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Indiana Dunes National Park was established in 1966 to preserve certain portions of the Indiana Dunes and other areas of historic, scientific and scenic interest and recreational value in the state of Indiana. Established for the educational, inspirational, and recreational use of the public, the park annually hosts about two million visitors. The park's 15 miles of freshwater beach hugs the southern shore of Lake Michigan from Gary to Michigan City. Come and enjoy the park's 15,000 acres of prairies, sand dunes, wetlands, forests, oak savannas, and historic sites.

To learn more about Indiana Dunes National Park, visit the Indiana Dunes NPS website.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Unless otherwise posted, all public use areas are open from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. Check the park's website for current operating hours and alerts.

Indiana Dunes National Park Visitor Center:
Open daily, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
8:00 am to 6:00 pm Central Time, from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend.
8:30 am to 4:30 pm Central Time, for the remainder of the year.

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education:
Open daily, except for federal holidays.
8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time, from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend.
8:00 am to 4:00 pm Central Time, for the remainder of the year.

Visiting Tips

Indiana Dunes National Park is open year round. Unless otherwise posted, all public use areas are open from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. The national park's weather is greatly affected by Lake Michigan and can change quickly. Summers are warm and humid with abundant sunshine. Winters tend to be cloudy except for periods of extreme cold when skies are clear.

Fees & Passes:
All areas in the park are free with the following exceptions:

West Beach collects an expanded amenity fee daily for every vehicle from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend from 8:00 am to as late as 7:00 pm Central Time. $6.00 per vehicle or motorcycle per day, $30.00 per bus per day. 50% discount for Senior Lifetime, Senior Annual and Access Passes.

Dunewood Campground is open from April 1 through November 1. $25.00 per night camping fee (expanded amenity fee). Sites 1 - 34 are reservable at recreation.gov starting six months in advance of the check-in date. Sites 35 - 67 are first come, first served. No advance registration. Sites are paid for at the campground entrance automated kiosk. 50% discount for Senior and Access Passes.

To learn more about the park fees, click here.
Purchase an annual pass for all national park service sites and federal lands, $80

Camping & Lodging

- Campground open from April 1 through November 1.
- $25.00 per night camping fee (expanded amenity fee).
- Sites 1 - 34 are reservable at recreation.gov starting six months in advance of the check-in date.
- Sites 35 - 67 are first come, first served. No advance registration. Sites are paid for at the campground entrance automated kiosk.
- 50% discount for Senior and Access Passes.
- Credit, debit and gift cards (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) accepted.
- No electrical or water hook-ups at individual sites. Potable water is available at several locations.
- Shower and restroom facilities are located at the center of each loop.
- Allowed to stay 14 nights per 30 day period.
- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual (non-senior), Volunteer and Military Passes are not accepted.

Food & Drink

Indiana Dunes is located in a highly developed area with services and goods available at several locations. Nearby large shopping areas can be found in Michigan City along Highways 421 and 20 and in Chesterton just south of I-94 on Indiana 49.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Indiana Dunes offers a large number of ranger-led walks and talks and interpretive programs in various locations throughout the summer. A limited number of programs are also offered throughout the rest of the year. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Other Activities

Enjoy the outdoors year round at Indiana Dunes National Park. From snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter, to swimming, sunbathing, camping, and fishing in the summer, every season offers visitors a unique way to experience the park. With the many trails in the area, hiking is a great year-round activity. Visit the National Park's website for more information on the park's many activities.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Gems in Indiana Dunes National Park - 9

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gem Favorite Pinhook Bog! The sphagnum moss is so thick that it supports full grown trees. The moss is floating on top of water. Amazing.

Pinhook Bog

(3) Trail C…, IN
gem Favorite Beach House Blowout panorama.

Beach House Blowout

(2) Beverly…, IN
gem Favorite Hiking through some of the southernmost stands of jack pines in the world. These are a result of the last ice age!

Dunes Succession Trail Overlook

(6) Ogden D…, IN
gem Favorite Sweeping views of Lake Michigan from the top of Mt. Baldy during a ranger-led tour.

Mt. Baldy

(6) Michiga…, IN
gem Favorite View of the Great Marsh.

Great Marsh Overlook

(4) Beverly…, IN
gem Favorite A solitary person sitting on the washed up tree. An amazing Lake Michigan sunset mixed with an impending thunderstorm. Incredible colors. Photo taken in between the Dunbar and Lakeview parking lots at Derby Ditch.

Lake Michigan Beaches

(7) Beverly…, IN
gem Favorite Bailly Homestead building.

Bailly Homestead

(8) Porter, IN
gem Favorite Towering sand dunes and interdunal ponds.

Indiana Sand Dunes

(7) New Chi…, IN
gem Favorite Awesome sunset on Lake Michigan.

1933 World's Fair Century of Progress Homes

(3) Beverly…, IN

Featured Hikes in Indiana Dunes National Park - 17

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Favorite Beach House Blowout panorama.
Intermediate

Trail 9

3.6 mi 5.8 km • Loop • 99 ft Ascent 30.27 m Ascent

(27) Chesterton, IN
Favorite Marram grass along Lake Michigan as seen from the Cowles Bog Trail.
Intermediate

Cowles Bog Trail

4.7 mi 7.5 km • Loop • 202 ft Ascent 61.6 m Ascent

(27) Porter, IN
Favorite Climbing up Mt. Jackson on the 3 Dunes Challenge.
Intermediate/Difficult

Trail 8 - 3 Dunes Challenge

2.2 mi 3.6 km • Loop • 238 ft Ascent 72.43 m Ascent

(20) Chesterton, IN
Favorite Stunning view of the ice on Lake Michigan and the West Beach bathhouse.
Intermediate

West Beach 3-Loop

3.5 mi 5.7 km • Loop • 223 ft Ascent 67.94 m Ascent

(9) Ogden D…, IN
Favorite View of the Great Marsh.
Intermediate

Dune Ridge Trail

0.7 mi 1.1 km • Loop • 73 ft Ascent 22.26 m Ascent

(4) Beverly…, IN
Favorite The hike is so worth it!
Intermediate

Paul H. Douglas Trail

3.4 mi 5.5 km • Out and Back • 46 ft Ascent 14.12 m Ascent

(8) New Chi…, IN
Favorite Sweeping views of Lake Michigan from the top of Mt. Baldy during a ranger-led tour.
Intermediate/Difficult

Mt. Baldy Summit Trail

0.8 mi 1.3 km • Loop • 55 ft Ascent 16.66 m Ascent

(4) Michiga…, IN
Favorite Eastern prickly pear cactus can be found on the Tolleston Dunes Trail!
Intermediate

Tolleston Dunes Trail

2.9 mi 4.7 km • Loop • 127 ft Ascent 38.71 m Ascent

(9) Ogden D…, IN

Trails in Indiana Dunes National Park - 24

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5.8 mi 9.4 km #1Trail 10
Intermediate
Chesterton, IN
Intermediate
5.8 mi 9.4 km Chesterton, IN 14 
0.6 mi 1.0 km #2Dune Succession Trail
Intermediate
Ogden Dunes, IN
Intermediate
0.6 mi 1.0 km Ogden Dunes, IN
0.5 mi 0.9 km #3Trail 4
Intermediate
Chesterton, IN
Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.9 km Chesterton, IN
1.6 mi 2.6 km #4Long Lake Loop Trail
Intermediate
Ogden Dunes, IN
Intermediate
1.6 mi 2.6 km Ogden Dunes, IN
0.5 mi 0.8 km #5Calumet Dunes Paved Trail
Easy
Beverly Shores, IN
Easy
0.5 mi 0.8 km Beverly Shores, IN
1.1 mi 1.8 km #6Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm Trail
Easy
Porter, IN
Easy
1.1 mi 1.8 km Porter, IN
0.6 mi 1.0 km #7Trail 7
Intermediate
Chesterton, IN
Intermediate
0.6 mi 1.0 km Chesterton, IN
0.9 mi 1.5 km #8Trail 3
Easy/Intermediate
Chesterton, IN
Easy/Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.5 km Chesterton, IN
3.0 mi 4.7 km #9Little Calumet River / Mnoké Prairie Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Porter, IN
Easy/Intermediate
3.0 mi 4.7 km Porter, IN
8.9 mi 14.3 km #10Oak Savannah Trail
Easy
Hobart, IN
Easy
8.9 mi 14.3 km Hobart, IN
0.3 mi 0.5 km #11Bailly Cemetery Trail
Easy
Porter, IN
Easy
0.3 mi 0.5 km Porter, IN
11.2 mi 18.0 km #12Prairie Duneland Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Hobart, IN
Easy/Intermediate
11.2 mi 18.0 km Hobart, IN
2.5 mi 4.0 km #13Trail 2
Easy/Intermediate
Chesterton, IN
Easy/Intermediate
2.5 mi 4.0 km Chesterton, IN
1.8 mi 2.8 km #14Dunes Kankakee Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Chesterton, IN
Easy/Intermediate
1.8 mi 2.8 km Chesterton, IN
3.5 mi 5.6 km #15Porter Brickyard Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Porter, IN
Easy/Intermediate
3.5 mi 5.6 km Porter, IN
2.3 mi 3.7 km #16Marquette Rail Trail
Easy
Ogden Dunes, IN
Easy
2.3 mi 3.7 km Ogden Dunes, IN
0.7 mi 1.1 km #17Hobart Woodland Trail
Easy
Hobart, IN
Easy
0.7 mi 1.1 km Hobart, IN
2.2 mi 3.6 km #18Dunewood Trace Campground Trail
Easy
Beverly Shores, IN
Easy
2.2 mi 3.6 km Beverly Shores, IN
1.4 mi 2.2 km #19West Beach Trail
Easy
Ogden Dunes, IN
Easy
1.4 mi 2.2 km Ogden Dunes, IN
0.3 mi 0.5 km #20Beach Trail
Easy
Chesterton, IN
Easy
0.3 mi 0.5 km Chesterton, IN
1.3 mi 2.1 km #21Glenwood Dunes Extension Trail
Easy
Chesterton, IN
Easy
1.3 mi 2.1 km Chesterton, IN
0.2 mi 0.3 km #22Nature Center Trail
Easy
Chesterton, IN
Easy
0.2 mi 0.3 km Chesterton, IN
1.0 mi 1.5 km #23Cowles Bog South Access (Greenbelt Trail)
Easy
Porter, IN
Easy
1.0 mi 1.5 km Porter, IN
9.5 mi 15.4 km #24Calumet Bike Trail
Easy
Porter, IN
Easy
9.5 mi 15.4 km Porter, IN

Photos of Indiana Dunes National Park - 127

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A solitary person sitting on the washed up tree. An amazing Lake Michigan sunset mixed with an impending thunderstorm. Incredible colors. Photo taken in between the Dunbar and Lakeview parking lots at Derby Ditch.
Jan 25, 2016 near Beverly…, IN
Great day on Lake Michigan at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore! This photo was taken just east of the Lakeview parking lot.
Jan 25, 2016 near Beverly…, IN
Awesome sunset on Lake Michigan.
Jan 20, 2016 near Beverly…, IN
Beach House Blowout panorama.
Jan 29, 2016 near Beverly…, IN
A couple enjoying the incredible colors of the Lake Michigan sunset.
Jan 25, 2016 near Beverly…, IN
Marram grass along Lake Michigan as seen from the Cowles Bog Trail.
Jan 13, 2016 near Burns H…, IN
It's incredible what the sun will do at sunset on Lake Michigan. This painting of the underside of the clouds happens a couple times a year.
Jan 25, 2016 near Beverly…, IN
A rare, perfectly calm Lake Michigan at sunset. Killer colors.
Jan 25, 2016 near Beverly…, IN

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