Central Avenue Beach - 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 everyday from April 16th to November 14th.
  • 7 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset.
  • Free (no access fee).
  • Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter).
  • Glass containers are prohibited on all beaches.
  • Seasonal restrooms and potable water.
  • 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.

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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 N. Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


(219) 395-1882

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