Indiana Dunes National Park COVID-19 Open and Closure Status:
NO LONGER REQUIRING MASKS INDOORS: With the CDC reporting that Covid-19 cases have dropped to Low levels in Porter, Lake and LaPorte Counties, the National Park Service is no longer requiring that masks be worn inside buildings at Indiana Dunes National Park. However, it is strongly suggested that non-vaccinated individuals wear a mask inside or when social distancing is not possible. Fully vaccinated people who wish to continue wearing masks are free to do so. Everyone should also continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene like hand washing. For more information, call the park’s information line at (219) 395-1882.
CDC COVID-19 Current Guidance at a Glance
With the continued decline in COVID-19 infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its mask-wearing and other preventive guidance. COVID-19 Community Levels are available on the CDC’s COVID-19 by County website.
Think Before You Beach
Crowds spread COVID-19, but you can help to fight the spread. Please get vaccinated if you can, and if you plan to visit one of the park's beaches, consider the best time to visit when it's less crowded: weekdays, early mornings and late afternoons. When in doubt, take a hike or picnic instead, or consider a virtual visit.
Occasionally Flooded Trails:
Tolleston Dunes, Glenwood Dunes, Paul H. Douglas (Miller Woods), and Pinhook Upland hiking trails have intermittent flooding. Please take precautions. We recommend the West Beach Trails.
Helpful Beach Information:
We recommend West Beach and here's some reasons why:
1. Parking - 642 parking spaces! More than the entire east-side of the national park’s combined spaces are located at West Beach.
2. Trails - Three different loops and four miles of great hiking.
3. Grill/Picnic Area – Shaded grilling areas.
4. Flower lovers: Various wildflowers are in bloom, so now is the best time to grab your camera for some great nature pictures!
Please be safe and keep social distancing in mind while enjoying your stay here at the park, and be sure to take back what you bring with you.
Know your beach's weather conditions and please use caution.
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
Unmanned Aircraft (e.g. model airplanes, quadcopters, drones)Launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Indiana Dunes National Park is prohibited except as approved in writing by the park.
Last updated: May 12, 2022