The major sites in the park are accessible with assistance. The West Beach Bathhouse, the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center are fully accessible by wheelchair. Accessible parking and restroom services are available throughout the park. A standard wheelchair is available for loan at the Paul H. Douglas Center.
Indiana Dunes has made significant achievements in providing access to beach areas. However, access to the waters of Lake Michigan pose challenging accessibility problems. Presently, these beach areas are accessible: West Beach, Lake View Picnic area, Dunbar access point, Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk access point, and Porter access point.
Hearing Assist device available for use in the Theater of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center
A good place to look for the latest information on accessibility is the Disabled Traveler's Companion Website. While not officially affiliated with the National Park Service, they have been working with Indiana Dunes and other National Parks to provide valuable information to the disabled traveler. Their website contains information on, and photographs of, campgrounds, lodges, and park attractions that will aid in planning your trip to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Did You Know?
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.