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Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Riverwalk Dr
Portage, IN 46368
Phone: (219) 762-1675

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Temporary Closures: Beginning on May 10th, the entire Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site will be closed weekdays 7:00 am – 4:00 pm so large trucks and equipment can safely deliver and install boulders needed to shore up the accessible ramp west of the pavilion. The area, with the exception of the ramp under construction, will reopen to the public each weekday at 4:00 pm and remain open until its normal closing time of 11:00 pm. Weekend operations at Portage Lakefront will not be affected. The site’s food vendor, Trail Stop, will be open on weekends as well as Thursdays and Fridays after 4:00 pm.  The work is expected to take up to three weeks and should be completed before the Memorial Day weekend. 

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk provides easy access to the lakefront, multi-use trails, an accessible fishing pier and a restored 900-foot breakwater. Beach access may be difficult due to erosion.

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. 

Safety note -The narrow beach at Portage Lakefront has no lifeguards so swimmers need to understand the dangers of Lake Michigan before entering the water.  Swim at your own risk. Do not swim in Lake Michigan when Rip Current warnings are posted or in large crashing waves, which can cause rip currents. Rip currents are even more likely at beaches like Portage Lakefront that have a breakwater or other structure on the lake. 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.

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.

More Information

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.