Porter Beach at Indiana Dunes National Park

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Parking and Hours

Porter Beach

41.660272, -87.069387
65 Total
0 Oversized
Porter Beach has 2 parking lots. The North parking lot is closest to the Lake and facilities. The South parking lot is gravel.
There are no entrance or expanded amenity fees.
Cost: $0.00
Standard Hours
Sun: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Mon: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Tue: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Wed: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thu: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Fri: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sat: From 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

During the peak season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) the parking lots can become busy.

Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 6
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 4
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 6
Total number of spaces: 65
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 0
The North parking lot is paved and closest to the beach and accessible facilities. The South parking lot is gravel.

Getting There

Porter Beach Parking Lot
Intersection of Wabash Avenue and Johnson Beach Road, Porter, IN 46304.
Need to Know

  • Facilities – Seasonal restrooms and potable water.
  • Prohibited – Glass and fires on the beach, littering.
  • Prohibited – Removing plants, rocks, shells, and fossils.
  • Parking lots are paved and can fill up quickly on summer weekends.
  • Parking lot is the site of a former hotel.


  • Please stay on the trail and respect closed area signs. Going off trail damages fragile habitat.
  • Ticks are present year-round. Take precautionary measures to prevent bites.
  • Poison ivy can be present on the edges of the parking lot and on the trails to the beach.
  • In case of an emergency or to report a crime, call 1-800-PARK-TIP.


  • The restroom is wheelchair accessible. The beach is not wheelchair accessible.

Visitor Activities
  • Swimming. No lifeguards. Swim at your own risk; rip currents and waves can make swimming hazardous.

Nearby Beaches

Last updated: November 2, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter , IN 46304


219 395-1882
Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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