Kemil Beach at Indiana Dunes National Park

Kemil Beach

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Parking and Hours

Kemil Beach

41.677357, -87.00895
SPACES
96 Total
0 Oversized
The parking lot is paved and there are facilities located on site.
Fee
There are no entrance or expanded amenity fees.
Cost: $0.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Mon: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tue: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Wed: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thu: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fri: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sat: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

During the peak season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) the parking lot can be very busy.

Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 2
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 2
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 2
Total number of spaces: 96
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 0
   
   
The parking lot is paved and the facilities are accessible. There is a paved sidewalk down to the beach.
 
 
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.

Need to Know

  • Facilities – Year-round restrooms and potable water.
  • 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: November 2, 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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