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A slow start to summer with cool and rainy days seems to have had no effect on the attendance rates at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. In fact, it seems to be quite the opposite.
Visitors to the lakeshore have increased by 5% compared to this time last year. This year over 800,000 people from all over visited Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to enjoy the beaches, trails, educational activities, long distance views of Chicago and of course the dunes. A total of 55,592 visitors came out to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore during the long July 4th holiday weekend.
“Not even the damp June weather kept visitors away,” stated Superintendent Constantine Dillon. June showed an increase in visitation of over 27% compared to June of 2008. The one area of decrease in visitation is Dunewood Campground which showed less than one percent decrease in visitation from last year.
Stop by Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center, at the intersection of State Road 49 and U.S. Highway 20 in Porter, Indiana and pick up a copy of the Singing Sands to discover all the ranger guided activities across the park, as well as some tips for a safe visit. The summer is just getting started, what a great time to come out and explore your neighborhood national park.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 391 units of the National Park System ranging form Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie inn the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year.