West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Park

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

  • Open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.
  • Expanded Amenity Fee is collected daily for every vehicle from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Monday of Labor Day weekend from 8:00 am to as late as 7:00 pm Central Time.
  • $6.00 per vehicle or motorcycle per day, $30.00 per bus per day.
  • 50% discount for National Park Senior Lifetime, Senior Annual, 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 (non-senior), Volunteer and Military Passes are not accepted.
  • The removal of rocks, shells, and fossils is strictly prohibited.
  • Pets are permitted on a leash (6' or shorter) on trails, at picnic shelters and at the parking lots.
  • Pets are permitted on the beach with the exception of the lifeguarded swimming area, which is maintained from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Monday of Labor Day weekend.
  • Glass containers are prohibited on all beaches.
  • Year round restrooms and potable water at the contact station.
  • Seasonal restrooms and potable water at the picnic area from mid-May through mid-October.
  • 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. Enjoy the sweeping views of Lake Michigan from the top of the Dunes Succession trail stairs.

Nearby Beaches

Last updated: June 24, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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