Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
Portage, IN 46368
Phone: (219) 762-1675
Temporary Closure: The designated access to the beach at Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk was closed due to hazardous conditions resulting from erosion. The closure will remain in effect October 17, 2019 to May 1, 2020 or until further notice.
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk provides easy access to the lakefront, multi-use trails, an accessible fishing pier and a restored 900-foot breakwater.
Hours: 6 am to 11 pm Central Time; Open at all times for those actively engaging in fishing
A 3,500 square foot public pavilion includes restrooms, a seasonal snack bar and a glass walled classroom and meeting space.
The narrow beach at Portage Lakefront has no lifeguards so swimmers need to understand the dangers of Lake Michigan before entering the water. Swimming is strongly discouraged when there is rough water or large waves due to the danger of potentially deadly rip currents. Rip currents are even more likely at beaches like Portage Lakefront that have a breakwater or other structure on the lake. Even in calm water, children should always be closely monitored by an adult.
This is a great place to watch migrating birds in the spring and summer as well as see the shelf ice that forms on the waters of Lake Michigan.
This 57-acre site is jointly managed by the Indiana Dunes National Park and the City of Portage. For more information about Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, call the national park’s information desk at 219-395-1882 or contact Portage Parks and Recreation at 219-762-1675 ext 301.