Welcome to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore! It is a privilege and honor for us to serve you as the management team for this beautiful and biologically rich National Park. Situated one-hour from Chicago, Indiana Dunes is one of the most popular national lakeshores along Lake Michigan. About 2 million visitors annually enjoy its bogs, prairies, wetlands, scenic beaches, and forested dunes. About 180 dedicated park employees work hard every day to carry out the park's mission of:
"to preserve for the educational, inspirational, and recreational use of the public certain portions of the Indiana Dunes and other areas of scenic, scientific, and historic interest and recreational value in the State of Indiana."
This means that we are protecting the park resources so that your children and your children's children can experience, enjoy, and appreciate the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that you know and love today. Explore this part of the website to discover how park management, employees, and partners work to accomplish this mission. Feel free to contact us at (219)926-7561 if you have questions or concerns.
To effectively manage a national park unit and plan for its future, a basic understanding of a park's resources, values, and history is needed - a foundation for planning and management. These are called foundation documents. Foundation documents are at the core of each park's planning portfolio.
Each foundation document aims to answer critical questions such as:
What is the purpose of this park?
Why was it included in the national park system?
What makes it significant?
What are its fundamental resources and values?
What legal and policy requirements, special mandates, and administrative commitments apply to this park?
What are the park's key planning and data needs?