Take Hwy. 50 to Hwy. F, south to entrance. 260 acres. Known for its excellent swimming beach, lifeguards on duty, concession stand, windsurfing launch, soccer fields and shelter rental. Hiking trails include the new Silver Lake Icehouse Trail connecting the park with the Village of Silver Lake. Entry fees Memorial Day - Labor Day. Fishing is available.
Snowshoeing and cross country skiing is allowed on all trails. Ice fishing access is available from parking Area 6 (the beach). There is a sledding hill (not lighted) by Area 1.
Fat Tire Bike Trails: Silver Lake Park is home to over 9 miles of mountain bike trails that accommodate all levels from beginner to professional riders. During the winter, the wide trails are machine-groomed, as are connectors in some of the open areas. Snowflake and The Pines trails have a lot of fat bike use and receive a combination of machine grooming and snowshoe grooming when the snow is deep. Grooming is done by volunteers through the Kenosha Off-Road Bicycle Association (KORBA). The trails are open year round, weather conditions permitting. Check the daily status on the hotline: 262-857-1876. People are asked to check on conditions before going to the trails.
Volunteers from KORBA built the trails. Double track trails are open to standard mountain bikes, hikers, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and dog walkers. Single track trails are open only to snow bikes (fat-bikes) or bikes with tires wider than 3.7 inches. KORBA volunteers are donating their time to groom the trails so everyone can enjoy the trails during the winter. Please be respectful and walk, ski, snowshoe and ride traditional narrow tire mountain bikes only on the double track trails. Fat-bikes originated in Alaska with tires wide enough to “float” on the snow and yet have traction. This is a rapidly evolving sport with recent predictions that Fat-Bikes will soon reach 1/3 of total bike manufacturing in the near future. Kenosha County is pleased to be able to offer this new form of outdoor recreation in our area. KORBA members are available to answer questions about the sport via Facebook or email at KORBAinfo@gmail.com.
(A fatbike is a mountain bike that is all season, all terrain.)
Silver Fox Disc Golf Course: The front nine of the new Silver Fox Disc Golf Course is now open for play at Silver Lake Park. The course features long, challenging fairways through a forest setting with undulating terrain. Hole #8 is especially challenging with a steep drop off from the tee and a dogleg left making the it a “blind” hole until the player gets through the dogleg. The player will encounter boulders and trees in the fairways that will test his or her skill level. The course is 1,135 yards with a par of 29. The longest fairway is 167 yds (par 4) and the shortest 98 yds (par 3).
The course was a collaborative project with Terry Miller, professional course designer, Kenosha County Park staff and the Kenosha Boys and Girls Club at Risk Youth Summer Employment Program. This addition makes 36 holes of disc golf available to the public between Silver Lake and Fox River Parks. The back nine of the Silver Fox is designed and brushing has started with a completion date targeted for early 2016. There is no cost to use the disc golf course.
11/18/13 News: Silver Lake Ice House Trail addition ready for use. County Executive Jim Kreuser today announced the opening of the latest addition to the Kenosha County multi-use path system. “With this additional segment, the Silver Lake Ice House Trail is about a mile in length,” Kreuser said. “It’s a wonderful addition to the Village of Silver Lake and for all of Kenosha County.”
The new 600-foot segment of the Silver Lake Ice House Trail is located from the intersection of Lotus Drive and Pryor Street in the Silver Lake Business Park, westerly to East Dells Road in the residential area of the Village. The location of the new trail segment follows the abandoned railroad bed of the KD Line.
“Now there is direct access from the residential subdivisions of the Village of Silver Lake to the existing Silver Lake Ice House Trail,” Kreuser said of the newly completed segment of the trail. The existing trail extends along the north shore of Silver Lake to the Silver Lake County Park Beach. In addition, a new pedestrian crossing will be in place across County Trunk Highway “B” at Lotus Drive.
The new 10-foot wide asphalt path is open for use by pedestrians, bikes or other non-motorized use. In order to provide a safe environment for path users, motorized vehicles including, but not limited to cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATV’s or snowmobiles are prohibited on the Ice House Trail. The trail construction was completed by Kenosha County Highway personnel at a cost of $24,000.
This is a Kenosha County park.