Did you know that you can dune in the Midwest? For a failure-friendly summer weekend, first-time off-roaders Kelsey, Jonelle, and Laura packed up their Jeep Wrangler and set course for Silver Lake State Park in Michigan. Boasting over 3,000 acres along the shore of Lake Michigan, Silver Lake State Park is one of the biggest camping destinations in the region. It’s the only dune area open to ORVs east of the Mississippi, and it’s well worth the drive.
State-run parks like Silver Lake are a great place for those who are just getting started with off-roading. Unlike a trip to a larger, more desolate recreation area, at Silver Lake State Park, vehicle speeds are kept a little lower for safety, and traffic is directed in one large loop, so it’s pretty tough to get lost. Plus, just in case, if you end up needing a push or a hand with your vehicle, you’re never too far away from park rangers or fellow drivers for some help.
During this weekend trip, all three ladies were new to off-roading, but eager to try it out and learn some new skills. For other newcomers out there: don’t let yourself get intimidated by the dunes. Having a great weekend at Silver Lake State Park does not require tons of expertise — just the right gear, a little preparation, and a willingness to try.