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Indiana Dunes National Park

1215 N. State Rd. 49
Porter, IN 46304
Phone: 219-926-7561

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Yes, the Indiana Dunes National Park is open. Please note - there is a federal mask mandate in place at the national park, both inside buildings and in outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance.

For beach and park updates at the National Park, visit here or follow them on facebook.

You can also call 219-395-1003 to get recorded information on available parking at Indiana Dunes National Park beaches and the nearby Indiana Dunes State Park.


Indiana Dunes National Park is a treasure of diverse natural resources located within an urban setting. Indiana Dunes National Park features communities that have both scientific and historic significance to the field of ecology. The park is comprised of over 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers, and forests. It contains 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline spanning the distance from Gary to Michigan City. The biological diversity within Indiana Dunes National Park is amongst the highest per unit area of all our national parks. A wide variety of habitats coupled with the moderating effects of Lake Michigan make the region an ideal home for hundreds of animal species including more than 350 species of birds which have been observed here. Over 1,100 flowering plant species and ferns make their homes here. From predacious bog plants to native prairie grasses and from towering white pines to rare algal species, the plant diversity is rich.