Kemil Beach at Indiana Dunes National Park

Kemil Beach

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Getting There
Kemil Beach and Dune Ridge Trail Parking Lot
One mile north of U.S. Highway 12 on East State Park Road (300E), Beverly Shores, IN 46301.
Note: East State Park Road is called Kemil Road to the south of U.S. Highway 12.

GPS Coordinates
41.677357, -87.008950 (Decimal Degrees)

Need to Know

  • Hours – Open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.
  • Free – No entrance or parking fee.
  • Facilities – Year-round restrooms and potable water.
  • Pets – Permitted on a leash (6' or shorter).
  • Prohibited – Glass and fires on the beach, littering.
  • Prohibited – Removing plants, rocks, shells, and fossils.
  • Parking lot is paved and can fill up quickly on summer weekends.
  • Parking lot is the site of a former homesite.

Safety

  • Please stay on the trail and respect closed area signs. Going off trail damages fragile habitat.
  • Ticks are present year-round. Take precautionary measures to prevent bites.
  • Poison ivy can be present on the edges of the parking lot and on the trails to the beach.
  • In case of an emergency or to report a crime, call 1-800-PARK-TIP.

Accessibility

  • The restroom is wheelchair accessible. The beach is not wheelchair accessible.


Visitor Activities

  • Swimming. No lifeguards. Swim at your own risk. Rip currents and large waves can make swimming hazardous.
  • Hike the Dunes Ridge Trail for great views of the Great Marsh.
  • Walk past five historic homes from the 1933 Century of Progress World's Fair, which are located 1/2 mile to the east along Lake Front Drive.
  • Smelt fishing in the spring (no permit required).
Nearby Beaches

Last updated: September 16, 2020

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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