Fishing and Boating
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Fishing is allowed under federal, state, and local laws. You need an Indiana Fishing License and trout-salmon stamp. Watch for drop-offs in creeks and along beaches. The Little Calumet River has dangerous currents.
Boaters must stay 500 feet from marked swimming areas, even when beaching. Nearby communities offer boat-launches. Personal watercraft are prohibited. The national lakeshore has no boat-launches.
For additional information about fishing we recommend visiting the following webpages maintained by Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife:
For additional information about boating we recommend visiting the following webpages:
Did You Know?
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has more than 1,135 native plant species distributed over six plant communities. Among all the national parks in the United States, it ranks seventh in plant diversity. This is an amazing feat for 15,000+ acres.