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Indiana Dunes State Park

1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304
+1 219-926-1952
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Chesterton
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Porter, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Unlike most State parks, the Dunes State Park has Lake Michigan beachfront. If you've never been to the Great Lakes, they are not like other lakes you may have experienced. Definitely a beautiful spot in northern Indiana.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Beautiful beaches, dune hikes a great view of Chicago (if you can see through the smog). If I lived here this would be my favourite place.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

loved the quiet but not enough time to see more :( The sights are amazing all you really see in Chicago is concrete. This is a truly back to nature the water cold as it may be is still relaxing to look at and the best part I had the moment all to my self! Wonderful get away to reflect!

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Westville, Indiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I've lived within 15 miles of IDSP all by life. We spent many a hot summer day at the beach, or hiking. I've camped & picnicked there also. It's a beautiful state park, arguably the most beautiful in Indiana. Lake Michigan is the main attraction. Lake Michigan, as with all the Great Lakes could be an ocean sea (except for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

A great expierience. Although it is quite crowded on week end days. When the NWS forecasts rip tides there is no swimming allowed. It's location is very convenient from I-94 and the Indiana Tollroad (I-80/90).

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Lynwood,IL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

A walk on the West Beach trail and boardwalk is a great time in the spring(school field trip) in the winter(family outing to see the shelf ice) and in the fall( to see the colors.) Great views of the lake and of Chicago. The noise of the 3'-4' waves was intimidating. You should go.....

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Valparaiso, IN
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The Dunes is an awesome spot for a walk on the beach, picnic, nature hike, fitness hike, or even camping. We've never camped in winter, but summers, springs, and falls are absolutely beautiful! There is wide variety of nature, including the only poisonous snake this far north...don't worry though, it doesn't like you anymore that you like him. You can... More

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Indiana Dunes are a wonderful setting for a family trip or a romantic get away. The dunes are wonderful and there are plenty of things to do such as swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing and hiking. The Dunes are a place for people who love the outdoors. You can make some wonderful memories at the Dunes.

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Chesterton, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I visited for July 4th celebration with my kids. The park and dunes were very clean. The fireworks at the end of the night were amazing.

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Chesterton, IN
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Indiana State Park in Chesterton has great trails, good picnic areas and wonderful fresh water. It truly is a gem!

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