There is a beach hazard statement from the National Weather Service from Thursday, July 29 through the evening of Friday, July 30, 2021. Expect high waves and dangerous currents at Lake Michigan beaches. Remain out of the water to avoid dangerous swimming conditions and do not venture out onto piers, jetties, breakwalls or other shoreline structures.

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West Beach

376 North County Line Road
Gary, IN 46303
Phone: (219) 926-7561

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National Park Notice: People who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. 

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Park.

Sledding is permitted at one location in the Indiana Dunes National Park: just southwest of the West Beach picnic shelters on the west-facing slope of the West Beach Trails. Limiting sledding to this one area protects the natural landscape and dune grasses. Please call the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at 219-395-1882 with any questions.

Hours: 8 am to 9 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day. 7 am to 30 minutes after sunset the remainder of the year.

Fees: $6.00 per vehicle or motorcycle per day, $30.00 per bus per day. 50% discount for Senior and Access Passes.

Lot capacity: About 300 cars. There is a 0.3 mile walk from the parking lot to the beach.

Notes: West Beach is the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan and serves as a research area for universities. Also offering a variety of trails to explore the scenery. Pets are not permitted on the beach. Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter) on trails, at picnic shelters and at the parking lots. Glass containers are prohibited on all beaches.

Directions: Take U.S. 20 to County Line Road, head north and follow signs.