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?
In 1972, Chellberg Farm became part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. In the mid-1800s many Swedes settled in Porter County. Three generations of Chellbergs farmed this land.