The Mac Wood’s Dune Rides were started by Mac Woods in 1930, as a way to entertain guests staying at his lodge. Soon, neighbors and visitors alike were encouraging him to make it a business. Mac Wood’s Dune Rides have been providing safe, fun-filled, educational dune rides to the public ever since. Today, they are one of Michigan’s leading tourist attractions, with thousands of visitors experiencing the dune rides each year.
Growing up in West Michigan, I had always heard about Silver Lake and the dunes. However, until recently, I had never been. I thought the only way to access the dunes was to have your own 4×4 vehicle. So, I was pleasantly surprised to hear about the Mac Wood’s Dune Rides. I highly recommend taking this tour. It really is the best way to see and experience the dunes. They have access to areas of the sand dunes that aren’t accessible any other way- other than hiking. This allows visitors to experience the dunes natural beauty.
Visitors climb aboard a 20-passenger “dune scooter” which is modified with aircraft tires, allowing for precise control out on the dunes. Be sure to buckle your seatbelt and hold on to your hat! The tour itself is about 7 miles long and lasts about 40 minutes. Our guide was very knowledgeable and good at mixing history and information with humor, making for a very entertaining ride. During the tour you’ll see the diverse eco-culture of the dunes, with breathtaking views of Silver Lake and Lake Michigan, all while experiencing a thrilling dune ride.
So, the next time you’re up for a day trip or find yourself visiting the Silver Lake area, I highly recommend experiencing the Mac Wood’s Dune Rides. Please visit their website for more information.
Please join us in congratulating Mac Wood’s Dune Rides on a successful 85 years!