Indiana Dunes State Park

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Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic, and amazingly unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900’s scientists, recreationists, and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the State Park was established. Indiana Dunes State Park is a special place. We hope you’ll take the time to explore its many fascinating features.







— Campground has two comfort stations heated year round that are equipped with flush toi

lets, hot water and showers. 140 campsites with 50 amp. service that can accommodate campers up to 50 feet in length. Occupancy limited to 14 consecutive nights. Reservations are available through the Central Reservation System.



— Open summer months. Wood, ice, picnic supplies

and groceries available.



Ski trails are provided for people with their own equipment. Ski rental is not available.



— Explore the world of natural resources while enjoying interpretive and recreational programs. Program schedules are available on the website at or call (219) 926-1390.



Natural and cultural history displays, wildlife observation room, library, and audio visual presentations are available.



— Tables, grills, toilet facilities, playground equipment and shelters. Reservations for shelters are available through the Central Reservation System.



— Fast food service and gift shop are upstairs in the pavilion during the summer season.



— April and May - Contact the park office for details.



— Swimming permitted in designated area when lifeguard on duty. Free beach. Restrooms and beach open Saturday before Memorial Day and

no later than Labor Day. Clothing is required.


 — For organized youth groups under adult supervision in designated areas. Advance reservations required. Reservations available
 through the Central Reservation System.






Visitors today can enjoy Indiana Dunes State Park in a wide variety of ways. A campground, many picnic shelters and picnic areas, over 16 miles of hiking trails, a swimming beach, and a nature center are all available for visitors’ use and are operated with visitor safety in mind. During the summer season, a pavilion on the beach provides shelter, restrooms with only outside showers, a snack bar, and gift shop. Dunes Nature Preserve, encompassing 1,530 acres and located within the boundaries of the State Park, provides visitors with an opportunity to explore some very pristine and unique landscapes.

Indiana Dunes State Park features a wide variety of habitats, including beach, sand dunes, black oak forest, wooded wetlands, and a button-bush marsh. Together, these areas contain some of the most



diverse flora and fauna of the midwest. Botanists from across the country enjoy studying the unusual collection of plant life found here. In fact, it was here in the Indiana Dunes, that Henry Cowles, known to many as the "father of ecology" did his landmark studies of succession in the early 1900’s. As a result of his work, the Indiana Dunes became known as "the

birthplace of ecology"!

The dunes provide an opportunity to explore an exciting and ever changing landscape. In several areas, huge "living" or "moving" dunes are slowly being blown inland, burying forests as they go. A good example of such a "living dune" can be seen from Trail 9. Other interesting features in the dunes include "tree graveyards" (places where forests have been buried by sand and then more recently re-exposed by wind erosion). "Tree graveyards" can be seen in



Big Blowout near Trail 10.

The Indiana dunes area is renowned throughout



the midwest for its birding! Visit the Nature Center

to ask about good birding locations.

Indiana Dunes State Park is surrounded by Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a federally administered park comprised of approximately 15,000 acres of beautiful and diverse landscape. For more information about the National Lakeshore write: Indiana



Dunes National Lakeshore, 1100 N. Mineral Springs

Road, Porter, IN 46304-1299; or call 219-926-7561.






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