Operating Hours & Seasons

Unless otherwise posted or noted below, all public use areas are open from sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset.

 
Visitor Center
National Lakeshore Visitor Center

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center
1215 North Indiana State Road 49
Porter, IN 46304
(219) 395-1882

  • Open Everyday.
  • 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend).
  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Winter months).
  • Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day holidays.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.633349, -87.053762 (Decimal Degrees).

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Park Headquarters
Park Headquarters

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Headquarters
1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304
(219) 395-1772

  • Open Monday - Friday.
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed for federal holidays.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.630647, -87.086771 (Decimal Degrees).

 
West Beach Bath House
Bath House

West Beach Bath House
376 North County Line Road
Gary, IN 46403

  • Open Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend.
  • 8:00 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.622509, -87.207993 (Decimal Degrees).

West Beach Expanded Amenity Fee

  • Collected Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Monday of Labor Day weekend.
  • $6.00 per vehicle and 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.

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Dunewood Campground Registration Building
Registration Building

Dunewood Campground
645 Broadway Avenue
Beverly Shores, IN 46301

(219) 395-1882

  • Campground is currently closed for the winter.
  • 2017 season dates: April 1 - October 31.
  • First come, first served. No advance reservations.
  • $18.00 per night camping fee (expanded amenity fee).
  • 50% discount for Senior and Access Passes.
  • Credit, debit and gift cards (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) accepted.
  • Automated on-site registration and payment system (kiosk at registration building).
  • No electrical or water hook-ups.
  • Allowed to stay 14 nights per 30 day period.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.671786, -86.983985 (Decimal Degrees).

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Douglas Center
Paul H. Douglas Center

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 N Lake Street
Gary, IN 46403
(219) 395-1821

  • Open Everyday, Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend.
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Open Monday - Saturday, closed Sundays in the winter.
  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.606286, -87.267483 (Decimal Degrees).

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Pavilion
Portage Lakefront Pavilion

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Pavilion
1000 Riverwalk Drive
Portage, IN 46368

  • Open Everyday.
  • 8 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset.
  • For more information about public programs offered here, please contact the Portage Parks and Recreation Department at (219) 762-1675 ext. 301 or the National Park Service at (219) 395-1644.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.630777, -87.178102 (Decimal Degrees).

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Cowles Lodge
Cowles Lodge

Dunes Learning Center
700 Howe Road
Chesterton, IN 46304
(219) 395-9555

  • Nonprofit National Park Service education partner offering year-round environmental education programs at their residential Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campus, as well as sites in and around the park.

  • Works with schools, youth groups, families and the National Park Service to immerse kids in the nature and culture of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

  • Summer camps for ages 6 to 17 are offered.

  • Open weekdays. Additional hours as indicated at www.duneslearningcenter.org.

  • Located at the site of the historic Good Fellow Youth Camp.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.625316, -87.096346 (Decimal Degrees).

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Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 N. Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

(219) 395-1882

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