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West Beach

  • N County Line Road
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • Region: Portage
  • Phone: (219) 926-7561
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National Park ServicePart of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Named one of 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.

Hours: 7am to dusk, daily (Memorial Day to Labor Day - 9am to dusk).

Fees: $6 per vehicle, $1 for cyclists or walk-ins, $30 for buses.

Amenities: Concessions, restrooms, showers, picnic area, first aid, wheelchair access, fishing at nearby Long Lake, bird watching.

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.

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

Junior Wildland Firefighter Program

  • July 25, 2015 - August 22, 2015
  • Location: West Beach
  • Address: N County Line Road, Gary, IN 46368
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 4th Saturday

Meet the park's fire crew and learn about their jobs and equipment. After this hands-on program, children will receive their very own Junior Wildland ... View Details

Perseid Meteor Show

  • August 11, 2015
  • Location: West Beach
  • Address: N County Line Road, Portage, IN 46368

Join fellow sky watchers and a ranger in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on August 11 at 8:00 pm as they count the meteors from the annual meteor... View Details

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