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Indiana Dunes State Park

1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304-1142
+1 219-926-1952
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The Dunes

The Dunes along the Lake Michigan shore are spectacular and a unique place in all of the world... read more

Reviewed December 2, 2017
dalehH2888GE
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Chicagoland
this place probably crowded in the summer!

Stopped here briefly before heading south to Louisville by car. Beautiful park on the Lake... read more

Reviewed November 24, 2017
Ron T
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Greenville, South Carolina
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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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“nice beach” (22 reviews)
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1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304-1142
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Reviewed December 2, 2017

The Dunes along the Lake Michigan shore are spectacular and a unique place in all of the world. You must see it & hike it to believe this natural beauty where multiple environments converge. There are prairie grasses, eastern forestry and some beomes from the...More

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Reviewed November 24, 2017

Stopped here briefly before heading south to Louisville by car. Beautiful park on the Lake Michigan shore. Gate was open, so no charge. Also had a visitor center nearby, but did not go there.

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Reviewed November 17, 2017

This is a beautiful park with amazing views of the lake. Great for hiking and getting away. Parking is available.

1  Thank Dale L
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Reviewed November 15, 2017 via mobile

Went into the Visitor’s Center because we weren’t sure what would be a good hike. The woman working told us about the 3 Dunes Challenge. We are experienced hikers and it took us about 20 minutes, but I would give yourself 45 minutes to take...More

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Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

Good place to go to get away for a weekend. Male sure to get there early, because parking can be tricky to find.

1  Thank Ryan S
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

I have enjoyed many a hike over and around the Park and Dunes. always fun anytime of the year. don't forget your sunscreen !

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Reviewed October 26, 2017

The Dunes and shoreline was absolutely beautiful even without the sun shining on a chilly summer day. The nearby marshes and drive along the shore as far as our car would take us was amazing. You could even see Chicago in the back ground. Hiking,...More

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Reviewed October 12, 2017

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

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Reviewed October 11, 2017

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

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Reviewed October 11, 2017

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.

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juliamatus13
July 27, 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.
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Bill W
July 24, 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
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Charles K
July 2, 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
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