West Beach

West Beach

Nathaniel Moreno, NPS Collection


Facility Hours
Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day (User Fee)
Open Daily: 8:00 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset

Day after Labor Day - Late May
Open Daily: 7:00 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset

Walk-in traffic
Open Daily: 6:00 a.m. - sunset

  • Fee charged only in summer
  • Parking lot can accomodate 596 vehicles (including bus & RV parking spaces)
  • Year round restroom facilities
  • Information board listing current park activities

Bath House
Open May 22 for the season

  • Showers
  • Lockers

Street Address
N County Line Road
Portage, IN 46368

GPS Coordinates

West Beach Trails Map

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Visitor Activities

  • Swim in the cool waters of Lake Michigan. Lifeguards are on duty in the summer.
  • Hike through the dunes on the many marked trails.
  • Fish in nearby Long Lake.
  • Bird watch along the shoreline or marked trails.

Fun Facts

  • Southern most tip of Lake Michigan
  • Research area for universities

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