• Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Indiana Dunes

    National Lakeshore Indiana

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Picnic

Junior Rangers having a picnic.

Junior Ranger picnic

Tables are provided at Tolleston Dunes Overlook.

Tables are located at the below locations. Cooking fires are permitted in the provided grills or approved grills* in the following areas only:

Charcoal must be cooled and safely disposed of in a noncombustible container or removed from the area. Shelters and restrooms are located at West Beach, Bailly-Chellberg Visitor Center, Lake View, Mount Baldy and Tremont areas.

*An approved grill is a noncombustible container with an enclosed bottom and enclosed sides with a minimum depth of 2 inches.

Did You Know?

a sea of tall grasses and catails in a marsh setting and trees in the background

Cowles Bog is not a true bog but rather a fen because it has an underground water source. This water source has contact with limestone bedrock, making the fen’s water slightly alkaline. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is restoring a portion of this fen.