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.


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50th Anniversary Programs and Events

Enjoy all the special programs and events planned for this special year.

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Museums Help Celebrate the 50th!

Museums Help Celebrate the 50th!

Visit local museum special exhibits that tell the story of the dunes. For exhibit information, visit the museum 50th anniversary page.

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50th Anniversary Issue

The Singing Sands 2016

Plan your trip with our Singing Sands newspaper. This anniversary issue is filled with special celebration programs and events.

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Visitor Center

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.

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Flickr

Looking for photos of Indiana Dunes?

Try our searchable Flickr account with over 3,000 images of scenic places, wildlife, events, activities, documentary, and architecture.

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Lifeguards At West Beach

Park Safety

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.

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Family Picnic

Hidden Dunes

Discover all that Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has to offer. Use these pages to choose your activities and help plan your visit.

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Ranger With Children

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.

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Hole found on top of Mount Baldy

Mount Baldy Dune Investigation

Discovering open holes and soft spots located on top of Mount Baldy. Find out what proposed actions are being taken.

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