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West Beach

  • 376 North County Line Road
  • Gary, IN 46303
  • Region: Gary
  • Phone: (219) 926-7561
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National Park ServicePart of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Named one of the 10 Best National Park Beaches and 10 Best Freshwater Beaches by USA Today in 2016 and the 10 Best Beaches for Families in 2011 by Parents Magazine. 

Swim in the cool waters of Lake Michigan and hike through the dunes at West Beach. Swimming. Lifeguards are present from the Friday of Memorial Day through the Monday of Labor Day. Lifeguards are not present at other times of the year. Swim at your own risk. Rip currents and large waves can make swimming hazardous.

Hours: Walk-in traffic allowed from sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset. Parking lot open daily from 8 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset.

Fees: $6.00 per vehicle or motorcycle per day, $30.00 per bus per day. 50% discount for Senior and Access Passes.

Amenities: Concessions, restrooms, picnic area, first aid, wheelchair access, fishing at nearby Long Lake and bird watching. Bathhouse with showers and lockers is open seasonally.

Lot capacity: About 300 cars. There is a 0.3 mile walk from the parking lot to the beach.

Notes: West Beach is the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan and serves as a research area for universities. Also offering a variety of trails to explore the scenery. Pets are not permitted on the beach. Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter) on trails, at picnic shelters and at the parking lots. Glass containers are prohibited on all beaches.

Directions: Take U.S. 20 to County Line Road, head north and follow signs.

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