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Indiana Dunes State Park

Address 1: 1600 N 25 E

City: Chesterton

State: IN

Zip Code: 46304

Phone: 219-926-1952

Alt. Phone: 219-395-8914

Fax: 219-926-9113

Website: www.in.gov

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Indiana Dunes State Park

Hours: Every day 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Directions: Lat: 41.6624 Long: -87.0633 Follow State Rte 49 north of Interstate 94. State Rte 49 ends at the state park entrance. Distance from parking lot to beach: .05 mile. Handicap accessible.

Lat/Long: 41.6624, -87.0633

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.

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