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

More info on COVID-19, Health & Safety


Think Before You Beach

Crowds spread COVID-19, but you can help to fight the spread of COVID-19 by putting on a face mask, EVEN OUTDOORS.

As of July 27, 2020, under the Face Covering Requirement executive order 20-37, all Indiana residents and visitors are required to wear face masks outdoors when social distancing is not possible. This mandate is in addition to the mask mandates already in effect at both Lake County and LaPorte County.

If you still plan to visit one of the park's beaches, consider the best time to visit: weekdays, early mornings and late afternoons are least crowded. When in doubt, take a hike or picnic instead, or consider a virtual visit.

Here are some other tips to stay safe from COVID-19 on national park beaches.

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Beach Parking Information Phone Number: 219-395-1003

West Beach Hours: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Central Time.

Restrooms are open.

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Yes, 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 Status:

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center (Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center), jointly managed by Porter County Tourism and the National Park Service, is open with modified operations to promote social distancing and safe practices in keeping with the Sate of Indiana’s Back on Track plan. The visitor center is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Central Time. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is also open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Central Time. These facilities' open status and hours of operation are subject to change if there is a change in the Indiana Covid 19 pandemic status.


Other Closures:

  • Due to erosion, portions of Lake Front Drive in Beverly Shores are closed.
  • For public safety, the Mount Baldy's summit is permanently closed. However, the Beach Trail is open.
  • March 23rd: the entire Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site will be closed all day so large trucks and equipment can safely deliver and install boulders needed to shore up the accessible ramp west of the pavilion.
  • March 25th: There will be no access to the Cowles Bog north parking lot, so contractors can safely remove a hazardous tree.

Helpful Information:

We recommend 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. 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.

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

West Beach Address and Information


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.

Rip Tides Poster

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.


♦ 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


♦ 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: and

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


Weather Watchers

Know your beach's weather conditions and please use caution.
View list of links to various park location's current weather conditions based on locality. Be sure to click on Hazardous Weather or Outlook near the top or bottom of the linked pages for the latest beach swimming conditions.


Event Cancellations:

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and not being able to provide adequate social distancing at festivals and special events, we are cancelling this September's Indiana Dunes Apple Festival and the Century of Progress House Tours. We hope to be able to resume both special events safely in 2021.

Last updated: March 18, 2021

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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