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INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Erosion from large waves earlier this week took out what little sand was left at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Central Avenue Beach. The result is an 8-foot drop-off from the access path down to a mix of clay and asphalt chunks from an old road bed. Due to these dangerous conditions, the National Park Service has closed Central Avenue Beach and its parking lot effective immediately. The area will be monitored and reopened after the beach sand has been replenished through natural deposition from the lake. The continuing high water level of Lake Michigan makes the reopening of the beach in the near future highly unlikely.
The ranger-led Sunset Hikes at Central Avenue Beach that are scheduled every Wednesday night and on selected Saturdays during the summer will be moved to Kemil Beach. For more information on these programs, call the national lakeshore’s information desk at 219-395-1882 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Despite this closure, over 13 miles of beach remain open to the public. National lakeshore beaches that remain open include West Beach, Porter, Kemil, Dunbar and Lakeview. In addition, the neighboring Indiana Dunes State Park remains fully open to the public.