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Park visitors can access the South Pier, at the mouth of the St. Joseph River, from Silver Beach County Park. Always proceed with extreme caution, and stay off the pier during any inclement weather or during wave action on Lake Michigan. The South Pier provides a beautiful view of the St. Joseph Lighthouse. The lighthouse is actually located on the North Pier. The North Pier is accessible from Tiscornia Beach, which is a St. Joseph City owned beach, located at 80 Ridgeway Street, St. Joseph. Enjoy great fishing on the South and North Piers. Fish for:
Rainbow trout (steelhead)
Silver Beach County Park features a barrier-free walkway from the parking lot, along the beach front and throughout the Park. The walkway takes visitors to the Dunes Pavilion, Shadowland Pavilion, and up to the South Pier. Sidewalks at Silver Beach County Park lead visitors out of the Park and connect to the Whirlpool Compass Fountain, Silver Beach Center, leading to the bluff and the downtown St. Joseph area.
Beach wheelchair and Beach Walker are available to use in the summer, free, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Stop in the beach office (the building next to the Restroom buildings) to reserve.Guests will be required to leave behind a driver's license or ID when using the wheelchair or walker. The ID will be returned upon return of the wheelchair or walker. Wheelchair and walker are not self-propelled and require someone to push the chair. They must stay on Silver Beach County Park property at all times.
Wally & Gertz, the concession stand at Silver Beach County Park, is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. Wally & Gertz is centrally located at the park, just off the parking lot and near the restroom area. Enjoy a hotdog, hamburger, fries, cheese fries, ice cream, cold beverages, and much more!
There are drinking fountains located in the main restroom buildings, inside both the Men’s and Women’s southern facing restrooms. There is a drinking fountain on the outside the restroom building located near the South Pier (pictured here). And, for all those thirsty kids and pets, there is a drinking fountain near the main playground/south parking lot, too.
Silver Beach County Park has barbecue grills available to guests, which are perfect for family picnics. There are several grills located in the north section of the park for public use. These grills are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. There is also a grill available at the Dunes Pavilion and at the Shadowland Pavilion. The grills at the pavilions are available to beach guests as long as the pavilion is not rented that day. Guests must bring their own charcoal and properly dispose of the hot coals in the hot coal disposal bins that are conveniently located near the grilling area. Any and all personal, portable grills are prohibited. Do not bring personal grills to Silver Beach County Park. For safety of beach guests, use only the grills provided.
During the summer, guests can rent kayaks and stand up paddleboards at the south end of Silver Beach County Park. Explore Silver Beach from beyond the shoreline!
In the height of summer season, Silver Beach County Park Lifeguards are scheduled to be in their towers from 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily, whenever possible and weather permitting. Silver Beach lifeguards are there for the protection and safety of the visitors, and work in cooperation with Law Enforcement and Beach Rangers to enforce park rules. Lake conditions are monitored each day by the Silver Beach Lifeguards and Park Staff, with assistance from National Weather Service and other weather/water condition experts. A determination will be made daily whether the water conditions are safe for swimming. Lifeguards are scheduled and expected in their towers from early June to mid-August, weather permitting.
When Lifeguards are on duty, Water Safety Flags are postedat each Lifeguard tower. These colored flags indicate water conditions:◦ Green: okay to swim but still use caution◦ Yellow: swim with caution◦ Red: no swimming allowed
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Covered in sand? Worried about how much sand you are going to bring back with you to your vehicle and home? Rinse all of the extra sand off at the Outdoor Showers at Silver Beach County Park. Outdoor Showers are located on the beachside of the main restroom buildings, as well as just south of the playground along the beach sidewalk.
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.
Overlooking Lake Michigan the piers and the mouth of the St. Joseph River, the Dunes Pavilion at Silver Beach is a nice location for small weddings, family reunions, and group gatherings during the warmer months. The Dunes Pavilion accommodates up to 75 to 100 chairs for a ceremony. The Parks Department does not have chairs available. The Dunes Pavilion can accommodate about 50 people seated at picnic tables. Picnic tables are available for use at no extra cost. The pavilion has electricity and use of the adjacent charcoal grill.
The use of tents, popups, inflatable items and other miscellaneous free standing entities is prohibited unless approved by the Parks Commission staff. The County Parks Director or his/her designee, reserves the right to cancel or terminate events and activities on County properties if necessary to safeguard persons or property.
RENTAL FEE - DUNES PAVILIONWeekday (excluding holidays): Resident $100; Non-Resident $200Weekend and Holiday: Resident $200; Non-Resident $400Parking Fees Apply for Guests of Rental Party = $8 per vehicle.Resident status = a resident of Berrien County, Michigan.
Located along the channel of the St. Joseph River, the Shadowland Pavilion at Silver Beach County Park is an ideal location for a wedding, family celebration, or larger group gathering during the warmer months. Accommodates approximately 250 chairs underneath the pavilion for a ceremony, with plenty of room for an aisle and alter area. The Parks Department does not have chairs available. The Shadowland Pavilion can accommodate up to 160 people seated at picnic tables under the pavilion. Picnic tables are available at no extra cost. The pavilion includes electrical outlets and a charcoal grill.
RENTAL FEE - SHADOWLAND PAVILIONWeekday (excluding holidays) Reservation Fee: Resident $175, Non-Resident $350Weekend and Holiday Reservation Fee: Resident $350, Non-Resident $700Parking Fees Apply for Guests of Rental Party = $8 per vehicleResident status = a resident of Berrien County, Michigan.
The Green Room is located near the Shadowland Pavilion. The Green Room is a private, secure air conditioned/heated room that can be rented along with a Pavilion rental. RENTAL FEE - GREEN ROOMReservation Fee: Resident $50, Non-Resident $100Resident status = a resident of Berrien County, Michigan.
The playgrounds at Silver Beach County Park are very popular all year long. They feature many slides, gliders, swings, monkey bars, climbing features, and (of course) plenty of sand to play with! There are benches located around the play areas for parents to rest and watch the kids enjoy playing for hours. The main playground is located in the center of the park and "boat playground" is located toward the northern end of the park.
Silver Beach County Park has a variety picnic tables located throughout the park. Silver Beach is a great location for family picnics and reunions. All tables located outside of pavilions are first-come-first-serve.
Silver Beach County Park has two restroom facility locations. The main restrooms are located north of the concession stand. The "Pier Restroom" is located at the north end of the park property near the Shadowland Pavilion and Pier.
Silver Beach County Park features a clean, wide beach on Lake Michigan and public access to the South Pier on the St. Joseph River. Of the Park’s 2,450 feet of Lake Michigan frontage, about 1,600 feet are dedicated for a public swimming area in the summer months. Inflatable water rafts are allowed, but they are not suggested. Due to the unpredictable nature of Lake Michigan, rafts and floating devices can be dangerous. Paddles of any kind are NOT allowed. Lifeguards are on duty from early-June through mid-August. Guests are strongly encouraged to take extreme precaution when swimming in Lake Michigan, never swim alone, watch children closely, and follow the park rules.
Enjoy the volleyball courts located along Silver Beach! Many local individuals form teams with friends and hold local tournaments at these courts located along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline.