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Indiana Dunes

Stretching 25 miles east along Lake Michigan's south shore, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park welcome nearly four million guests to their sandy beaches and beautiful trails each year. Enjoy a family camping trip, an ecological study or just a relaxing day at the beach.

Please note: Indiana Dunes State Park located in Chesterton, Indiana is operated by the State government and is not impacted by the federal government shutdown. Only the National Lakeshore is affected.

From the National Lakeshore: In the event of a federal government shutdown, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as it always is. However, there will be no visitor services, scheduled programs or events. All offices and contact stations will be closed, and parking lots may be closed due to lack of snow removal. Hazardous or dangerous conditions may exist. The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center will remain open, while partner’s staff conduct their usual business, but park staff will not be present. Emergency information may or may not be shared through the park’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. In case of emergency, visitors to the park should call 911 or 219-395-1077 for park dispatch.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is comprised of more than 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers and forests, offering a wide variety of activities year-round.

Visitors can take advantage of beautiful beachesunique hiking trails and the historic sites of Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm.

The national lakeshore is a beautiful spot for hiking, with 11 trails throughout the park of varying lengths and difficulty levels.

Photo credit: Pete Doherty

At the Indiana Dunes State Park, large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan.

Three miles of beaches run along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. The park also offers 16.5 miles of trails, several that traverse Mount Tom. Enjoy everything the park has to offer with a stay at their campground.

There is a small fee for parking at the state park.

Photo credit: Indiana DNR