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Old January 23rd, 2014, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default What's the best campground at Silver Lake?

Myself and my close friends take an annual trip to Silver Lake in June and we normally stay at the state campground but we are running into a few issues with the state park because we have more and more people make the trip with us each year.

There will be about 30-40 people attending (21-50 year olds, but most of us are in our early 20s) and we want to be able to have a good time and be able to drink a little bit without disturbing the neighbors. I know Silver Lake is a family destination, and we want to respect that but the DNR asked us to all be at our own campsites @ 10:30 last year (and they came by and checked on us at least twice an hour) and we would like to be able to all hangout on one site as long as we keep the noise level under control.

So is there a better place to camp around the dunes? I've grown up hearing crazy party stories at the campgrounds there back in the day and we are not expecting things to be that crazy but we all want to have fun. If all of the campgrounds are this way then we will probably just stay at the state park again and have to tone things down a bit.

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Old January 23rd, 2014, 02:10 PM   #2
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I've stayed at most of the places around there over the years and even the "party" places have cracked down. Almost every one has people walking around and telling you to turn off any music and to talk quietly around the fire. Even us adults that have about 8 people talking at 10:30 at normal levels and not really even drinking. I think your only bet if you want to party is some of the rustic camping sites out in the woods, but those are 5 miles from the dunes too.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 02:39 PM   #3
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Tab is right, they are all coming down hard on any noise after 10-11. I know a group that camped a couple times at Silver Lake Resort, one night at 11pm someone from the camp ground walked up to their fire where about a dozen people were around it, dumped a bucket of water on their fire and told then to go to bed, and this was a group of 40ish y.o. couples, with kids.

I have heard that the township has ordinances that fine the camp grounds if a certain level of noise comes from their camp ground after 11pm. Don't know if it is true, but as strict as all of them are being, I believe it.

There is a camp ground with full amenities about 10 miles south, Stoney Lake Camp Ground I believe it is. They might not be as strict.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 03:22 PM   #4
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Yup, 10:30 is quiet time at all campgrounds in that vicinity.
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We used to have fun at ValDu before it changed hands a couple times. When it was first sold 6 or so years ago it sucked, not sure how it is these days though.

We stayed at Silver Lake Campground and Resort for a few years after that and they got progressively more strict. We had a decent sized group(15-20 probably) of 20 somethings. We'd try and get a big block of sites as far out of the way as possible and try and stay near the middle of our block to minimize disturbance to others. We'd have a good time, drink some beer, have a bonfire, etc, but are far from obnoxious or disrespectful to those around us or the security that comes around. When asked to quiet down we quiet down. Long story short, it got to the point of strictness that they drafted up a whole letter telling everybody in our group we're no longer welcome. Apparently everybody should go to sleep as soon as it gets dark....
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 04:11 PM   #6
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Furthermore, it makes no difference to these campgrounds how many people you have in your group now a days. They would rather NOT have large groups to deal with because they will sell every lot, every day, through the prime sand season anyway. Unless you rent a house or cabin you aren't going to silver lake to party anymore. I can say I don't really miss the fireworks and the hill rods revving up their open headered big block at 3 am anymore either.
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its ghey! rent a house and you can be as loud as you want till as late as you want.
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I've stayed at most of the places around there over the years and even the "party" places have cracked down. Almost every one has people walking around and telling you to turn off any music and to talk quietly around the fire. Even us adults that have about 8 people talking at 10:30 at normal levels and not really even drinking. I think your only bet if you want to party is some of the rustic camping sites out in the woods, but those are 5 miles from the dunes too.

I wouldn't mind the rustic sites. Is there a place that has them? I've never seen anything like that on any google searches. I'm used to rustic camping anyways!


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Old January 23rd, 2014, 04:47 PM   #9
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I've never stayed at any of those sites but I know they exist. More like state land campsites, maybe a couple here and there. No office or anything. I'm sure someone here has stayed in those areas.
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Silver City was always the easiest for us. It is most definitely the blandest of the campsites, and no trees for wind/rain/sun shelter, but never had issues having a few brews and sitting around a fire at night. Almost everywhere else we have had issues, even at Val-Du.
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You might try the Hideaway. It's down past Mac Woods. They've changed hands since I stayed there last but there used to be rustic sites in the back.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 07:18 PM   #12
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Find a clearing next to a patch of woods on state property and camp there. Just make sure to get a camping permit so you are legal.
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Our group stays at silver hills, they had some old as grumpy hippie owner that was an ass, he made us turn our radio down in the middle of the day(county music no rap or bs) and it wasn't even loud to begin with just a small one speaker job site radio, they made you put out campfires way early even if you were using it to cook dinner or smores,
Anyways last year they had new owners and were very cool, they own klotz auto, they obviously said don't get too crazy and no giant fire but let us party till wee hours of the morning as long as we were respectable
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Our group stays at silver hills, they had some old as grumpy hippie owner that was an ass, he made us turn our radio down in the middle of the day(county music no rap or bs) and it wasn't even loud to begin with just a small one speaker job site radio, they made you put out campfires way early even if you were using it to cook dinner or smores,
Anyways last year they had new owners and were very cool, they own klotz auto, they obviously said don't get too crazy and no giant fire but let us party till wee hours of the morning as long as we were respectable
I will second that notion about the previous owners, came around and told us fires had to be put out by 10 or they would.
For the last few years, I've been staying at Valdu. Nothing bad to say and are pretty easy going. It seemed like as long as you were with in a couple campsites of yours and not making a ton of noise, they let you go. Plan on going back this year too
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We used to get a little wild at Val du about five years ago
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We rented out the backside of Val Du for my bachelor party. We had lots of people and lots of brew.
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You might try the Hideaway. It's down past Mac Woods. They've changed hands since I stayed there last but there used to be rustic sites in the back.
The only time we stayed at Hideaway a couple of the employees walked into our site and dumped a 5 gallon bucket of water on our fire. This happened around 11:45, they told us we were not being to loud, just that it was getting close to quiet time so the fire was gonna have to be out anyways.
We have never been back, now we have a seasonal at Silver Creek, we have all the fun we want with no problems.
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Yogi is the same, lights out at 10 it seems. My buddy went for his bachelor, his 50ish dad was the only one at the fire. Just sitting there by himself. He got the same treatment as above, asked to put the fire out by someone as old as him.
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Yogi is the same, lights out at 10 it seems. My buddy went for his bachelor, his 50ish dad was the only one at the fire. Just sitting there by himself. He got the same treatment as above, asked to put the fire out by someone as old as him.
This was me last summer. I laughed and said for the money I paid for 4 nights here I'm enjoying the quiet time by the fire by myself. I got an extra hour before he came back again.
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The only time we stayed at Hideaway a couple of the employees walked into our site and dumped a 5 gallon bucket of water on our fire. This happened around 11:45, they told us we were not being to loud, just that it was getting close to quiet time so the fire was gonna have to be out anyways.
We have never been back, now we have a seasonal at Silver Creek, we have all the fun we want with no problems.
That's terrible customer service. Sounds passive-aggressive, and that would have pissed me off. We stayed there last summer and loved it, BUT we were with extended family and our son is one of the two oldest kids at 8 years old. We didn't have any problems hanging out around the fire past 11pm though.

When we stayed at the Jellystone the year before, there was a group that was pretty rowdy with loud music playing well past midnight, but that was one of the weekends adjoining the 4th of July. They were out in the storage lot, and I would imagine that if you were upfront with them and stayed reasonably quiet, they might let things slide a bit. They were far enough away that their drunkenness wasn't a problem; it was just the music that caused a problem. Then again, the "ranger" was too busy to maintain order, so for all I know, they might enforce things more strictly at other times.
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