Pet Guidelines

Pets are members of our families, but there are some things you should be aware of before bringing your pet to the park.


  • Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet (2 meters).
  • Pet owners are responsible for removing pet waste everyhere in the park.
  • Pets should not be left unattended in a vehicle, especially in the summer. High temperatures in a car can kill pets.
  • Service animals are an exception to these rules and may accompany their owner to all park locations.

Beaches Open to Pets

  • Pets must be on a leash at all times, even when swimming in the lake. Handlers allowing pets to chase birds or otherwise harass wildlife are subject to a citation. Pet handlers are responsible for carrying waste off the beach.


  • Horses under the direct control of a rider are allowed on specific parts of the Glenwood Dunes trail system. Please visit the Glenwood Dunes trail system webpage for more equestrian information.

Restricted Pet Areas
Restricted pet areas are marked in red.
Restricted Areas

Restricted Pet Areas

With the exception of assistance animals, the possession of pets is prohibited in the following areas:

  • West Beach. Pets are permitted everywhere except for the lifeguard swim area, which is maintained from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend.
  • Glenwood Dunes Trail System. Pets (other than horses) are not permitted on the specific portion of the Glenwood Dunes trail system that is designated for equestrian use. Pets are permitted in the parking lot and other sections of the trail system.
  • Nature Play Areas. The area are located on the east side of the Paul Douglas Center main parking lot and is delineated by fencing and inside the Mather and Douglas loops at the Dunewood Campground.
  • Pinhook Bog Trail. Pets are not permitted on the Pinhook Bog Trail. Pets are permitted in the parking lot and on the Pinhook Upland Trail.

Special Events

During large public and other special events, some areas are temporarily closed to pets. Watch for restrictions posted on brown signs at parking areas and entrances to event areas. You may also call the Visitor Center at (219) 395-1882 for information.


Pet restrictions and closures are in place to allow for compatible use of areas, threats to wildlife, damage to sensitive plants and to cooperate with local and state regulations.

Last updated: April 1, 2019

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Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


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

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