Boating Rules & Reminders

USLIA Rules & Reminders

Boating quiet hours are from 7:30 PM - 11:00 AM daily to allow for fishing and other no-wake water activities in the evening and morning hours. Thank you for continuing to follow this lake rule.

USLIA members should have their boat launch pass with them when putting in watercraft at the boat launch or using a Common Area. If you park a vehicle near the boat launch or a Common Area, please leave your pass visible in your car window to show you are a USLIA member. Remember, parking is never allowed on the spillway. If you lost your pass or need a replacement pass, please email

USLIA members should have their lot number visible on their watercraft, floating docks, etc. This helps fellow members spot non-members using our lake. It also helps locate owners when items get loose. Another member may ask about your membership status if you do not have your lot number visible.

Wake Boat Lake Health Impact Concerns

In September 2022, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources shared a report that included information about the environmental impact of Wake Boats on Michigan inland lakes. This report talks about how Wake Boats erode the shoreline and stir up sentiment which often has a high phosphorus content. 

In this report the Michigan Department of Natural Resources shared the following recommendations:

More information is available here

At its deepest point, Upper Silver Lake is 25 feet deep, with many narrow areas and areas that are 15 feet or less. 

While a private lake, Upper Silver Lake, is monitored by a Marine Patrol Officer and follows all Michigan Boater Safety and Michigan Department of Natural Resource laws. Tickets may be issued for violations of these laws and regulations. 

NOTE: Persons born on or after July 1, 1996 shall not operate a motorboat unless they have been issued a boating safety certificate. A person who was born after December 31, 1978 shall not operate a Personal Watercraft on Michigan waterways unless they have obtained a boating safety certificate.

Please visit for information on how to obtain a boating safety certificate.

Important Reminders

Fishing on Upper Silver and Upper Upper Silver Lakes

MIDNR fishing regulations and licenses also apply for Upper Silver and Upper Upper Silver lakes details are available here.