Operating Hours & Seasons

Unless otherwise posted or noted below, all public use areas are open from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.

 
Visitor Center
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 North Indiana State Road 49
Porter, IN 46304
(219) 395-1882

  • Open daily, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
  • 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Central Time, from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend.
  • 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Central Time, for the remainder of the year.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.633349, -87.053762 (Decimal Degrees).

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Park Headquarters
Indiana Dunes National Park Administrative Headquarters

Indiana Dunes National Park Administrative Headquarters
1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304
(219) 395-1772

  • Open Monday - Friday, except for federal holidays.
  • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Central Time.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.630647, -87.086771 (Decimal Degrees).

 
West Beach Bath House
West Beach Bath House

West Beach and Parking Lots
376 North County Line Road
Gary, IN 46403

  • Open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm Central Time.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.622509, -87.207993 (Decimal Degrees).

West Beach Expanded Amenity Fee

  • The fee is collected daily from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend from 8:00 am to as late as 7:00 pm Central Time.
  • $6.00 per vehicle and motorcycle per day, $30.00 per bus per day.
  • 50% discount for the following America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes: Senior Annual, Senior Lifetime, and Access Passes.
  • No discount for the following America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes: Annual (non-senior), Military, Volunteer, and 4th Grade.
  • Cash, U.S. checks, credit, debit, and gift cards (MasterCard, Visa, and Discover) are accepted.

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Dunewood Campground Registration Building
Dunewood Campground Registration Building

Dunewood Campground
Golf Wood Road & Dunewood Parkway (not a mailing address)
Beverly Shores, IN 46301

(219) 395-1882 (The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center handles all campground questions)

  • Campground open from April 1 through November 1.
  • $25.00 per night camping fee (expanded amenity fee).
  • Sites 1 - 34 are reservable at recreation.gov starting six months in advance of the check-in date. Sites are reservable beginning on November 15 for the following camping season.
  • Sites 35 - 67 are first come, first served. No advance registration. Sites are paid for at the campground entrance automated kiosk.
  • 50% discount for the following America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes: Senior Annual, Senior Lifetime, and Access Passes.
  • No discount for the following America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes: Annual (non-senior), Military, Volunteer, and 4th Grade.
  • Credit, debit and gift cards (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) accepted.
  • No electrical or water hook-ups at individual sites. Potable water is available at several locations.
  • Shower and restroom facilities are located at the center of each loop.
  • Allowed to stay 14 nights per 30 day period.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.671786, -86.983985 (Decimal Degrees).

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Douglas Center
Paul H. Douglas Center

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
100 North Lake Street
Gary, IN 46403
(219) 395-1821

  • Open daily, except for federal holidays.
  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time, from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend.
  • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Central Time, for the remainder of the year.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.606286, -87.267483 (Decimal Degrees).

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Pavilion
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Pavilion

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Pavilion
1000 Riverwalk Drive
Portage, IN 46368

  • Open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm Central Time.
  • Open at all times for those actively engaged in fishing.
  • For more information about public programs offered here, please contact the Portage Parks and Recreation Department at (219) 762-1675 ext. 301 or the Indiana Dunes National Park at (219) 395-1859.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.630777, -87.178102 (Decimal Degrees).

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Cowles Lodge
Cowles Lodge

Dunes Learning Center
700 Howe Road
Chesterton, IN 46304
(219) 395-9555

  • Nonprofit National Park Service education partner offering year-round environmental education programs at their residential Indiana Dunes National Park campus, as well as sites in and around the park.

  • Works with schools, youth groups, families and the National Park Service to immerse kids in the nature and culture of Indiana Dunes National Park.

  • Summer camps for ages 6 to 17 are offered.

  • Open to scheduled groups and by invitation only. Additional hours as indicated at www.duneslearningcenter.org.

  • Located at the site of the historic Good Fellow Youth Camp.
  • GPS Coordinates: 41.625316, -87.096346 (Decimal Degrees).

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Last updated: September 23, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Phone:

(219) 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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