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Soak up the sun at these local beaches! 

Lion's Park Beach

Lions Park Beach located at the south end of Lions Park Drive, has three shelters, public restrooms, grills, picnic tables, and playground equipment. There are no lifeguards and swimming at this beach is discouraged.

There is a small daily per car parking fee for both residents and non-residents. Residents may obtain a free seasonal parking permit and non-residents may purchase a seasonal parking permit from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall.

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Rocky Gap County Park

Overlooking Lake Michigan from a bluff in Benton Township, Rocky Gap County Park provides a wonderful place to enjoy the Lake Michigan shoreline.

There's a beach with 1,100 feet of lake frontage, an overlook platform, and spectacular views of the lake. It is an ideal location to take a relaxed lunch break, enjoy a sunset, or cool off with a quick swim.

Pets allowed in the parking lot with a 6' leash. 

LOWER PARK AMENITIES
Parking Lot
Vault Restrooms
Picnic Shade Shelter
2 Picnic Tables
Benches
Hard Surface Beach Access Ramp


UPPER PARK AMENITIES
Parking Lot
2 Picnic Pods with 2 Tables Each
Lake Michigan Overlook Deck with Pergola
Benches


RESTROOM FACILITIES
Vault restroom facilities are located in the lower portion of the park and are open late Spring - early Fall.

Park Open: April - October
Park Hours: Approx 8 am to dusk, daily

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Silver Beach County Park

Located in St. Joseph 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. It is a favorite destination for a variety of beach and river front activities, ranging from swimming and beach volleyball to sunset strolls. Children's playground structures, barrier-free walkways, and the Shadowland Pavilion and Dunes Pavilion (which can be reserved for family gatherings and other special events) add to the many recreational opportunities available. Silver Beach is also host to many special events throughout the summer season.

Pets allowed on the sidewalk and pier with a 6' leash. 

PARK HOURS:
The Park is open from Dawn to Dusk, daily. Vehicles must leave the parking lot upon closing. Over-night parking is not allowed. The Park is open year-around. The restroom buildings are open for use from early May through October. There is a portable toilet located in the north parking lot during the cold season.

FEES:
From May through September:

  • Daily Parking Fee at Silver Beach: $8 per vehicle for Berrien County residents; $15 per vehicle for non-Berrien County residents. 
  • Purchase an Annual Entrance Permit for only $40, regardless of residency. 
  • Parking space at Silver Beach is on a first come first serve basis.
  • There is no cost to walk into the park.

* Please note: Silver Beach County Park is a County Park. The Michigan State Park Recreation Passport does NOT pertain to this County Park. 

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Tiscornia Beach

Tiscornia Beach is a family oriented park located on sixteen acres along the shoreline of Lake Michigan at the northwest corner of the City. Paid admission per vehicle is required for Non City Residents and those without Season Passes.

Leashed pets allowed on the sidewalk and pier only.

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