Laws & Policies

Indiana Dunes National Park- Superintendent's Compendium Of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and Other Restrictions Imposed Under Discretionary Authority

The Superintendent has discretionary authority, under the provisions of 16 USC 3, and in accordance with the regulations and delegated authority provided in Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Chapter I, Parts 1-7, to establish regulatory provisions for the proper management, protection, and government and public use of Indiana Dunes National Park. The regulatory provisions, reviewed annually, are listed in the Compendium of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements, and other Restrictions. Proposed regulations are reviewed for consistency with applicable legislation and federal administrative policies and are based upon a determination that such actions are necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety, aesthetic values, and to avoid conflicts among visitor use activities.


36 CFR Part 1-199 Parks, Forests, and Public Property

36 CFR contains the regulations "for the proper use, management, government, and protection of persons, property, and natural and cultural resources within areas under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service." The regulations are "utilized to fulfill the statutory purposes of units of the National Park System: to conserve scenery, natural and historic objects, and wildlife, and to provide for the enjoyment of those resources in a manner that will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

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United States Code

The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives. Since 1926, the United States Code has been published every six years. In between editions, annual cumulative supplements are published in order to present the most current information. Indiana Dunes National Park utilizes both the Conservation (Title 16) and Crimes and Criminal Procedure (Title 18) in management and enforcement efforts.


Firearm Policy

As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state’s website. Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.


Park Management Documents

Superintendent's Compendium
Foundation Document (PDF, 6.27 MB)

Last updated: September 25, 2021

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1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter , IN 46304


219 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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