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Visitors from beyond the state of Indiana are often surprised to discover that Indiana not only has coastline, but that its coast is on Lake Michigan, the fifth largest freshwater lake in the world! And among visitors fortunate enough to know about this shoreline, many know it only for its beautiful beaches.

But just beyond the beach lie the some of the world’s largest lakeshore dunes, including Mount Baldy, a 125-foot “living dune.” Come visit and find out what sets a living dune apart from other dunes. Walk among native wild lupines blooming along the Inland Marsh Trail at the Indiana Dunes National Park-and perhaps spot rare Karner blue butterflies sipping nectar from their flowers. Visit one of the Dunes Region’s many historic sites and museums. Explore the grounds of the beautiful Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, or watch for shorebirds and waterfowl along one of the many lakeshore beaches.

In the Dunes Region of the Beaches and Beyond Outdoor Adventures Guide, you’ll find 29 great sites to explore. Learn more about them below.

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Indiana Dunes Tourism

1215 N. State Road 49, Porter

A visit to the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center will help orient you to the Beyond...Read More

T: (219) 926-2255 | View Website

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Lake Michigan Water Trail

Various access points along Lake Michigan, Various cities

The southern shore of Lake Michigan is a premier paddling destination, with...Read More

T: (219) 763-6060 | View Website

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Lake View Beach & Picnic Area

50 W. Lake Front Dr., Beverly Shores

While Lake View can be filled with beach-goers in summer, it's a good place to...Read More

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Lakeland Park

1200 Lakeland Park Dr., Burns Harbor

This park in the steel mill town of Burns Harbor features a lifeguarded...Read More

T: (219) 787-8126 | View Website

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Little Calumet River Trail

401 Howe Rd., Porter

The Little Calumet Trail, located in the Indiana Dunes National Park, is part...Read More

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Marquette Park

1 N. Grand Blvd., Gary

In 1921, the United States Steel Corporation donated lakefront lands along...Read More

T: (219) 938-7362 | View Website

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Mount Baldy & Beach

101 Rice St. (US Hwy 12), Michigan City

The largest "living" dune in the National Park. Mount Baldy is currently moving...Read More

T: (219) 395-1882 | View Website

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Oak Ridge Prairie & Oak Savannah Trail

301 S. Colfax St., Griffith

One of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse corridors to be found, the...Read More

T: (219) 769-7275 | View Website

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Paul H. Douglas Trail (Formerly Miller Woods)

100 N. Lake St., Gary

Birders consider this 75-acre natural oasis amid the industry and urban...Read More

T: (219) 395-1882 | View Website

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Port of Indiana - Burns Harbor

6625 S. Boundary Dr., Portage

Why include a major industrial site among the best cultural and natural sites...Read More

T: (219) 787-8636 | View Website

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Indiana Dunes

Nature’s Masterpiece

Did you know the Indiana Dunes has a 15-mile coastline with sandy beaches, more than 70 miles of hiking trails, and more than 350 species of birds? Explore the Indiana Dunes, then shake off the sand south of the dunes with great lodging, dining, shopping, and attractions.