Weddings & Permits
Special Use Permits
Special Park Uses are activities that take place within a national park outside typical and ordinary use. These events may include activities such as weddings, commercial filming and sales activities. Special Park Use activities may only take place with written authorization from the National Park Service in the form of a Special Use Permit, Commercial Filming Permit or a Commercial Use Authorization.
While many activities are appropriate for a national park, our regulations outline what types of activities are allowed. Criteria for permissible activities as well as answers to many questions about permits are available here: Download Special Park Uses FAQ
There are some special considerations that relate to weddings. Persons interested in hosting a wedding ceremony will find answers to the most common questions here: Download Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Wedding FAQ
We can accept a permits application at least three weeks but no more than six months prior to the proposed event. Your application must include a non-refundable payment for the costs of processing the application. This payment is $65.00 for simple activities and $200.00 for more complex events. Additional charges may also apply. Submitting an application does not guarantee the activity will be approved.
If you are not sure your activity needs a permit or have other questions, please contact the Chief Ranger's Office at 219-395-1644.
POWERLESS FLIGHT/HANG-GLIDING/PARAGLIDING PERMIT
Due to ongoing dune restoration efforts, flight permits are suspended. New permits are not available and current permits are suspended. We will post updated information as conditions change.
SMELT SEASON FIRE PERMIT
Anglers interested in building a traditional cooking fire must obtain a permit. These are available during normal business hours at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center, Bailly Ranger Station, 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, Indiana 46404
PORTAGE LAKEFRONT AND RIVERWALK AFTER-HOURS FISHING PERMIT
Anglers interested in fishing at this location after park closure hours must obtain a permit. These are available during normal business hours at the following locations:Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park Headquarters
1100 N. Mineral Springs Road
Porter, Indiana 46403
City of Portage Parks Department, Woodland Park
2100 Willowcreek Road
· Permit must be carried and the dashboard card must be displayed while in the park.
· Permit is valid at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk only
Did You Know?
Poet Carl Sandburg and Artist Frank Dudley were inspired by the dunes. Today, through the park's Artist-in-Residence program, artists come to the dunes to create and share their work.