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).
  • 2016 season: April 1 through 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

NEW! Annual 4th Grade 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.
  • Good for one year from the date of issue.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pass an 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 http://store.usgs.gov/pass.
 
Senior Pass

Senior Pass

  • $10.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Provides a 50% discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch and specialized interpretive services.
  • In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50% price reduction.
  • 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.
 
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 required to obtain the pass.
  • Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.
  • 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.
  • Provides a 50% discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching and specialized interpretive services.
  • In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50% price reduction.
  • 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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Mailing Address:

1100 N. Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

(219) 395-1882

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