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Parking and Hours
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk has 3 separate parking lots.
7 Day Motorcycle Fee
Per motorcycle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
7-Day Park Entrance Pass - Family-Size Vehicle Pass
Per private family-sized vehicle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
7-Day Per Person Entrance Pass (Organized, non-commercial groups)
Visitors 16 years of age or older who enter on foot, bicycle, boat, or as part of an organized group not involved in a commercial tour.
Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass
This pass provides entry for the pass owner(s) and passengers in a family-sized vehicle. This pass only works at the Indiana Dunes National Park and is not accepted at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Annual Pass (Interagency)
Interagency passes like America the Beautiful and The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.
Annual Military Pass (Interagency)
Active, Veteran or Gold Star Family.0.00
Annual Fourth Grade Pass for US Students in Fourth Grade
Every Kid in a Park (EKIP), an initiative to encourage 4th grade children and their families to enjoy our country’s national parks and public lands, for FREE.
Annual Senior Pass (Interagency)
The senior pass is available for citizens above the age of 62.
Lifetime Senior Pass (Interagency)
A one-time fee for senior citizens above the age of 62.
Lifetime Access Pass
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass available to United States citizens or permanent residents, regardless of age, that have a permanent disability.
The parking lot can be busy during the peak season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend).
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
History and Background
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.
Know Before You Go!
The Dangers of Shelf Ice
Stay off the shelf ice! Despite its unusual beauty, don't risk your life. Enjoy the view of the shelf ice—from a distance!
Be on the lookout this summer for rip currents on Lake Michigan.
Before your next visit to the beach, learn how to spot a rip current and what to do if you get caught in one. Always check the local beach forecast for any warnings, and exercise caution.
IF CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT
♦ Don't fight the current
♦ Know how to swim
Last updated: December 21, 2022