• Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Indiana Dunes

    National Lakeshore Indiana

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  • Mount Baldy Area is Closed

    The Mount Baldy area is closed due to hazardous conditions until further notice.


Pets are permitted at many areas of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Pets must be connected to their handler at all times by a leash no longer than six feet. Pets may not be left unattended in a vehicle or tied to an object.

Beaches Open to Pets

The national lakeshore beach east of Indiana Dunes State Park is open to pets. Pets are not permitted on the beach west of the state park (State Highway 49). Pets are permitted in parking areas and trails near the beach area, but must stay off the actual closed beach.

Pets must be on a leash at all times, even when swimming in the lake. Handlers allowing pets to chase birds or otherwise harass wildlife are subject to a citation. Pet handlers are responsible for carrying waste off the beach.

Areas Closed to Pets

Most areas of the national lakeshore are open to pets. However, to better protect sensitive resources or public safety, pets are not allowed in the following areas:

  • national lakeshore beach west of Indiana Dunes State Park
  • Great Marsh Trail
  • Mount Baldy


Horses under the direct control of a rider are allowed on Glenwood Dunes trail, a one-way trail, from March 16 through December 14. The trail is closed to horses whenever snow is deeper than three inches. Owners are required to carry away horse excrement from the parking lot and picnic areas. Shoveling droppings onto the adjacent grass or into the woods is not allowed.

Special Events

During large public events, some areas are temporarily closed to pets. Watch for restrictions posted at entrances to the event area. You may also call the park staff at 219/395-1882 for information.

During special events, some areas are temporarily closed to pets.

Watch for restrictions posted on brown signs at entrances to the parking areas.

Did You Know?

A clump of trees surrounded by marsh land

Cowles Bog at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore contains the only remaining wild stand of northern white cedar in Indiana.