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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Plan Your Visit

Operating Hours Seasons

Park Headquarters:

8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday

Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center:

Summer hours 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Winter hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

West Beach Bath House:

9 a.m. - dusk from Memorial Day weekend till Labor Day

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education:

Open for Scheduled groups

Getting There


The surrounding communities are serviced by the Gary Regional Airport, South Bend Airport, and Chicago's Midway and O'Hare Airports.


Visitors can access the national lakeshore via Interstate Highway I-94; the Indiana Toll Road, I-80/90; U.S. 20, or Indiana State Hwy 12 and various state roads. The Visitor Center is located 3 miles east of Hwy 49 at the intersection of Hwy 12 and Kemil Road, Beverly Shores, Indiana

Public Transportation

The Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad stops at 4 stations throughout the park. The following park facilities are within 2 mile of stations listed.

The building is located near the southeast corner of U.S. Highways 49 and 20. Shared with the Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitor Commission and Indiana Dunes State Park visitors receive information about the Indiana dunes and surrounding area.

  • Dunewood Campground: Beverly Shores Station, Walk south on Broadway 1/2 mile

  • Inland Marsh Trail: Ogden Dunes Station, walk west 1/2 mile along Hwy 12.

  • Indiana Dunes State Park: Dune Park Station, walk north 1/2 mile on trail to park enterance (beach 2 miles from station)

  • Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education and Miller Woods: Miller Station, walk 2 miles north (left at Stop light) on Lake Street(beach 3 miles from station)

  • Lakeview Beach: Beverly Shores Station, walk north along Broadway 1 mile to beach.

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