• Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Indiana Dunes

    National Lakeshore Indiana

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  • Mount Baldy Area is Closed

    The Mount Baldy area is closed due to hazardous conditions until further notice.

For Kids

Kids, you can enjoy the dunes in many ways whether you are at home, in school, or at the park.

At the Park

At Home or School

Things to know before you come to the park

  • Learn about water safety by taking the Water Safety Challenge
  • Check out the directions section for maps and parking area hours
  • Read our pets page before bringing your pet to the park
  • Discover what poison ivy looks like
  • Leave your snow/sand/boggy boards at home since the park has a no sledding rule.

Did You Know?

a sea of tall grasses and catails in a marsh setting and trees in the background

Cowles Bog is not a true bog but rather a fen because it has an underground water source. This water source has contact with limestone bedrock, making the fen’s water slightly alkaline. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is restoring a portion of this fen.