Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk Beach
Portage Lakefront Parking Lot
100 Riverwalk Road, Portage, IN 46368
Directions starting from the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and State Route 249:
Take SR 249 north and take the bridge over U.S. Highway 12 towards the U.S. Steel and Precoat Metals businesses. Turn left at the stop sign and cross over Burns Waterway. Once over the waterway, turn right immediately and head north, towards the lake, passing the entrance sign. Park only in public designated parking spots to help protect the fragile dune ecosystem along the roadside.
41.630994, -87.178383 (Decimal Degrees)
Need to Know
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk was opened in October 2008. The redevelopment of the site, formerly used by a steel corporation as settling ponds for industrial byproduct and a sewage treatment facility, is a successful model of brownfield reclamation.The land, buildings, and facilities at the site are owned by the National Park Service and operated in partnership with the City of Portage. To learn more about public programs offered there, contact the Portage Parks and Recreation Department at (219) 762-1675, extension 301.
Boundry Areas and Other Information
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk area is defined from the Burns Waterway to the eastern edge Ogden Dunes and from a line 300 feet north of the shoreline of Lake Michigan to the south where the park meets private property. Associated parking lots are open to the public from 8 am to 30 minutes after sunset daily. This area is open at all times to those actively engaged in fishing. The riverwalk and breakwater walkway areas are closed to public use when ice and snow are present, except by authorization of the Park's Superintendent.
Last updated: January 11, 2018