Please note: We recommend calling ahead to businesses and attractions you plan to visit for requirements and hours of operation.
376 North County Line Road
Gary, IN 46303
Phone: (219) 926-7561
Wear a mask when you cannot stay six feet from other visitors.
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.