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    Indiana Dunes

    National Lakeshore Indiana

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Central Avenue Access Point

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Street Address

Central Avenue Access Point no trail map 041.42.05N 087.05.15W Central Avenue & Valley Avenue, Michigan City 46360
Visitor Activities:
  • No lifeguards. Swim at your own risk; rip currents and waves can make swimming hazardous.
  • During the spring and summer watch the Bank Swallows come and go from their nests in the dunes.
  • Observe the dragon flies fly overhead as you walk to the beach.
  • Area opens at 7 a.m. and closes 30 minutes past sunset, daily, in spring, summer and fall
  • Area closed, November 15 to April 15
  • 100-car parking lot
  • Restrooms
  • Information board listing current park activities

Driving Directions:

  1. Starting at I-94 and Indiana 49, go north about 3 miles to U.S. Highway 12.
  2. Take the U.S. Highway 12 exit (exit is on the left). Go right (east) 7 miles on U.S. Highway 12 to Central Ave.
  3. Turn left (north), go 1 mile to the parking area for Central Avenue Access Point that is on the left (west) side of the road.

Did You Know?

log cabin and a three story house with trees behind and grass in front

Bailly Homestead National Historic Landmark was the home of Joseph Aubert de Gaspe Bailly de Messein. Believed to be one of the first non-native residents of Northwest Indiana, he lived on the site until his death in 1835. More...