Outdoor Activities

Enjoy the outdoors year-round at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. From swimming and sunbathing in the summer to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, each season offers visitors the chance to experience this unique park.

Hiking is rewarding in every season. Spring wildflowers are abundant along the Little Calumet River in April and May. Summer is an ideal time to build sand castles and admire Lake Michigan sunsets. The Calumet and Porter Brickyard Bike Trails are especially pretty in the late summer and early fall. The colors of fall can be enjoyed from late September through October, with the peak color occurring around mid-October. Bird watching is especially interesting during spring and fall migrations. Animal tracks are often visible after a recent snowfall.

Camping and fishing are popular ways to relax at the dunes. Overnight camping is available from April through October at the Dunewood Campground. Fishing the Little Calumet River during the summer steelhead run is a worthy challenge and the Portage Lakefront fishing pier offers lakeside fishing.

Discover all that the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has to offer. Use these pages to choose your activities and help plan your visit. Be prepared, be safe, and most of all, have fun!

*** Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival, October 5-7, 2018 ***
The National Lakeshore will be hosting a three day Outdoor Adventure Festival with a schedule full of hiking, backpacking, paddling, biking, and other outdoor activities. For more information please visit our Outdoor adventure Festival webpage. You can also register at https://oaf2018.eventbrite.com or even visit the festival's Facebook event page.


Last updated: August 31, 2018

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1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


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