Destination guide

Prepare for the sweeping Silver Lake sand dunes

The celebrated sand dunes of Silver Lake lie on the eastern edge of Lake Michigan, tucked away between the shoreline and the shimmering waters of Silver Lake itself. These towering sandy swathes are almost 3 miles long and over a mile wide, attracting more than a million visitors in the summer season alone. They aren't the only attraction though. While staying in a Silver Lake vacation rental, you can take gentle walks along the edge of Lake Michigan, take to the water on paddle boards, cast your line in for a leisurely afternoon of fishing or explore one of the many nearby state parks.

Things to do

Historic centers, wineries and petting farms

If outdoor activities aren't your thing, there is plenty to do for culture vultures and foodies near the Silver Lake vacation rentals. The Fox Barn Market & Winery has seasonal produce like local honey and fruits, as well as year-round daily wine tastings. Alternatively, near to Silver Lake is the Hart Historic District which includes an old school house, a 19th-century church and log cabin. Kids will love Lewis Petting Farm where they can get up close to more than 70 animals, some of which are exotic, and take part in activities like the wagon ride.

Activities

Get your adrenaline fix on the dunes

Most visitors come to Silver Lake for the photo-worthy acres of sand dunes. Though not particularly great for hiking, the dunes serve as an adventure playground for adrenaline junkies who hurtle down them on sand boards and quad bikes. If you stay in one of the Silver Lake vacation rentals, consider booking one of the thrilling Mac Woods Dune Rides, as they've been taking visitors across the dunes for more than 80 years. Oceana County has more to offer though, with numerous state parks, sandy beaches along Lake Michigan, mountain biking trails and inland rivers.

Weather

Book early to avoid disappointment

The high season for Silver Lake vacation rentals is between April and October when the weather is hot and dry. If you plan to visit for summer, book well ahead to avoid disappointment. Outside these months, it's much quieter and the climate can be cool and wet, through there is still much to do on Lake Michigan. During winter, the temperature can plummet to well below freezing, but if you wrap up warm is can be a great time for exploring the snowy wonderland in the state parks, whether by cross country skiing or via snowmobile.

Natural features

A diverse range of habitats

The variety of habitats like marshes, forests and sand dunes, typical of Lake Michigan's shoreline, teem with wildlife. The occasional black bear can be spotted ambling along the water's edge, as are moose and deer in the state parks. Clever beavers try to dam the inland rivers, while playful otters swim along them. In the waters, sea lamprey, crawfish and schools of salmon are prevalent. This marine life brings in wading birds like geese and ducks. Train those binoculars overhead to see hawks and bald eagles circling on the morning thermals, using their perfect vision to spot prey below.

Can I find a vacation rental around Silver Lake?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 435 vacation rentals near Silver Lake. From 197 Cabins to 177 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Silver Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Silver Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Silver Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ludington: 252 vacation rentals
  • Pentwater: 289 vacation rentals
  • Lake Michigan: 11,744 vacation rentals
  • Whitehall: 565 vacation rentals
  • Montague: 311 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Silver Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Silver Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Silver Lake:

  • Ludington: 252 rentals
  • Pentwater: 289 rentals
  • Whitehall: 565 rentals
  • Montague: 311 rentals
  • Shelby: 340 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Silver Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Silver Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ludington Waterfront Park: 301 rentals
  • Charles Mears State Park: 379 rentals
  • Little Sable Point Lighthouse: 311 rentals
  • Silver Lake State Park: 167 rentals
  • Double JJ Water Park: 362 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Silver Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.