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The National Park Service has announced that access to Central Avenue Beach, located in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, will reopen on July 1st. Central Avenue Beach has been closed since spring due to a roadway collapse and flooding of its access roads.
The Town of Beverly Shores and the National Park Service have worked cooperatively to control flooding of Beverly Drive and the park is completing emergency repairs of a collapsed portion of Central Avenue.
he reopening of these two roads will allow full access to Central Avenue Beach. Repair work on Central Avenue will be completed by the morning of July 1st allowing access to the beach from both Beverly Drive and Central Avenue.
Central Avenue is a popular beach area and its 70-car parking lot fills quickly. Visitors are advised to arrive early on weekends and holidays to get a parking spot. The beach is open from 6:00 am – 11:00 pm. With high lake levels the beach area may be limited. There are no lifeguards at this beach so swimmers must understand the dangers of Lake Michigan before entering the water. Swimming is strongly discouraged when there is rough water or large waves due to the danger of potential rip currents. Even with calm water, non-swimmers and children should always be very closely monitored by an adult.
For more information on Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call the national lakeshore’s information desk at 219-395-1882 or go to the webpage at nps.gov/indu.