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Parking and Hours
Central Avenue Beach
Paved parking lot with 68 parking spaces. 0 spaces are accessible. An entrance pass, annual pass, or lifetime is needed to park in this lot. Visit https://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/fees.htm for more information.
7 Day Motorcycle Fee
Per motorcycle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
7-Day Park Entrance Pass - Family-Size Vehicle Pass
Per private family-sized vehicle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
7-Day Per Person Entrance Pass (Organized, non-commercial groups)
Visitors 16 years of age or older who enter on foot, bicycle, boat, or as part of an organized group not involved in a commercial tour.
Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass
This pass provides entry for the pass owner(s) and passengers in a family-sized vehicle. This pass only works at the Indiana Dunes National Park and is not accepted at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Annual Pass (Interagency)
Interagency passes like America the Beautiful and The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.
Annual Military Pass (Interagency)
Active, Veteran or Gold Star Family.
Annual Fourth Grade Pass for US Students in Fourth Grade
Every Kid in a Park (EKIP), an initiative to encourage 4th grade children and their families to enjoy our country’s national parks and public lands, for FREE.
Annual Senior Pass (Interagency)
The senior pass is available for citizens above the age of 62.
Lifetime Senior Pass (Interagency)
A one-time fee for senior citizens above the age of 62.
Lifetime Access Pass
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, that have a permanent disability.
During the peak season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend), the parking lot can fill up fast.
Central Avenue Beach Parking Lot
One mile north of the intersection of Central Avenue and U.S. Highway 12 in the Town of Pines.
Need to Know
Know Before You Go!
The Dangers of Shelf Ice
Stay off the shelf ice! Despite its unusual beauty, don't risk your life. Enjoy the view of the shelf ice—from a distance!
Be on the lookout this summer for rip currents on Lake Michigan.
Before your next visit to the beach, learn how to spot a rip current and what to do if you get caught in one. Always check the local beach forecast for any warnings, and exercise caution.
IF CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT
♦ Don't fight the current
♦ Know how to swim
Last updated: December 21, 2022