Kayaking with a Ranger at National Lakeshore

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Date: July 6, 2015
Contact: Julie Larsen, 219-395-1821

Join a national park ranger between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on Sunday July 19 or August 16 for an easy float on the Marquette Park Lagoons. It takes about one hour to kayak the lagoons and the trip includes a close-up view of the lodge of one of our busiest animals, the American beaver. The ranger’s kayak will circle the lagoon on the hour to lead any new visitors in their kayaks.
Meet at the stairs just north of the Marquette Pavilion and just around the bend from the main parking entrance to Marquette Park Beach. Visitors must bring their own kayak, life jacket and paddles. Parking is available at Marquette Park Beach for a fee. This program is done in partnership with the Gary Parks Department.
After the paddle, enjoy free refreshments at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center, only a 10 minute drive away. As always during the Douglas Center’s open house, visitors can make a free craft, enjoy the hands-on exhibits or help feed the center’s resident amphibians, reptiles and fish.

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, Gary, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 407 units of the National Park System ranging from 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 in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year. Check our Facebook page at induquestions@gmail.com.

Last updated: July 7, 2015

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