Fees & Passes

Fees

The fee you pay when visiting Indiana Dunes West Beach or Dunewood Campground make a difference. Fees charged at West Beach are used to provide custodial and lifeguard services. Without you, the visitor, these services would not be possible. Fees collected from the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act allowed us to complete projects like:

  • Road improvements and trail improvements
  • Improving accessibility for people with disabilities
  • Campground upgrades
  • Restore natural habitats. Funds from fees have been used to hire students through the Public Land Corp program. These students have helped preserve the Karner Blue Butterfly habitat and restore the Mnoké Prairie and Great Marsh. Their work has included: propagation of native plants, construction of a park greenhouse, and construction of water retention structures.
 
Dunewood Campground

Dunewood Campground
$18.00 per day
Open last Friday in April through the third Sunday in October.

  • Automated registration system requires a credit or debit card ONLY
  • No cash or checks accepted
  • Reservations are not accepted; this is a first come, first served campground
  • During most summer weekends, the campground is full by Friday afternoon
  • There are 66 sites: 54 drive-in sites and 12 walk-in sites; 4 sites are fully accessible
  • Discounts available for holders of the Senior Pass and Access Pass and the old Golden Age and Golden Access passes.

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West Beach Fee

West Beach
$6.00 per car per day
$30.00 per bus per day
User fee is collected Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

  • Accepting Mastercard, Visa, and Discover cards
  • This is a summer beach area with a bathhouse and hiking trails
  • Trails are open all year
  • Discounts available for holders of the Senior Pass and Access Pass and the old Golden Age and Golden Access passes.
  • The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual, Volunteer and Military Passes are not accepted at West Beach.

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Picnic Shelter

Picnic Shelter Reservations

All Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore picnic shelters are on a first come first serve basis.

 

 

Passes
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act established a new pass program to replace the National Park Pass, Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and Golden Access Passports. This new pass program began January 1, 2007. The America the Beautiful - the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass program provides a number of pass options for the public to use at Federal recreation sites where entrance or standard amenity fees are charged.

 
Annual Pass

Annual Pass
$80

  • Replaces the National Park Pass and Golden Eagle Passport.
  • Available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of sale.
  • Admits the pass holder(s) and three accompanying adult passengers, age 16 and older, in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and per person fee areas.
  • Children under 16 are admitted free.
  • Can be obtained in person at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1, or via the Internet at http://store.usgs.gov/pass.
 
Senior Pass

Senior Pass
$10

  • The Senior Pass replaces the Golden Age Passport.
  • Lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.
  • Provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.
  • Admits the pass holder and three adult passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and per person fee areas.
  • Children under 16 are admitted free.
  • Can only be obtained in person at the park.
  • Provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.
  • In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction.
  • Non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
 
Access Pass

Access Pass
Free

  • The Access Pass replaces the Golden Access Passport.
  • Lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.
  • Documentation is required to obtain the pass.
  • Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.
  • Provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.
  • Admits the pass holder and three adult passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and per person fee areas.
  • Children under 16 are admitted free.
  • Can only be obtained in person at the park.
  • Provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction.
  • Non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
 
Active Military Pass

Active Military Pass
Free

  • Available to US military members and the dependents of deployed military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173).
  • Obtained in person at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.
  • Covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge Entrance Fees, and Standard Amenity Fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites for a year beginning from the date of the award.
  • Admits the pass owners and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to additional 3 adults at sites that charge per person.
  • Non-transferable
 
Volunteer Pass

Volunteer Pass
Free

  • Volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis.
  • Provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a year, beginning from the date of award.
  • Admits the pass holder and three adult passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and per person fee areas.
  • Children under 16 are admitted free.

Find out more about volunteer opportunities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

 

All National Parks Passes, Golden Eagle, Golden Eagle Hologram, Golden Access, and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.

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