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Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N 25 E
Chesterton, IN 46304
Phone: (219) 926-1952
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Hoosiers and prevent further spread of COVID-19. For an updated list of what is open and closed at the Indiana State Parks, click here.
Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on May 23, 2020, the public can call 219-395-1003 to get recorded information on available parking at Indiana Dunes National Park beaches and the nearby Indiana Dunes State Park.
Hours: 7am to 11pm.
Fees: $7 for Indiana drivers, $12 for out-of-state drivers.
Lot capacity: Plenty of parking.
Amenities: Concessions, restrooms, lifeguard (11am to 6pm in season), picnic areas, campgrounds, wheelchair access
Notes: Indiana Dunes State Park offers 3 miles of beach, with a backdrop of forest and dunes. To see it up close, try one of the state park's 16.5 miles of trails. Several trails traverse Mount Tom.
Directions: Take Interstate 94 to Indiana 49, then head north.
Safety note - Do not swim in Lake Michigan when Rip Current warnings are posted or in large crashing waves, which can cause rip currents. These strong currents rushing out into Lake Michigan can carry even the strongest swimmer with them. If you get caught in a rip current, do not try to swim against it. Instead, swim parallel to the shoreline until you are out of the current. Even with calm water, non-swimmers and children should always be very closely monitored by an adult. Check for beach hazard warnings before you go.