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Indiana Dunes State Park

1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304-1142
+1 219-926-1952
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Nice time at the Dunes State Park

I went to the Indiana Dunes State Park last month. I enjoy going to the beach and Lake Michigan... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarita W
Kokomo, Indiana, United States
Great place for a short camping trip with a great beach nearby!

We took our preteen son for a short family camping vacation during his fall break. It was fun... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery.Indiana Dunes State Park features a wide variety of habitats, including beach, sand dunes, black oak forest, wooded wetlands, and a button-bush marsh. Together, these areas contain some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the Midwest. Botanists from across the country enjoy studying the unusual collection of plant life. Other interesting features include “tree graveyards” (places where forests have been buried by sand and then, more recently, re-exposed by wind erosion). “Tree graveyards” can be seen in Big Blowout, near Trail 10. The Indiana Dunes area also is renowned throughout the Midwest for its birding. Visit the Nature Center to ask about good birding locations.Indiana Dunes State Park is surrounded by Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a federally administered park comprising approximately 15,000 acres.
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1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304-1142
+1 219-926-1952
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to the Indiana Dunes State Park last month. I enjoy going to the beach and Lake Michigan nearby.

Thank Sarita W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our preteen son for a short family camping vacation during his fall break. It was fun! The state’s website was difficult to work with on mobile devices, but we made do with reservations, selecting a camping site (they provide photos of each site!),...More

Thank GoodDesignIndy
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Nature Center was good, and the hiking trails well marked. We really enjoyed our day doing the 3 Dune Challenge and then visitiing the beach.

Thank rdubi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first visit to the Indiana Dunes State Park. My wife and I had a nice hike on one of the trails, and a good workout climbing one of the sand dunes. We checked out the campground and will definitely go back to...More

Thank Randal M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful spot along the shore of Lake Michigan. It was cool to hike through the sand of the now forested dunes. We'll done nature center and very friendly staff. Great for kids.

Thank CraigGoHokies
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I camped for a few days for our vacation. We loved the park and the beach. Definitely check out the nature center. I have been to several nature centers in state parks all over and I would say that this one is...More

Thank Kara E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take E State Park Road to Kemil Beach passing the parking lot (restroom available, on weekends parking difficult), at the beach turn right into W Lake Front Dr, continue for 10 minutes, the 'Century of Progress' homes are left and right of the road. Spectacular....More

1  Thank travelpr0123
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We spent about 5 hours here on a beautiful Thursday afternoon. It's was a weekday after peak-season, so it wasn't crowded at all. Not being Indiana residents it cost $12 to get in. We went to the Nature Center and hiked trail 9. (All the...More

Thank GCwanders
Reviewed 15 September 2017

I had a day to wander the Park, and I chose to avoid the beach. The Nature Center was lovely, and I was thrilled that the library has board games to loan to campers! On a whim, I decided to start the 3 Dune Challenge....More

3  Thank Just_me_wandering
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Spent three days visiting the area and enjoyed the dunes the most. We did the 3 dunes challenge, beaches and visitors center. What a wonderful experience!

Thank goofyka
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28 July 2017|
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Response from Christine Z | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a large 'bath house' right on the beach. I didn't use it though, so I can't say as to the quality, etc. There are other bath facilities thru out the park too. They are all accessible and easy to get to.
Bill W
25 July 2017|
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Response from myblessings | Reviewed this property |
There are No restaurants within walking distance. They had Food trucks their and that's what we ate. There is a good selection. We were on a very long road trip and we didn't have the option/room for a cooler. All the food... More
Charles K
2 July 2017|
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Response from Robert W | Reviewed this property |
1. No place near the beach. If you walk from the train through the campground, you could change in the shower house (which also has the only flush toilets around). 2. The nearest convenience stores are in Chesterton which... More