Central Avenue Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Central Beach
Central Avenue Beach in the past.

Getting There

Central Avenue Beach Parking Lot
3/4 mile north of the intersection with U.S. Highway 12 in the Town of Pines.

GPS Coordinates
41.701488, -86.948473 (Decimal Degrees).

Need to Know

  • Open seasonally from mid-April through mid-November.
  • 6 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset.
  • Free (no access fee).
  • The removal of rocks, shells, and fossils is strictly prohibited.
  • Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter).
  • Alcohol is permitted when used responsibly.
  • Glass containers are prohibited on all beaches.
  • There are two picnic tables located at the west end of the parking lot.
  • Seasonal restrooms and potable water from mid-April through mid-October.
  • Parking lot has 70 spots and will fill up quickly on summer weekends.
  • Visitors are strongly urged to safely remain on the beach area and not to climb up on the dune slopes directly behind the beach.
Visitor Activities
  • Swimming. No lifeguards. Swim at your own risk; rip currents and waves can make swimming hazardous.
  • During the spring and summer, watch the Bank Swallows come and go from their nests in the dunes.

Nearby Beaches

Central Avenue Beach, July 2016
Central Avenue Beach, May 2016.

Last updated: August 17, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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