Re: Silver Lake Dunes..
Silver Lake Sand Dunes are located in Mears, Michigan. It's on the west shore of the state about half an hour from Muskegon.
Don't go on the weekends. The "weekend warriors" from all over the place including Chicago come up there. It tends to get pretty wild on the weekends. If you watch you'll see that NONE of the locals go out there on the weekends.
The biggest problem with the dunes has been the five different kinds of traffic and the failure of just about everyone to use spotters and obey the directional traffic. Oh, and the *******s that pick the worst spots to park. I haven't been there since they started enforcing the noise and spark arrestor rules.
There are five kinds of traffic:
1. Fast people in sandrails, dirt bikes, three wheelers, and quads. AKA anything with paddles. These people get really tired of waiting on the slow people to quick gawking and not paying attention to their surroundings. These paddled-peoples with more horsepower than brains often need spotters but usually don't use them. They often travel in packs of 3-20. Most of the time they see anyone without paddles as nothin' but lapped traffic.
2. Old people in their stocker Trackers, Jeeps, "badass" Z71s, Fx4s, Expeditions, et cetera. They don't pay any attention to their surroundings and often are the first ones in an accident or stuck. They can be found shaking their fist at all the people that dare go faster than 10mph. They can be found near the beach gumming their dentures and cleaning their underwear.
3. Rich people with more money than brains. They bring their bling-bling Z71 extended cab shortboxes with a 12" whiplash lift and 1/2 ton IFS. They undoubtedly break things like mad. They can also be found bringing $100,000 Hummers out and driving it through the 6' deep water bowls continuously until it hydrolocks and they need three or four of the #5 people to help them get out.
4. People, often families, in their jerry-rigged Bronco, Jeep, K5, or pickup tooling around the dunes nervous of everyone around them because no one is paying attention but them it seems. They're the ones you usually find near the beach with their rig pissing antifreeze all over the sand.
#5. The regular joe and often his family or friends. He can be found saying "man, some of those people out there...". They take several days to get used to the omnidirectional traffic since they're so used to trails and not having people coming at them from all different directions. They're smart enough to bring extra parts and fluids. Chances are the spare starter they remembered to bring won't even be used by them. There is a good chance they'll spend their time pulling out (#3 people) or helping repair someone else's rig (#4 people).