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Indiana Dunes State Park

1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304-1142
+1 219-926-1952
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I survived the 3 dune challenge

We were only at the dunes for a day but we loved it. We did the strenuous 3 dune challenge then... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
redkey, indiana
Loved it! Needed longer stay

We were only there overnight but we will be back for a full stay. Loved the campground woodsy... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Karen S
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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 4 days ago

We were only at the dunes for a day but we loved it. We did the strenuous 3 dune challenge then went to the beach to relax. The beach was wonderful. Nice clean sand and very shallow water for the kids to play. We will...More

1  Thank nmcbride
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were only there overnight but we will be back for a full stay. Loved the campground woodsy setting with a nice big beach within walking distance. We were hot with the size of the campsite. Our only regret was not being able to stay...More

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice, popular campground. Paved level sites with good spacing. Bathrooms were well maintained but had a bunch of birds nesting above the entrance so watch your step. Easy access to the beach and other trails from the campground. Dumpstation available on the way out.

Thank Breezy-N-Wheezy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Indiana Dunes State Park and National Lakeshore offer an interesting and unusual environment in the midwest -- very large sand dunes cascading down to very pretty beaches on the amazing Lake Michigan. There are multiple access points, picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, campgrounds,...More

1  Thank SteveT6029677454
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect thing to do on a late spring day! I would recommend this hike! After you do it, you can go get a free car sticker. We got the tshirts too!

Thank Michele H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Firstly, this park is a fantastic bird watching park; we viewed the habitat of several varieties that I had yet to see in the area; we saw Marshland areas in full bloom, woodpeckers galore, and wildlife beyond our imagination! The best day, was the nature...More

1  Thank DrJanie P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Reserved a spot for our RV at the Dunes State Park this week. We planned our stay the week before Memorial Day because of the excessive crowds. Let me say this, we had a beautiful spot close to the comfort station and trail leading to...More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staff is rude! Dunes are basically non-existent! Definitely not worth the entrance fee. If you're thinking about stopping here, I would recommend going to dunes that ARE NOT operated by the IN state parks. They have something to learn about how to operate a decent...More

1  Thank Reddfamily
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a destination place to camp not a one night stand (like our stay). There is a lot to do here, from the hiking trails, to biking, to the beach on Lake Michigan. There are playgrounds for the kids, and a bathhouse by the...More

Thank VillagerRick
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The park has a three dunes challenge. If you climb 3 specific dunes, you can get a free sticker and postcard and buy a shirt. It was a strenuous hike, but didn't take too long. There were lots of flies, so we didn't stand still...More

Thank hlrachel
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Looking to book an RV site next to the Dunes. Which site would you recommend?
March 21, 2017|
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Response from Robert W | Reviewed this property |
I have only camped in tents in the state park, but they have good new facilities for RVs in the state park. I think the national lakeshore has RV sites too, but I don't know where they are.
Travis S
is it illegal to sleep on the beach overnight in a tent?
March 7, 2017|
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Response from kayrae6 | Reviewed this property |
It is not allowed in this state park. There is a campground, but it's not on the beach. If you are in to the beach sleeping experience, there are some private homes in Porter, on the beach, that you may be able to rent... More