There is a beach hazard statement from the National Weather Service from Tuesday morning, September 21 through Thursday evening, September 23, 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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Whihala Beach, Whiting Lakefront Park, & Whoa Zone Floating Water Park

Whihala Beach is now closed for swimming until Memorial Day weekend, but you can still walk on the beach, go on the trails and view the lake from Lakefront Park.

The Whiting Lakefront and Whihala Beach may be best known for its picturesque views of Chicago's skyline from the sandy beaches and beautiful boardwalk, but this Whiting location also features walking paths, play and picnic areas, a fishing pier and WhoaZone, a floating water park.


Whiting Lakefront Park and Whihala Beach have metered parking throughout the park, beach and on 117th St. For current fees, visit their website here.


Dogs are allowed on trails if they are leashed. Only during the off season (after Labor Day until Memorial Day) can they be on the beach, but they must be leashed.

Safety note - Do not swim in Lake Michigan when Rip Current warnings are posted or in large crashing waves, which can cause rip currents. 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. Check for beach hazard warnings before you go.

Whihala Beach Whiting

Whihala Beach

Whihala Beach spans more than 20 acres. Swimming is only permitted when a lifeguard is on duty. Visitors can enjoy the beach, swim and relax on the shores or on a boat. A number of migrating bird species can be seen in the flyway for those interested in bird watching. 

  • Lifeguards are on the east end of the beach.
  • Grills are only available if you rent a shelter. 
  • No floating devices allowed in the water.
  • No alcoholic beverages.

Memorial Day – Labor Day: 10am-6pm
Beach Parking Lot (past the gates): 10:30am-6:30pm
Boat Launch Parking Lot: 7am-6:30pm

Park and Beach Parking Meters - Cars: Meter is $5 per hour or $20 for all day; Minimum credit card purchase is $5. Parking passes are available at City Hall for frequent visitors. Prices vary.
Boat launch fee: $30

Whoa Zone Whiting

Whoa Zone

WhoaZone at Whihala brings additional entertainment with a one-acre floating water park. The floating structure includes monkey bars, slides, towers, bridges and jumping platforms for children and adults (must be 7 years old, at least 45" tall and a good swimmer). Various play areas offer different levels of challenge so both young and old can enjoy the attraction. Visitors are encouraged to schedule their hour-long sessions in advance, especially during busy and hot weekends in the summer.

Weather permitting
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Whiting Lakefront Park

Whiting's Lakefront Park

Whiting's Lakefront Park has recently been revamped and offers plenty to do for everyone. Grassy areas are perfect for picnicking and play areas are a favorite for preschool and elementary aged kids.

Enjoy hiking the walking paths or playing on the tennis or sand volleyball courts. There is metered parking at the park as well as bathrooms and concessions.

Address Information

Whihala Beach
1561 Park Road
Whiting, IN
(219) 659-0860

Whiting Lakefront Park
East 119th St. & North Front St.
Whiting, IN
(219) 659-7700

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