Scenic USA - Michigan
Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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Natural harbors up and down the Lake Michigan's shoreline were a boon to early trade and small town prosperity. Large sand dunes west of Hart and Silver Lake restricted any type of connection with the lake. Remaining undeveloped, this section of dunes slowly became a park with the first 25 acres donated in 1919.
This view across Silver Lake gives a small sampling of the sand dune barrier. Today, the state park takes in almost 3,000 acres and four miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. Silver Lake State Park attracts boaters and anglers with a very productive lake. But, the big draw in this park, in the northern section, is 2,000 acres of sand dunes, where all-terrain vehicles are permitted. Silver Lake is one of the only parks in the country allowing motorized vehicle access to the dunes.
Dune bashing is big in the summer months, when the younger crowds fly up and over the tall dunes. Special rules are in place to accommodate a safe afternoon of entertainment. An attractive lighthouse, Little Sable Point Light, is found just to the south of the main park entrance. The beach and lighthouse can be a relaxing get-away from the crowds found in the main section of the park, where camping, hunting, swimming, picnicking and dune rides are popular.
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