Pets are members of our families, but there are some things you should be aware of before bringing your pet to the park.
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.
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.
Restricted Pet Areas
With the exception of assistance animals, the possession of pets is prohibited in the following areas:
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.
Pet restrictions and closures are in place to allow for compatible use of areas, threats to wildlife, damage to sensitive plants and to cooperate with local and state regulations.