PARK STATUS AND UPDATES (COVID-19)

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Beach Parking Information Call: 219-395-1003

Restrooms are OPEN

 

Indiana Dunes National Park's Superintendent Paul Labovitz helps to explain the COVID-19 precautions everyone should take while enjoying the park this season.

 
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Yes, the Indiana Dunes National Park is open for the most part.

But, there are closures in still in place, and we ask visitors to abide by these closures for their safety as well as for the safety of other park visitors. Since we are under the authority of national and state CoronaVirus (COVID-19) guidelines, park closures are in a constant state of flux, and we must adjust to these orders as they develop.

Please be aware. These dates are all subject to change. If you are planning for any travelling to the park, check back here, our social media, or contact us, just to be sure.

Indiana Dunes National Park COVID-19 Open and Closure Dates:

The national park’s Dunewood Campground is tentatively scheduled to open on Friday, June 5. Reservations can be made at recreation.gov. The Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center, jointly managed by Porter County Tourism and the National Park Service, will tentatively reopen on Sunday, June 14th in keeping with the Sate of Indiana’s Back on Track plan. The visitor center’s operations will be modified to promote social distancing and safe practices and will initially be open only from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm daily. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is also expected to reopen on June 14. These opening dates are subject to change if there is a change in the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

Other Temporary Closures, for Public Safety:

Due to erosion portions of Lake Front Drive in Beverly Shores, and Central Beach is closed.

Permanent Closures:
For public safety the Mount Baldy Dune Summit is closed. However, the Beach Trail is open.

 

Helpful Information:

We recomend West Beach and here's some reasons why:


1. Parking - 660 parking spaces! More than the entire east-side of the national park’s combined spaces are located at West Beach.
2. No Fee - There will be no parking fee at this time.
3. Trails - Three different loops and four miles of great hiking.
4. Grill/Picnic Area – Shaded grilling areas.
5. Flower lovers: Lupine flowers are in bloom, so now is the best time to grab your camera for some great nature pics!

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. All buildings and restrooms will be closed.

Times are tough right now, but if you need a nice place to visit in park, think West Beach!

(Lifeguards will be stationed after Memorial Day and concessions are not scheduled at this time)

West Beach Address and Information

 
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Cowles Bog parking lot full?


Check out our extra parking available at the park headquarters located a 1100 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN 46304. It's a bit of a journey, but parking here is legal. Anywhere else, beside the Cowles Bog lot, you'll be ticketed.

We recommend walking down the Porter Brickyard Bike Trail near the West end of the parking lot (see map, enter at green "X").

Cowles Bog Trail Map

 
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Rip Currents:

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
♦ Swim out of the current, then to shore
♦ If you can't escape, float or tread water
♦ If you need help, call or wave for assistance

SAFETY

♦ Know how to swim
♦ Never swim alone
♦ If in doubt, don't go out
More information about rip currents can be found at the following websites: www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov and www.usla.org

 
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.

Unmanned Aircraft in National Parks Page

 

Calumet Dunes Trail Temporarily Inaccessible to Wheelchairs:

Due to recent construction along the Calumet Dunes trail, returning to the parking lot, near the south side of the CDIC building, this trail will not be fully accessible to wheelchairs. The trail is still open, but part of the section under construction would be bare ground. Construction should be completed by July 4, 2020. Please plan accordingly.

 

Weather Watchers

Know your beach's weather conditions and please use caution.
National Weather Service: (Chicago, IL locality)

Last updated: May 23, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

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

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