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Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing at National Lakeshore

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Date: August 10, 2017

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Solar eclipse fever has hit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as the region will experience an 89% eclipse of the sun! Please join National Park Service staff, astronomy experts, and volunteers as we host an informal viewing party from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Monday, August 21 at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk pavilion. The eclipse will take place from 11:55 am to 2:44 pm, peaking at 1:21 pm.

The last time a solar eclipse crossed North America from coast to coast was in 1918, and we won’t see another one like this until 2024. Visitors can enjoy the eclipse safely with special glasses that will be distributed and also watch it from a projector that will be set up in the building. Other eclipse facts and activities will be on hand for visitors to learn more about this historic event.

The Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk pavilion is located at 100 Riverwalk Drive in Portage, Indiana, approximately one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 at the terminus of State Road 249. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at and our Facebook page at


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

Last updated: August 10, 2017

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