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Indiana Dunes State Park


1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304


Phone: (219) 926-1952

Fax: (219) 926-9113


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 or call (219) 926-1390 for information.


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Beach Yoga

Dates: June 11 - August 28, 2015
Thursday mornings 9:00 a.m. (CST); Friday mornings 9:00 a.m. (CST); Friday evenings 6:30 p.m. (CST)

Gear up for a spectacular summer of yoga on the beach. Imagine a gentle breeze early in the morning, with the sun's rays warming the soul, as you gaze off into the horizon over Lake Michigan. Classes are located directly behind the Pavilion at the main parking area. Each class is 75 minutes long. All classes accommodate most levels. Bring a towel.

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Christmas Eve Shopping Stroll

Date: Thursday, December 24
6:00 p.m. (CST)

Join the naturalists for their traditional Christmas Eve stroll through the dune forests.