Silver Lake State Park to host first winter fat-tire biking season


MEARS, MICH. — Michigan’s Silver Lake State Park is offering another way to enjoy the park’s beloved sand dunes with the addition of an all-new fat-tire biking season this winter.

The parks’ first fat-tire biking season will be open at Silver Lake ORV area from December 15 through March 15, Michigan DNR officials announced this week. Throughout those months, riders can enjoy more than 450 acres of open, ever-shifting sand dunes with elevation changes of 80-100 feet, with access to Lake Michigan.

Fat-tire biking is the latest in Silver Lake’s expanding recreation opportunities, which most recently included the park’s first-ever shoreline horseback riding season.

The new winter biking season is the result of a collaboration between the DNR, Shoreline Cycling Club and Michigan’s Edge Mountain Biking Association, which created a successful pilot program to determine that fat-tire biking was feasible and of interest to riders, according to the DNR.

A valid Recreation Passport is required for entry to all state parks. For more information and details on Silver Lake’s fat-tire biking rules and regulations, visit this DNR page or Michigan.gov/SilverLake.

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