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Berrien County Parks - Get Away Right Away!

Silver Beach

Silver Beach County Park is located in St. Joseph, Michigan at the mouth of the St. Joseph River.  Silver Beach County Park features a clean, wide beach on Lake Michigan and public access to the South Pier.  Of the Park's 2,450 feet of Lake Michigan frontage, 1,600 feet are dedicated for a public swimming area in the summer months.  Silver Beach became a Berrien County Park in the early 1990's, and many improvements have been made over the years to make it a premier tourist destination in Southwest Michigan.

Swimming in Lake Michigan can be dangerous. Learn more about rip currents and recognizing unsafe water conditions with these Water Safety Resources.  View the National Weather Service of Northern Indiana Surf Forecast to learn swim conditions at Silver Beach County Park. View the beach at the Silver Beach Cam, click on sign on left side of screen. 


  • Alcohol is NOT allowed.
  • Portable grills are NOT allowed.
  • Pets must be on a leash and remain on the sidewalk (no pets in the water or on the sand or beach).
  • View the complete list of Silver Beach Rules for a safe visit to the beach.

Park Activities

Park Amenities

Pavilion & Rental Facilities

 Silver Beach Wedding Page

 Silver Beach History

Park Hours: The Park is open 5 a.m. to Dusk, daily. Vehicles must be out of the parking lot by 12 midnight. The Park is open year-around.

Restroom Facilities: Restrooms are open May through mid-October. The Park is open during the off-season, but restroom facilities are not available during the off-season.

Daily Entry Fee: $6/vehicle for Berrien County residents; $12/vehicle for non-residents. Purchase an Annual Entrance Permit for only $35. Cash or check only. Checks made out to "Berrien County Parks Department".  

Parking: Parking space at Silver Beach is on a first come first serve basis.

Busses & RV's: Large vehicles must pay for the number of spaces taken up by the vehicle and surrounding set up, if any. $6/parking space for Berrien County residents; $12/parking space for non-residents. Receipts are available. Overnight parking is prohibited. Vehicles must be out of the parking lot by 12 midnight.

Rules: Pets are allowed on sidewalks when leashed. Pets are not allowed on the sand or in the water. Alcohol is prohibited at all Berrien County Parks. Portable grills are not allowed. Berrien Parks Rules Ordinance

Silver Beach County Park
101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Location Map & Directions

Beach Office 269-982-0533
Parks Main Office 269-983-7111 x8435


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