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Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes State Park Waves © Michael E. Ruby
The sun lights the waves coming to the shore
1600 N 25 E
Chesterton, Indiana   46304
(lat:41.6593 lon:-87.063)

Phone: (219) 926-1952
Toll Free: 800-457-8283
Reservations: 866-622-6746
Let's head for the beach! You'll love the sights and sounds of the three miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan. A beautiful nature center offers details of the history of the dunes area and a variety of special programming year-round. The sand dunes will astound you, as will the vast variety of desert plants, giant wood ferns and white pines.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnic Sheltersyes
 Swimming Beach, feetGreat Lake
 Bike Trailsyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
 Electric Sites, #286
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Youth Group Campyes
WinterCross-Country Skiingyes
We are now taking reservations for the 140 campsites (all with 50 amp electrical service) in its completely reconstructed campground. Two new modern restroom/showerhouses are heated to lengthen the comfortable camping season. A new shelter for programs has been added to the area.

* Electric - 140 (all 50 amp service) * Youth Tent Area

Area Attractions
* Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services (hours : 9:30am - 4:30pm local time) * Picnicking/Shelters (Shelter Reservations) * Access to Calumet Trail (9 miles of hiking) * Cross-country Skiing (trails available, no ski rental) * Fishing (Smelt Only) * Hiking Trails * Swimming / Beach (Policy)

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 18 by daisy3501
A beautiful state park with beautiful wide hiking trails and of course the awesome never ending white sand beach and breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes. Birding there is spectacular. Warblers, the tiniest and among the most colorful of migrating birds rest at this park during migration. This park is our national heritage and it saddens me that it is not in better repair. Took a hike out to the bird observation deck on trail 10 last year and it was a pile of rubble. What an eyesore! This needs to be a non negotiable rebuild. Organize an event and donate the proceeds. Ask for donations from the public, whatever it takes. The boardwalk on trail 2 is not totally accessible either as part of it is underwater. This needs to be rebuilt as well. You get halfway across and need to wade through a swamp or turn around and go back. The disrepair of these two trails is a huge disappointment as they are recommended to be the best trails for birding which is why I selected them prior to starting my hike. There is no reason why the boardwalk could not be wheelchair accessible. Having great trails for birding diversifies the demographics of people attracted to this park. Other states have wheelchair accessible boardwalks for birding. I so hope we can measure up or raise the bar as this is our national landmark not just for the beaches, but for the sand dunes, the wildlife and the beautiful topography as well.
September 28 beach fun by bear
awsome park
October 22 Great trails and beach by KLeonard
Large beach with large, brick, public bathhouse that includes consessions in the summer season. The trails behind the sand dunes (150 feet elevation) are spectacular. Lots of wildlife and a huge assortment of plants and trees. The trails are mainly hard packed sand for easy hiking, but watch out for the tree roots.

Area Campgrounds
Yogi Bear Jellystone Park
5300 Old Porter Road
Portage, IN


Indiana State Parks