners go? I’m guessing you would be singing a different tune if you were into off-roading as Mears can’t be beat!! The DNR works very hard to make it safe and enjoyable!! I lived in Mears for 29 years and yes it is load and crazy in the summer time, but that is the price one pays to live in paradise!

    • Reply Leigh July 4, 2016 at 6:54 am

      Hi Mary, We don’t have a problem with duners! We just prefer campgrounds with more privacy and space between sites.

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