There are just over 600 parking spaces at Silver Beach County Park. A parking fee is charged from May - September. The Park Ranger at the entrance will process the parking fee (cash, check or card - annual County Park Entrance Permits are available). Guests can then enter and turn left (south) or right (north) to park. The parking lot at the far North of the property provides the closest access to the Dunes and Shadowland Pavilions, as well as the South Pier of the St. Joseph River.
On nice, warm, sunny summer days, the parking lot may fill to capacity at times during the day. Parking is on a first-come-first-serve basis. When the parking lot is full, meaning there are no more parking spaces available for guests to park, Rangers will close off the parking lot entrance with "Lot Full" signs. Visitors must find alternative parking. Staff continuously monitors the parking lot during times of "Lot Full" and will open up the entrance to vehicles at appropriate intervals. Alternative parking can be found behind the Silver Beach Center/Carousel or within the City of St. Joseph.