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Indiana Dunes State Park

1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304-1142
+1 219-926-1952
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Great place to camp!

I have been camping here my entire life. I love bringing my children here. They have cleaned up the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Michelle S
via mobile
Raw, natural and beautiful.

We explore here from time to time and never fail to uncover new and wonderful hidden treasures... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
WorldlyTravelersIN
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Chesterton, 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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“dune challenge” (65 reviews)
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1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304-1142
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have been camping here my entire life. I love bringing my children here. They have cleaned up the park over the years. The bathroom/shower houses are always clean. I love the walk to the beach from the campground. The campground store always has friendly...More

Thank Michelle S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We explore here from time to time and never fail to uncover new and wonderful hidden treasures. The beach, the water, the dunes are all so very gorgeous. Take a long time to explore. Bring your camera and try taking pix from different angles, and...More

1  Thank WorldlyTravelersIN
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Love these beaches, they have nice sand and no salt water. We went to the West beach on a hot Sunday and there was still parking available. You can walk pretty far up the beach to get away from the crowds and have your own...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacular landscape! We are from the south and had never heard of the Indiana Dunes. This was a side trip after visiting a friend in WI. We stopped at the Visitor Center to gather hiking information. I noticed all the staff spend lots of time...More

3  Thank Minerva55
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spend 4 days and really had a wonderful time with the family, places are nice and clean. Nice getaway from Chicago suburbs.

Thank Monica V
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful park- peaceful and colorful -until the crowds arrive. We were warned not to attempt visits on a weekend between 10 and 2 pm. I'm so glad we listened. Walking back to our residence, we would pass an hour or two hours long line of...More

Thank donnadonchev
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to see Indiana Dunes State Park while visiting the National lakeshore. Their campground was in excellent condition and lots of families having fun together. There were some birders out and we actually saw a couple of birds we hadn't seen before also. Great...More

Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went hiking Sunday before Memorial Day, which could have been an error. Luckily, I entered the park at about 10 AM and parked at the Wilderness Center. There was still a 20 minute wait to get in. When I left at 3 PM, I...More

Thank Frank D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Indiana Sand Dunes is a place that I would keep going! We took trail 9 this time. There are still ups and downs but it is much less climbing than the Dune Challenge! Trail 9 is longer as well but a nice hike with...More

3  Thank Carrie N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing experience to say the least. We live coming up to Warren Dunes and Indiana Dunes Campground. Today was an exception. We waited over 1.5 hours to get into the park. After you get onto the bridge over the asouth Shore train...More

1  Thank Ben P
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Vickie K
11 June 2018|
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Response from sdamron2017 | Reviewed this property |
No, not that I know of. There is lots of fast food, etc... one mile around in the town of Chesterton. There are multiple options. The park is pretty strict about allowing food, etc... to be sold on the beach.
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Jolanta N
30 May 2018|
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Response from Mark K | Reviewed this property |
Yes to both questions.
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