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The Indiana Dunes National Park has 15 miles of freshwater beaches. All the beaches are free with the exception of West Beach, which has a seasonal $6 per car fee and offers lifeguards and showers. There are free beach parking lots at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, Porter Beach, Kemil Beach, Dunbar Beach, Lake View Beach, Central Avenue Beach, and Mount Baldy Beach.

The beaches can be crowded on summer weekends but nearly empty at all other times.

The lake is beautiful year round. Since the park is on the east side of the lake, there are incredible sunsets. Don't miss seeing the shelf ice in the winter, but don't walk out on the ice as it is very dangerous.

Short Walk: Most beaches are just a few steps from the parking lots.

Family Friendly: Great freshwater beaches! Fantastic sunsets and views of Chicago.

Gem Type: Swimming

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Rafi Wilkinson

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Dec 25, 2021
Sherry Downen
Jul 6, 2021
Alyssa Bushman
May 22, 2021
Johnny Kube
Beautiful beaches
Aug 20, 2020
John Bruder
Aug 17, 2020
John Bruder
Jul 22, 2020
Megan McKinney
Jul 11, 2020
Jon Konel
With Luisa
Jan 8, 2020
Tom Herr
Water was high this year with lessened beach area.

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