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Parking and Hours
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk has 3 separate parking lots.
There are no entrance or expanded amenities fees.
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
The parking lot can be busy during the peak season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend).
The parking lot and pavilion are paved and accessible. There are some steep hills and stairs closer to the shoreline.
Portage Lakefront Parking Lot
100 Riverwalk Road, Portage, IN 46368
Directions starting from the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and Indiana State Route 249: Follow State Road 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, immediately turn right 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.
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.
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.
Last updated: November 2, 2020