Beach Parking

For beach parking information, call: 219-395-1003

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

NPS Photo

To assist the public in finding an open beach and one that has available parking, the National Park Service will provide a Beach Parking Information Line.

The public can call 219-395-1003 to get recorded information on available parking at Indiana Dunes National Park beaches and the nearby Indiana Dunes State Park. This information line will be updated regularly throughout the day during beach season between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

This information can help visitors avoid smaller, more crowded national park beaches and parking lots–
like Porter, Kemil, and Mount Baldy–that tend to fill early on weekends and make social distancing more difficult. The potential for dangerous crowding on beaches is increased with current closures of beach access at Central Avenue and Lake View due to damage from erosion, as well as narrower beaches resulting from record high lake levels.

National park rangers and local officials will be monitoring park beaches and parking lots for overcrowding and dangerous conditions. Beaches and parking lots will be closed if needed to protect public health. Visitors are urged to stay safe by practicing social distancing on the beaches to protect their health and that of other visitors.

 
 

Central Avenue Beach

41.701488, -86.948473
SPACES
68 Total
0 Oversized
Paved parking lot with 68 parking spaces. 0 spaces are accessible.
Fee
There are no entrance or expanded amenity fees.
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.
Fee
There are no entrance or expanded amenity fees.
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.
Fee
There are no entrance or expanded amenity fees.
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 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.
Fee
There are no entrance or expanded amenity fees.
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.
Fee
There are no entrance or expanded amenity fees.
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.
Fee
There are no entrance or expanded amenities fees.
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.
Fee
There are no entrance or expanded amenity fees.
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
Vehicles
From the start of Memorial Day weekend through the end of Labor Day weekend, West Beach has an expanded amenity fee to enter.
Cost: $6.00
Bus
From the start of Memorial Day weekend through the end of Labor Day weekend, West Beach has an expanded amenity fee to enter.
Cost: $30.00
Access Pass
From the start of Memorial Day weekend through the end of Labor Day weekend, West Beach has an expanded amenity fee to enter.
Cost: $3.00
Senior Pass
From the start of Memorial Day weekend through the end of Labor Day weekend, West Beach has an expanded amenity fee to enter.
Cost: $3.00
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: October 13, 2020

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Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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