Porter Beach at Indiana Dunes National Park

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Porter Beach

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Porter Beach has 2 parking lots. The North parking lot is closest to the Lake and facilities. The South parking lot is gravel.
7 Day Motorcycle Fee
Per motorcycle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $20.00
7-Day Park Entrance Pass - Family-Size Vehicle Pass
Per private family-sized vehicle (valid for 1-7 days from date of purchase).
Cost: $25.00
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.
Cost: $15.00
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.
Cost: $45.00
Annual Pass (Interagency)
Interagency passes like America the Beautiful and The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.
Cost: $80.00
Annual Military Pass (Interagency)
Active, Veteran or Gold Star Family.
Cost: $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.
Cost: $0.00
Annual Senior Pass (Interagency)
The senior pass is available for citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $20.00
Lifetime Senior Pass (Interagency)
A one-time fee for senior citizens above the age of 62.
Cost: $80.00
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.
Cost: $0.00
Standard Hours
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

During the peak season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) the parking lots can become busy.

Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 6
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 4
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 6
Total number of spaces: 65
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 0
The North parking lot is paved and closest to the beach and accessible facilities. The South parking lot is gravel.

Getting There

Porter Beach Parking Lot
Intersection of Wabash Avenue and Johnson Beach Road, Porter, IN 46304.
Need to Know

  • Facilities – Seasonal restrooms and potable water.
  • Prohibited – Glass and fires on the beach, littering.
  • Prohibited – Removing plants, rocks, shells, and fossils.
  • Parking lots are paved and can fill up quickly on summer weekends.
  • Parking lot is the site of a former hotel.


  • Please stay on the trail and respect closed area signs. Going off trail damages fragile habitat.
  • Ticks are present year-round. Take precautionary measures to prevent bites.
  • Poison ivy can be present on the edges of the parking lot and on the trails to the beach.
  • In case of an emergency or to report a crime, call 1-800-PARK-TIP.


  • The restroom is wheelchair accessible. The beach is not wheelchair accessible.

Visitor Activities
  • Swimming. No lifeguards. Swim at your own risk; rip currents and waves can make swimming hazardous.

Nearby Beaches

Last updated: November 2, 2020

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter , IN 46304


219 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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