• Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Indiana Dunes

    National Lakeshore Indiana

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West Beach

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Park Facility

Trail Map



Street Address

West Beach Long Lake Trail, Succession Trail, Marquette Bike Trail 041.36.51N 087.13.17W N County Line Road, Portage, 46368

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.
  • Area opens 7 a.m. and closes 30 minutes past sunset seasonally (Day after Labor through late May)
  • Area opens 8 a.m. and closes 30 minutes past sunset seasonally (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day)
  • Walk-in traffic, 6 a.m. until sunset, daily
  • Fee charged only in summer
  • Year-round restroom facilities
  • Parking lot can accomodate 596 vehicles (including bus & RV parking spaces)
  • Information board listing current park activities
  • Bath house with showers and lockers (will open on May 22 for the season)

Fun Facts:

  • Southern most tip of Lake Michigan
  • Research area for universities
Driving Directions:
  1. Starting at U.S. 80/94, go north on U.S. 51/Ripley Street 1 mile.
  2. Turn right (east) on Melton Road/U.S. 20 go 0.9 mile.
  3. Turn left (north) on County Line Road and go 1 2/10 mile.
  4. Turn right (east) into the entrance to West Beach and follow road to parking area.

Did You Know?

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On November 29, 2006, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, dedicated the new Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center. The facility is be shared with the Porter County Visitor Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission. More...