Beach Parking

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

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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 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.


Parking Lot

Central Avenue Beach

  • 68 total spaces
  • 0 oversized spaces
  • 41.701488, -86.948473
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 for more information.

Parking Lot

Dunbar Beach

  • 24 total spaces
  • 0 oversized spaces
  • 41.683551, -87.002856
Dunbar Beach parking lot is paved and has facilities located within the parking lot.

Parking Lot

Kemil Beach

  • 96 total spaces
  • 0 oversized spaces
  • 41.677357, -87.00895
The parking lot is paved and there are facilities located on site.

Parking Lot

Lake View

  • 25 total spaces
  • 0 oversized spaces
  • 41.686222, -86.996077
The parking lot of Lake View is paved and accessible. Facilities and a shelter are also accessible. There are stairs down to the beach.

Parking Lot

Mt. Baldy

  • 89 total spaces
  • 3 oversized spaces
  • 41.706852, -86.929907
The parking lot is paved and facilities are located on site.

Parking Lot

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

  • 97 total spaces
  • 0 oversized spaces
  • 41.630994, -87.178383
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk has 3 separate parking lots.

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Porter Beach

  • 65 total spaces
  • 0 oversized spaces
  • 41.660272, -87.069387
Porter Beach has 2 parking lots. The North parking lot is closest to the Lake and facilities. The South parking lot is gravel, which is closed for construction until further notice due to a paving project at the site.

Parking Lot

West Beach

  • 655 total spaces
  • 50 oversized spaces
  • 41.622934, -87.207747

Last updated: April 5, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


219 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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