West Beach Directions

West Beach

Nathaniel Moreno, NPS Collection


Getting There

West Beach Parking Lot
376 North County Line Road, Gary, IN 46403.

Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.622934, -87.207747 (Decimal Degrees).

Need to Know

  • Walk-in traffic allowed from sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset.
  • Parking lot open daily from 8 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset.
  • Expanded amenity fee collected for every vehicle from Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Monday of Labor Day weekend.
  • $6.00 per vehicle or motorcycle per day, $30.00 per bus per day.
  • 50% discount for Senior and Access Passes.
  • Cash, U.S. checks or credit, debit and gift cards (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) accepted.
  • The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual, Volunteer and Military passes are not accepted at West Beach.
  • Pets are not permitted on the beach.
  • Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter) on trails, at picnic shelters and at the parking lots.
  • Glass containers are prohibited on all beaches.
  • Year round restrooms and potable water.
  • Bathhouse with showers and lockers is open seasonally.
  • Parking lot has 596 spots and 20 buses and can fill up on holiday weekends.
  • Lot can handle buses and RV's.
  • Southern-most tip of Lake Michigan.
Visitor Activities
  • Swimming. Lifeguards are present from the Friday of Memorial Day through the Monday of Labor Day. Lifeguards are not present at other times of the year. Swim at your own risk. Rip currents and large waves can make swimming hazardous.
  • Hike the West Beach Trail System. Enjoys the sweeping views of Lake Michigan from the top of the Dunes Succession trail stairs.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 N. Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


(219) 395-1882

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