Operating Hours & Seasons

Unless otherwise posted or noted below, all public use areas are open from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.

 
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 Access and Parking Lots
376 North County Line Road
Gary, IN 46403

  • Open daily 8:00 am - 10:00 pm Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend.
  • 7:00 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset through the remainder of the year.
  • 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
Golf Wood Road (not a mailing address)
Beverly Shores, IN 46360

(219) 395-1882

  • Campground open from April 1 through November 1.
  • 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 to scheduled groups and by invitation only. 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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Last updated: October 25, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

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

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