Buggies may only have a total party of two per two seat buggie. If both parties are of legal age to hold a valid (no restrictions) Driver's License and fall within Silver Lake Buggy Rentals guidelines, these two drivers may switch as they wish. (16 or older - Buggies)
Same applies for Teryx (as the Teryx comes with 2 drivers for free), any additional driver up to 4 per Teryx will be charged $10 per driver. (21 or older - Teryx)
Buggies - 2 drivers with price paid, 2 drivers allowed.
Teryx - 2 drivers with price paid, 4 drivers allowed for an additional $20 ($10 per extra driver)
Yes you can - as long as it is nonalcoholic. We recommend a soft drink or water with a re-closable top.
Teryx have coolers, keep in mind there are many bumps, Typically a picinic type lunch/snacks are not recommened. These do not hold up well in these conditions (not appealing to the eye once it is shook up). * no glass allowed HIDE
The off road vehicle area is approximately 450 acres. It is well marked around the perimeter and the exit is at the South East corner of the area. One can travel in the buggy from the farthest point on the north to the exit in less then 15 minutes if you take a direct route. Just keep Lake Michigan to your right and you will get to the exit area with no problem.
You will be told what time your buggy is due back when you are ready to leave the staging area.
A standard watch is preferred. If using a cellular device, be aware it most likely will switch to Wisconsin time, and will cause you to be late for your pick up. You will need to set a timer on this cellular device if it is your only source of telling time.
Most people get stuck at least once. These buggies have safety limits and, depending on the sand conditions the day of your rental as well as your driving experience in the sand, you may not be able to climb all of the hills. This is not a carnival ride and, as the driver, it is your responsibility to operate the vehicle within its abilities. If you get stuck, turn the car off, get out, unbury the wheels, turn it around and go in a different direction. People on the dunes are very helpful and, if you need help, most people will be happy to assist in any way they can.
To rent you must be 18 for buggies & ATV's, 21 for Teryx. 16 with valid (no restrictions driver's license) to drive a buggie and ATV. 21 with valid (no restrictions driver's license) to drive a Teryx.
Note: if you are under 18 you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign release of liability.
Buggies can achieve top speeds of 35 MPH, however, you must remember to drive at a speed that is safe for the driving situation. We realize faster may be more fun for some, but we are interested in the safety of our customers and their families.
The Teryx may achieve speeds up to 45 MPH, and because of that, the minimum driving age is 21. A mandatory instructional period in the dunes is required to drive the Teryx to assure the vehicle will be driven properly and safely.
Yes, absolutely. Also, if you drive through the water, you will get wet and, if you drive on a lot of hills, you will get bounced around. Pregnant women should not drive or ride in the dune buggies.
Nobody sets out to damage a dune buggy, but accidents do happen. The renter is responsible for all damages to the buggy, passengers, and other persons or vehicles involved in any accidents. Any remaining rental time plus the $750 damage deposit will be forfeited in the event of an accident. If the damages incurred are in excess of the $750 damage deposit, the balance will be charged as well.
While very difficult, it is possible. Flipping a buggy is a result of reckless driving. You will lose your security deposit. You may get injured. You will most likely be issued a reckless driving ticket by the DNR.
Yes. These buggies are very safe. They are built with a low center of gravity so they are not tippy and the passengers are in a 4 point harness inside a complete roll cage. They are the safest type of vehicle on the dunes.
Yes, with the following limitations. The children must NOT be of car seat, booster seat age or weight restrictions in accordance with Michigan Law. If the child is in need of a child seat or booster seat, the ONLY vehicle that these restraint devices are allowed in are the Kawasaki Teryx's. Same laws exist in the ORV park as do on the public roads in Michigan.
Michigan law requires:
Children younger than age 4 must ride in a car seat; children up to age 8 and/or 4'9" and UNDER to be in a car or booster seat. Children between 40 and 80 pounds require a booster seat, the MUST ride in one of these restraint devices until they reach the age requirement or height requirement. HIDE
They can be. The sand dunes are the busiest in July and the first three weeks in August. The three holidays are very busy. If you visit during those times there will be a lot of traffic on the sand dunes.
A State Park sticker, Trail permit and an ORV sticker. All are available at the DNR Welcome Center.
ORV flag. This must be attached to the front of your vehicle if you sit in the vehicle. If you sit on the vehicle (ATV or motorcycle) the flag must go on the back. We sell several differently priced flags. We also sell many brackets to help attach the flag to your vehicle. In addition to selling the hardware you will need we have people that can install it for you for a minimum charge of $10.00 for most applications. We have been told by many people that having the flag installed was the best money they spent. We design all our flag brackets and have welding and machining on site for any installation challenges.
Air gauge. You will need to have an air gauge so you can deflate your tires to approx. 12 lbs. or less while on the dunes. You will then need to reinflate them when you leave the ORV area before driving on the highway.
We must pay for the cost of an operating lease with the State of Michigan to use the ORV area. The snowmobile rentals do not have to do this. The insurance requirements of the lease agreement are staggering. Then the maintenance costs for maintaining the equipment to run on sand, day in and day out, are astronomical. Even the IRS audited us due to our maintenance costs and ended up agreeing that they were all valid. The maintenance costs do not come out of the damage deposits. The only charges on the damage deposit are driver error expenses such as driving the vehicle into deep water and causing damage to engines, air filters, etc. or hitting something in the ORV area such as a tree, vehicle or driftwood, etc.
No, the number of seats rented is the number of persons we can/will transport to the park. The sand dunes have become very busy and extra passengers/spectators causes a safety risk. There is not a good/safe spectator staging area at the park.