Sand and Solitude
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore's 15,000 acres will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests.
Visitor Center - A Great Place To Start
The Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center is a great place to start your adventure at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.Read More
Worlds Fair Homes Tour - Saturday, October 19
Join a National Park Service ranger for a tour of five historic homes from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair on Saturday, October 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm...Read More
Entering Lake Michigan is a lot different than splashing in your local pool: it’s serious business! Don’t let your visit end in tragedy.Read More
During the summer months, finding a place to park can to be a challenge. Parking areas closer to the beach tend to fill up first.Read More
Healthy Parks Healthy People
Imagine getting a written prescription to take a walk, bicycle, or kayak in a national park. That's exactly what a "park prescription" is.Read More
Discover all that Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has to offer. Use these pages to choose your activities and help plan your visit.Read More
Junior Ranger Program
Stop by the park’s visitor center and ask a ranger to help you select the junior ranger program that best fits your visit.Read More
Did You Know?
Without fire, there could be no prairie at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Non-prairie plant species would crowd out native prairie grasses. These rare grasslands are maintained through periodic controlled burns.