Fees & Passes

Fees

The fee you pay when visiting Indiana Dunes at West Beach or when staying at the Dunewood Campground make a difference. Fees charged at West Beach are used to provide custodial and lifeguard services. Without you, the visitor, these services would not be possible. Fees collected from the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act allowed us to complete projects like:

  • Road improvements and trail improvements.
  • Improving accessibility for people with disabilities.
  • Campground upgrades.
  • Restore natural habitats.

Funds from fees have been used to hire students through the Public Land Corp program. These students have helped preserve the Karner Blue Butterfly habitat and restore the Mnoké Prairie and Great Marsh. Their work has included the propagation of native plants, construction of a park greenhouse and construction of water retention structures.
 
Dunewood Campground

Dunewood Campground

  • $18.00 per night camping fee (expanded amenity fee).
  • Seasonal dates: April 1 - October 31.
  • 50% discount for Senior and Access Passes.
  • First come, first served. No advance reservations.
  • Automated on-site registration and payment system (kiosk at registration building).
  • Credit, debit and gift cards (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) accepted.
  • No cash or checks accepted.
  • Allowed to stay 14 nights per 30 day period.
  • During most summer weekends the campground is full by Friday afternoon.
  • There are 66 sites: 54 drive-in sites and 12 walk-in sites; 4 sites are fully accessible.
  • No electrical or water hook-ups.
  • There are year round hiking trails. Click here for more information.
  • The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual, Volunteer and Military Passes are not accepted.

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West Beach Fee

West Beach

  • Expanded amenity fee collected for every vehicle from Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Monday of Labor Day weekend.
  • $6.00 per vehicle or motorcycle per day, $30.00 per bus per day.
  • 50% discount for Senior and Access Passes.
  • Cash, U.S. checks or credit, debit and gift cards (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) accepted.
  • This is a summer beach area with a bathhouse and lifeguards.
  • There are year round hiking trails. Click here for more information.
  • The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual, Volunteer and Military passes are not accepted at West Beach.

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Picnic Shelter

Picnic Shelter Reservations

No advance reservations. All Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore picnic shelters are available on a first come, first served basis.

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Park Passes
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act established a new pass program to replace the National Park Pass, Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and Golden Access Passports. This new pass program began January 1, 2007. The America the Beautiful - the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass program provides a number of pass options for the public to use at Federal recreation sites where entrance or standard amenity fees are charged.

 
4th Grade Pass

4th Grade Annual Pass

  • Free.
  • Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper voucher.
  • The pass is valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September -August).
  • Paper vouchers can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website and can be exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at Federal recreation sites that charge Entrance or Standard Amenity fees.
  • Digital versions of the voucher (such as on smart phones or tablets) will not be accepted to exchange for an Annual 4th Grade Pass.
  • The pass is non-transferable.
  • Educators can also be involved! Learn more at the Every Kid in a Park website.
  • Additional Details about the Annual 4th Grade Pass.
 
Annual Pass

Annual Pass

  • $80. Cash, credit cards, and debit cards accepted. No personal checks.
  • Valid for one full year from the month of purchase (through last day of that month).
  • Replaces the National Park Pass and Golden Eagle Passport.
  • Available to the general public and provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee.
  • This pass does not offer a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, parking, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.
  • Admits the pass holder and three accompanying adult passengers, age 16 and older, in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and per person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free without a pass.
  • Pass can be obtained in person at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1 or via the Internet at https://store.usgs.gov/pass.
 
LifetimeSenPass

Lifetime Senior Pass

  • $80 (effective August 28, 2017). Cash, credit cards, and debit cards accepted. No personal checks.
  • The Senior Pass replaces the Golden Age Passport.
  • Lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.
  • Provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee.
  • Admits the pass holder and three accompanying adult passengers, age 16 and older, in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and per person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free without a pass.
  • Provides a 50% discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, parking, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. These fees are park specific.
  • In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50% price reduction (typically guided tour fees).
  • Non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
  • Pass can be obtained in person at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center or by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1 or via the Internet at https://store.usgs.gov/pass.
 
AnnualSenPass

Annual Senior Pass

  • $20. Cash, credit cards, and debit cards accepted. No personal checks.
  • Valid for one full year from the month of purchase (through last day of that month).
  • The annual senior pass can be upgraded to a lifetime senior pass by exchanging up to four annual passes and paying the difference between the combined value of the annual passes ($20 each) and the $80 purchase price of the lifetime senior pass. For example, two annual senior passes ($40 value) plus $40 cash could be used to obtain a lifetime senior pass. All exchanged annual senior pass signatures must match (all passes must be from the same person).
  • The Senior Pass replaces the Golden Age Passport.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, age 62 or over.
  • Provides access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee.
  • Admits the pass holder and three accompanying adult passengers, age 16 and older, in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and per person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free without a pass.
  • Provides a 50% discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, parking, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. These fees are park specific.
  • In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50% price reduction (typically guided tour fees).
  • Non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
  • Pass can be obtained in person at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center or by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1 or via the Internet at https://store.usgs.gov/pass.
 
Access Pass

Access Pass

  • Free.
  • The Access Pass replaces the Golden Access Passport.
  • Lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.
  • Documentation is requested, but not required, to obtain the pass.
  • The applicant declares with their written signature that the following statement is applicable. "I hearby affirm that I am a citizen of or domiciled in the United States, and that I have been medically determined to have a permanent phyical, mental, or sensory impairment that severly limits one or moremajor life activities, and that I have or could obtain written documentation of that disability. Major life activities include functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, etc. (Section 504 of the Rehibilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 USC § 705(20)."
  • Provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.
  • Admits the pass holder and three adult passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and per person fee areas.
  • Children under 16 are admitted free without a pass.
  • Provides a 50% discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, parking, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. Fees are park specific.
  • In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50% price reduction (typically guided tours).
  • Non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
  • Pass can be obtained in person at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.
 
Active Military Pass

Active Military Pass

  • Free.
  • Good for one year form the date of issue.
  • Available to US military members and the dependents of deployed military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173).
  • Obtained in person at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.
  • Covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge Entrance Fees, and Standard Amenity Fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites.
  • Admits the pass owners and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to additional 3 adults at sites that charge per person.
  • Non-transferable.
  • Pass can be obtained in person at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.
 
Volunteer Pass

Volunteer Pass

  • Free.
  • Good for one year from the date of issue.
  • Volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis.
  • Provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee.
  • Admits the pass holder and three adult passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and per person fee areas.
  • Children under 16 are admitted free.
  • Find out more about volunteer opportunities at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
 

All National Parks Passes, Golden Eagle, Golden Eagle Hologram, Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.

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Last updated: August 30, 2017

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Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

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

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