• Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Indiana Dunes

    National Lakeshore Indiana

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Fishing and Boating

A ranger assists a young boy with unhooking his fish.

A ranger assists a young boy with unhooking his fish.

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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?

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On November 29, 2006, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, dedicated the new Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center. The facility is be shared with the Porter County Visitor Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission. More...