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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Accessibility

The major sites in the park are accessible with assistance. The West Beach Bathhouse, the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education and the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center buildings are fully accessible by wheelchair. Accessible parking and restroom services are available throughout the park. Free use of a standard wheelchair is available at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center, Bailly/Chellberg Visitor Center, and the Paul H. Douglas Center.

Indiana Dunes has made significant achievements in providing access to beach areas. However, access to the waters of Lake Michigan pose challenging accessibility problems. Presently, four beach areas are considered accessible: West Beach, Lake View Picnic area, Dunbar Beach and Porter Beach.

The Golden Access Passport, a free life-time entrance permit for individuals who have medically been determined to be blind or permanently disabled, is available from the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center.

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