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Make it a beach day! Join rangers every Saturday from June 16 through September 1 starting at 1:00 pm and lasting until 30 minutes past sunset at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach. Activities will include kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, a sunset hike, and a beach campfire. Try out a kayak or paddleboard starting at 2:00 pm. All equipment is provided for free. A one-hour sunset hike on the Dune Succession Trail will start from the Ranger Contact Station located in the north end of the West Beach parking lot. This trail offers stunning views of the sunset over Lake Michigan with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop. A beach campfire, complete with marshmallow toasting, will start shortly before sunset.
There is a $6 per car parking fee charged until 7:00 pm. Please bring a picnic dinner and don’t forget warmer clothing for the evening sunset and beach campfire. Meet at the West Beach parking lot located at 376 North County Line Road in Portage. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/indu and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 417 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Located in Northwest Indiana, the park includes 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 15,000 acres of biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies, and marshes. Up to 2 million visitors come to the Indiana Dunes each year. Check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/