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West Beach


376 N. County Line Rd., Gary, IN 46403


Phone: (219) 395-1882

Alt Phone: (219) 926-7561

Fax: (219) 395-1767


A bathhouse, a huge swath of sand, and a stationed lifeguard during the summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day) make this beach one of the most popular spots for enjoying Lake Michigan. If you're looking for inland fun, see amazing dunes, and interdunal ponds close up as you traverse a mile along the boardwalks. Climb up over 250 stairs for a challenging hike with one of the best views in all the dunes area. Once you're aat the top, take in expansive views of Lake Michigan and the distant Chicago skyline. As the name suggests, this trail is a great place to see ecological dune succession at work. Numbered posts along the trail are part of a self-guided interpretive trail. The Dunes Succession Trail links with two others in the national park system, covering a total of 3.6 miles.