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Indiana Dunes State Park

Address

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304

Contact

Phone: (219) 926-1952

Fax: (219) 926-9113

About

While thoughts of sunbathing and swimming in Lake Michigan might first lure you to this beautiful state park, there's so much more to do at Indiana Dunes State Park. The park encompasses 2,182 acres of beach, dunes, marshes, swamps, hardwood forests, and white pine groves. These varied habitats shelter diverse wildlife, and this state park is known for its excellent birding. The park's 16.5 miles of trails allow you to explore all these habitats. And of course the beaches themselves offer great walking and wildlife viewing. Head away from the public beach house, and you'll quickly lose the crowds. Scan the open water for ships, look for treasures in the sand at your feet, watch birds on the open water or feeding at the water's edge, and take in the sweeping backdrop of the dunes. Watch for birds from the small bird observatory in the Nature Center. The park provides camping, picnicking, showers, snack bar, camp store, and a park naturalist. In summer, the park offers a small gift shop and swimming beach with lifeguards. Interpretive naturalist programs are held daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and on weekends the rest of the year. View the schedule at www.stateparks.in.gov or call (219) 926-1390 for information.

Amenities:

  • Outdoor

Events:

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Christmas Eve Morning Stroll

Date: Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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Join the naturalists for their traditional Christmas Eve stroll through the dune forests.

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3 Dunes Challenge First Day Hike

Date: Wednesday, January 01, 2020
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As part of a 50-state initiative, America's State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year with a rejuvenating healthy hike, connecting with the outdoors. Strap on your hiking boots and meet the Indiana Dunes State park's Interpretive Naturalists for a special 3-Dune Challenge covering 1.5-miles. Along with the way you will be able to explore the beautiful park landscapes and learn some history about the 3 tallest dunes along the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore during the 1-hour jaunt. At the end, hikers will be welcomed by ark volunteers with warm drinks, snacks and a cozy campfire provided by the Friends of the Indian Dunes. Thanks to the Indiana Dunes Tourism for giving completing participants a 3-Dunes Challenge sticker. Meet at the Nature Center and bring the whole family!

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Annual Dunes Geocache Adventure Day

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
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This is a fun annual geocaching event that lets any level of geocachers come together to complete and enjoy the beauty of our Indiana Dunes region. If you are a beginner of advanced geocacher, this program will not disappoint with its fun prizes and challenges. All you need is a GPS unit or the geocaching app on your cell phone along with a sense of adventure. Full details can be given by calling the Nature Center (219) 926-1390 or searching for the event page with zipd=code 46304 at www.geocaching.com.

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Running with the Irish 5K

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
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This event consists of a 5K run, a 1/2 mile kid's fun run, and a 5K non competitive fitness walk.

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S'mores Day Fun!

Date: Friday, August 07, 2020
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Help celebrate National S'mores Day. Start by learning a little about the history of the camping culture of this delicious treat. Then have a full smorgasbord of different smores variations as well as marshmallow games for everyone to try. Kids under 12, please bring a parent. The activities take place at the Wilson Shelter and are provided by the Friends of the IndianaDunes.

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Christmas Eve Morning Stroll

Date: Thursday, December 24, 2020
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Bring some cheer and your whole family along for our annual Christmas Eve walk through the dune forests to relax and enjoy the spirit of the season! Meet the Naturalists at the Nature Center at 10 am to begin this 1.5-hour walk to explore the winter life and beauty of the dunes. A warm campfire with holiday treats and hot cocoa provided by the Friends of the Indiana Dunes will welcome all upon our return to the Nature Center. Call the Nature Center at (219) 926-1390 if you have any questions.