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Silver Lake Recreation Area

The 84-acre Silver Lake Recreation Area ("Silver Lake Park") is located at 1785 N. East Silver Lake Road. Amenities at the park include restrooms, grills, a tee-ball field, tennis courts, basketball courts, dog park,  a sledding hill, and a multi-use field for playing catch, football, or tossing a Frisbee. Paved and unpaved walking trails are also  offered. The paved trail loop surrounds the developed portion of the site and measures 3,700 feet long (seven-tenths of a mile). The unpaved trails, which meander around Hidden Lake and near the shores of the north branch of Silver Lake, total about 4,400 feet in length.

There are three picnic pavilions at this park, which may be reserved and are popular for family reunions and company picnics. Pavilion reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a nominal fee. Before submitting your Park Reservation Application, we recommend that you call us at 231-941-1620 to verify that the facility you would like to reserve is available.

Update: The irrigation system which was installed in 2014 was dialed in, and two years of grass development has led to beautiful turf for the most part. We anticipate being able to allow field play on the multi-purpose athletic field for the first time in 2016.

Additionally, a contractor was hired to install a small network of sidewalks connecting the parking areas with existing pathways, the restroom, picnic pavilions, and dog park. These improvements were meant to enhance access to and enjoyment of the park for all users and ability levels, and are already greatly appreciated.

The dog park which was installed in 2014 continues to be a great success, and we are in discussions to install a professionally designed disc golf course at the park in 2016.


When using the dog park, please be sure to familiarize yourself with the park rules and help others to understand them as well. Please click here for a map of the dog park, and click here for dog park rules.

Park Development Plan for Silver Lake Recreation Park.

If you are on Facebook, there is an active dog park user group you may want to join.


Park Map

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This page last updated on 6/21/2016.

3848 Veterans Drive | Traverse City, MI 49684 | 231-941-1620 | fax: 231-941-1588