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There are plenty of beaches in the South Shore, most notably those of the Indiana Dunes, where people have been basking in the sun and splashing around for generations.
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There are miles of beautiful beaches in Northwest Indiana along the South Shore of Lake Michigan!

Delight in the warm sand and sparkling water of the beaches that are part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Indiana Dunes State Park. Family-friendly West Beach is the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan. Lake View is the perfect place for a waterfront picnic and Kemil Beach is quiet and secluded. Central AvenueDunbar and Porter beaches are also part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The 3-mile-long beach at Indiana Dunes State Park is a family favorite along the South Shore.

Whihala Beach gives visitors a great view of the Chicago skyline and is just a short walk from downtown Whiting. Surfing is popular on this beach, as is kayaking, swimming, kite boarding and boating. Jet ski rentals are also available. Michigan City’s Washington Park features a beach, park and family-friendly zoo.

The newly refurbished Marquette Park in Gary and Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk are both exceptional lakefront parks offering gorgeous beaches and spacious pavilions. Marquette Park features the historic Aquatorium, which houses a museum honoring Octave Chanute, the father of flight. Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, operated in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, offers a fishing pier, 900-foot breakwater, seasonal snack bar and a glass-walled classroom/meeting space.

The beaches along the South Shore are perfect for swimming, sunning, boating, hiking and relaxing! Experience the beauty and diversity in Indiana that make up the area between Chicago, Illinois and New Buffalo, Michigan.

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Central Avenue Beach

  • Central Avenue and Valley Avenue
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Region: Michigan City
  • Phone: (219) 926-7561
  • Website

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. During the spring and summer, watch the Bank Swallows come and go from their nests in the dunes. Observe the dragonflies flying overhead as you walk to … More

Dunbar Beach

  • Lakefront Drive
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Region: Beverly Shores
  • Phone: (219) 395-1882

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Swimming permitted, no lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk, rip currents and waves can make swimming hazardous. Hours: 6 am to 9 pm, daily. … More

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

  • 1215 N. State Rd. 49
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Region: Porter
  • Phone: (219) 926-7561
  • Website

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a treasure of diverse natural resources located within an urban setting. The national lakeshore features communities that have both scientific and historic … More

Indiana Dunes State Park

  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Region: Chesterton
  • Phone: (219) 926-1952

Hours: 7am to 11pm., swimming from 11am to 6pm. Fees: $4 for Indiana drivers, $5 for out-of-state drivers. Lot capacity: Plenty of parking. Amenities: Concessions, restrooms, lifeguard, picnic … More

Kemil Beach

  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Region: Beverly Shores
  • Phone: (219) 926-7561
  • Website

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Swimming permitted, no lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk, rip currents and waves can make swimming hazardous. Hike and bird watch along the … More

Lake View

  • NW Corner of Lakefront Drive & Broadway Street
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Region: Beverly Shores
  • Phone: (219) 926-7561
  • Website

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Swimming permitted, no lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk, as rip currents and waves can make swimming hazardous. Picnic at this area that … More

Marquette Park

  • 598 N. Grand Blvd.
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Region: Gary
  • Phone: (219) 938-7362

Hours: 11am to 6pm. Fees: Parking for Beach - $3 Resident, $5 Non-Resident . Amenities: Lifeguards, restrooms, Aquatorium, fishing lagoon, wheelchair accessible, shelters, playground, Marquette … More

Mount Baldy

  • Highway 12 & County Line Road
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Region: Michigan City
  • Phone: (219) 926-7561

Mount Baldy is temporarily closed until further notice. For other activities to enjoy at the Indiana Dunes, click here.  … More

Porter Beach

  • Wabash Ave. & Duneland Dr.
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Region: Porter
  • Phone: (219) 926-7561

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Porter Beach offers access to Cowles Bog, which has rare plants and varied wildlife. A 4.6-mile trail leads to the dunes and the beach. Swimming … More

Washington Park

  • 115 Lakeshore Dr.
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Region: Michigan City
  • Phone: (219) 873-1506

Hours: 6am to 10pm. Fees: $2 weekdays, $5 weekends. Lot capacity: Plenty of parking. Amenities: Boat launch, fishing access, concessions, restrooms,lifeguard, picnic shelters, wheelchair access. … More

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