• Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Indiana Dunes

    National Lakeshore Indiana

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West Beach

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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.
 
Facilities:
  • Area opens 7 a.m. and closes 30 minutes past sunset, daily, except from Memorial Day through Labor Day, when area is open, 9 a.m. to dusk, daily
  • Walk-in traffic, 6 a.m. until sunset, daily
  • Fee charged only in summer
  • Year-round restroom facilities
  • 300-vehicle parking lot 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
 
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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?

two horses pulling a machine use to rake hay with a farmer riding on the rake

In 1972, Chellberg Farm became part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. In the mid-1800s many Swedes settled in Porter County. Three generations of Chellbergs farmed this land.