Beach Parking

picnic shelter and large parking lot
Empty parking lot at West Beach

NPS Photo

Indiana Dunes National Park (INDU) is piloting a project to improve parking and traffic congestion issues at popular parking locations beginning April or May 2022. The project will use technology and guidance sensors to provide information about parking space availability at a given location in real-time via a mobile-friendly website, ensuring that more time is spent enjoying the beach/trails and less time is spent stuck in traffic on any given visit. Once the sensors are installed and the website is functioning, visitors will be able to check whether a select parking lot has available spaces or if it’s full in real-time, eliminating the need for visitors to circle the park looking for a space. Visitors will be able to access this real-time information from their smartphone, tablet, or computer via www.congestionmonitor.com/INDU. Parking space availability data will also be displayed in real-time at the Indiana Dunes Visitor’s Center at 1215 SR-49, Porter, IN 46304. For the 2022 season, parking space availability will be available at select locations, but there are plans to have this information available at all national park parking areas in the near-term. More information will be available when the parking lot locations are confirmed.

 
 

Central Avenue Beach

41.701488, -86.948473
SPACES
68 Total
0 Oversized
Paved parking lot with 68 parking spaces. 0 spaces are accessible. An entrance pass, annual pass, or lifetime is needed to park in this lot. Visit https://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/fees.htm for more information.
7 Day Motorcycle Fee
Per motorcycle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $20.00
7-Day Park Entrance Pass - Family-Size Vehicle Pass
Per private family-sized vehicle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $25.00
7-Day Per Person Entrance Pass (Organized, non-commercial groups)
Visitors 16 years of age or older who enter on foot, bicycle, boat, or as part of an organized group not involved in a commercial tour.
Cost: $15.00
Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass
This pass provides entry for the pass owner(s) and passengers in a family-sized vehicle. This pass only works at the Indiana Dunes National Park and is not accepted at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Cost: $45.00
Annual Pass (Interagency)
Interagency passes like America the Beautiful and The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.
Cost: $80.00
Annual Military Pass (Interagency)
Active, Veteran or Gold Star Family.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Fourth Grade Pass for US Students in Fourth Grade
Every Kid in a Park (EKIP), an initiative to encourage 4th grade children and their families to enjoy our country’s national parks and public lands, for FREE.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Senior Pass (Interagency)
The senior pass is available for citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $20.00
Lifetime Senior Pass (Interagency)
A one-time fee for senior citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $80.00
Lifetime Access Pass
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, that have a permanent disability.
Cost: $0.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Mon: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tue: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Wed: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thu: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fri: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sat: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

During the peak season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend), the parking lot can fill up fast.

Amenities:
Accessible Lot: No
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 0
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 0
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 0
Total number of spaces: 68
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 0
   
   
The parking lot is paved. There are no accessible parking spaces.
 

Dunbar Beach

41.683551, -87.002856
SPACES
24 Total
0 Oversized
Dunbar Beach parking lot is paved and has facilities located within the parking lot.
7 Day Motorcycle Fee
Per motorcycle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $20.00
7-Day Park Entrance Pass - Family-Size Vehicle Pass
Per private family-sized vehicle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $25.00
7-Day Per Person Entrance Pass (Organized, non-commercial groups)
Visitors 16 years of age or older who enter on foot, bicycle, boat, or as part of an organized group not involved in a commercial tour.
Cost: $15.00
Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass
This pass provides entry for the pass owner(s) and passengers in a family-sized vehicle. This pass only works at the Indiana Dunes National Park and is not accepted at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Cost: $45.00
Annual Pass (Interagency)
Interagency passes like America the Beautiful and The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.
Cost: $80.00
Annual Military Pass (Interagency)
Active, Veteran or Gold Star Family.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Fourth Grade Pass for US Students in Fourth Grade
Every Kid in a Park (EKIP), an initiative to encourage 4th grade children and their families to enjoy our country’s national parks and public lands, for FREE.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Senior Pass (Interagency)
The senior pass is available for citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $20.00
Lifetime Senior Pass (Interagency)
A one-time fee for senior citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $80.00
Lifetime Access Pass
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, that have a permanent disability.
Cost: $0.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Mon: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tue: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Wed: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thu: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fri: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sat: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

During the peak season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) the parking lot can fill up quickly.

Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 2
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 1
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 2
Total number of spaces: 24
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 0
   
   
The parking lot is paved and the facilities are accessible. The parking lot is on top of a hill and there are steps down to the beach.
 

Kemil Beach

41.677357, -87.00895
SPACES
96 Total
0 Oversized
The parking lot is paved and there are facilities located on site.
7 Day Motorcycle Fee
Per motorcycle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $20.00
7-Day Park Entrance Pass - Family-Size Vehicle Pass
Per private family-sized vehicle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $25.00
7-Day Per Person Entrance Pass (Organized, non-commercial groups)
Visitors 16 years of age or older who enter on foot, bicycle, boat, or as part of an organized group not involved in a commercial tour.
Cost: $15.00
Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass
This pass provides entry for the pass owner(s) and passengers in a family-sized vehicle. This pass only works at the Indiana Dunes National Park and is not accepted at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Cost: $45.00
Annual Pass (Interagency)
Interagency passes like America the Beautiful and The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.
Cost: $80.00
Annual Military Pass (Interagency)
Active, Veteran or Gold Star Family.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Fourth Grade Pass for US Students in Fourth Grade
Every Kid in a Park (EKIP), an initiative to encourage 4th grade children and their families to enjoy our country’s national parks and public lands, for FREE.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Senior Pass (Interagency)
The senior pass is available for citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $20.00
Lifetime Senior Pass (Interagency)
A one-time fee for senior citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $80.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Mon: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tue: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Wed: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thu: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fri: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sat: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

During the peak season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) the parking lot can be very busy.

Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 2
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 2
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 2
Total number of spaces: 96
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 0
   
   
The parking lot is paved and the facilities are accessible. There is a paved sidewalk down to the beach.
 

Lake View

41.686222, -86.996077
SPACES
25 Total
0 Oversized
The parking lot of Lake View is paved and accessible. Facilities and a shelter are also accessible. There are stairs down to the beach.
7 Day Motorcycle Fee
Per motorcycle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $20.00
7-Day Park Entrance Pass - Family-Size Vehicle Pass
Per private family-sized vehicle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $25.00
7-Day Per Person Entrance Pass (Organized, non-commercial groups)
Visitors 16 years of age or older who enter on foot, bicycle, boat, or as part of an organized group not involved in a commercial tour.
Cost: $15.00
Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass
This pass provides entry for the pass owner(s) and passengers in a family-sized vehicle. This pass only works at the Indiana Dunes National Park and is not accepted at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Cost: $45.00
Annual Pass (Interagency)
Interagency passes like America the Beautiful and The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.
Cost: $80.00
Annual Military Pass (Interagency)
Active, Veteran or Gold Star Family.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Fourth Grade Pass for US Students in Fourth Grade
Every Kid in a Park (EKIP), an initiative to encourage 4th grade children and their families to enjoy our country’s national parks and public lands, for FREE.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Senior Pass (Interagency)
The senior pass is available for citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $20.00
Lifetime Senior Pass (Interagency)
A one-time fee for senior citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $80.00
Lifetime Access Pass
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, that have a permanent disability.
Cost: $0.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Mon: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tue: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Wed: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thu: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fri: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sat: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 2
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 2
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 2
Total number of spaces: 25
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 0
   
   
The parking lot, facilities, and shelter are all accessible. There are steps down to the beach.
 

Mt. Baldy

41.706852, -86.929907
SPACES
89 Total
3 Oversized
The parking lot is paved and facilities are located on site.
7 Day Motorcycle Fee
Per motorcycle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $20.00
7-Day Park Entrance Pass - Family-Size Vehicle Pass
Per private family-sized vehicle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $25.00
7-Day Per Person Entrance Pass (Organized, non-commercial groups)
Visitors 16 years of age or older who enter on foot, bicycle, boat, or as part of an organized group not involved in a commercial tour.
Cost: $15.00
Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass
This pass provides entry for the pass owner(s) and passengers in a family-sized vehicle. This pass only works at the Indiana Dunes National Park and is not accepted at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Cost: $45.00
Annual Pass (Interagency)
Interagency passes like America the Beautiful and The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.80.00
Cost: $80.00
Annual Military Pass (Interagency)
Active, Veteran or Gold Star Family.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Fourth Grade Pass for US Students in Fourth Grade
Every Kid in a Park (EKIP), an initiative to encourage 4th grade children and their families to enjoy our country’s national parks and public lands, for FREE
Cost: $0.00
Annual Senior Pass (Interagency)
The senior pass is available for citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $20.00
Lifetime Senior Pass (Interagency)
A one-time fee for senior citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $80.00
Lifetime Access Pass
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, that have a permanent disability.
Cost: $0.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Mon: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tue: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Wed: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thu: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fri: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sat: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 0
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 0
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 0
Total number of spaces: 89
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 3
   
   
The parking lot and facilities are accessible. The trail to the beach is not accessible.
 

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

41.630994, -87.178383
SPACES
97 Total
0 Oversized
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk has 3 separate parking lots.
7 Day Motorcycle Fee
Per motorcycle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $20.00
7-Day Park Entrance Pass - Family-Size Vehicle Pass
Per private family-sized vehicle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $25.00
7-Day Per Person Entrance Pass (Organized, non-commercial groups)
Visitors 16 years of age or older who enter on foot, bicycle, boat, or as part of an organized group not involved in a commercial tour.
Cost: $15.00
Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass
This pass provides entry for the pass owner(s) and passengers in a family-sized vehicle. This pass only works at the Indiana Dunes National Park and is not accepted at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Cost: $45.00
Annual Pass (Interagency)
Interagency passes like America the Beautiful and The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.
Cost: $80.00
Annual Military Pass (Interagency)
Active, Veteran or Gold Star Family.0.00
Cost: $0.00
Annual Fourth Grade Pass for US Students in Fourth Grade
Every Kid in a Park (EKIP), an initiative to encourage 4th grade children and their families to enjoy our country’s national parks and public lands, for FREE.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Senior Pass (Interagency)
The senior pass is available for citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $20.00
Lifetime Senior Pass (Interagency)
A one-time fee for senior citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $80.00
Lifetime Access Pass
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, that have a permanent disability.
Cost: $0.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Mon: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tue: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Wed: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thu: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fri: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sat: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

The parking lot can be busy during the peak season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend).

Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 8
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 8
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 8
Total number of spaces: 97
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 0
   
   
The parking lot and pavilion are paved and accessible. There are some steep hills and stairs closer to the shoreline.
 

Porter Beach

41.660272, -87.069387
SPACES
65 Total
0 Oversized
Porter Beach has 2 parking lots. The North parking lot is closest to the Lake and facilities. The South parking lot is gravel.
7 Day Motorcycle Fee
Per motorcycle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $20.00
7-Day Park Entrance Pass - Family-Size Vehicle Pass
Per private family-sized vehicle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $25.00
7-Day Per Person Entrance Pass (Organized, non-commercial groups)
Visitors 16 years of age or older who enter on foot, bicycle, boat, or as part of an organized group not involved in a commercial tour.
Cost: $15.00
Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass
This pass provides entry for the pass owner(s) and passengers in a family-sized vehicle. This pass only works at the Indiana Dunes National Park and is not accepted at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Cost: $45.00
Annual Pass (Interagency)
Interagency passes like America the Beautiful and The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.
Cost: $80.00
Annual Military Pass (Interagency)
Active, Veteran or Gold Star Family.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Fourth Grade Pass for US Students in Fourth Grade
Every Kid in a Park (EKIP), an initiative to encourage 4th grade children and their families to enjoy our country’s national parks and public lands, for FREE.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Senior Pass (Interagency)
The senior pass is available for citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $20.00
Lifetime Senior Pass (Interagency)
A one-time fee for senior citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $80.00
Lifetime Access Pass
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, that have a permanent disability.
Cost: $0.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Mon: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tue: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Wed: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thu: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fri: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sat: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

During the peak season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) the parking lots can become busy.

Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 6
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 4
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 6
Total number of spaces: 65
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 0
   
   
The North parking lot is paved and closest to the beach and accessible facilities. The South parking lot is gravel.
 

West Beach

41.622934, -87.207747
SPACES
655 Total
50 Oversized
7 Day Motorcycle Fee
Per motorcycle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $20.00
7-Day Park Entrance Pass - Family-Size Vehicle Pass
Per private family-sized vehicle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $25.00
7-Day Per Person Entrance Pass (Organized, non-commercial groups)
Visitors 16 years of age or older who enter on foot, bicycle, boat, or as part of an organized group not involved in a commercial tour.
Cost: $15.00
Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass
This pass provides entry for the pass owner(s) and passengers in a family-sized vehicle. This pass only works at the Indiana Dunes National Park and is not accepted at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Cost: $45.00
Annual Pass (Interagency)
Interagency passes like America the Beautiful and The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.
Cost: $80.00
Annual Military Pass (Interagency)
Active, Veteran or Gold Star Family.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Fourth Grade Pass for US Students in Fourth Grade
Every Kid in a Park (EKIP), an initiative to encourage 4th grade children and their families to enjoy our country’s national parks and public lands, for FREE.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Senior Pass (Interagency)
The senior pass is available for citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $20.00
Lifetime Senior Pass (Interagency)
A one-time fee for senior citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $80.00
Lifetime Access Pass
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, that have a permanent disability.
Cost: $0.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Mon: From 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tue: From 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Wed: From 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thu: From 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fri: From 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sat: From 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

During the peak Summer Season, West Beach can become busy.

Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 20
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 20
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 0
Total number of spaces: 655
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 50
   
   
 

Last updated: April 5, 2022

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1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter , IN 46304

Phone:

219 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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