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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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NWI Storytelling Festival

Date: Saturday, October 15
10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (CST)

Storytellers from the Northwest Indiana Storytellers Guild will stretch those imaginations all day at the Nature Center. Different session will focus on an assortment of storytelling themes, including an open mic time slot. Saturday night will feature the ever popular Ghost Stories, with two separate sessions being offered for young children at 5:30 p.m. and a 7:00 p.m. session for older children and adults. The ghost stories will take place in the Wilson Shelter. Cider and cookies will be available as well for this popular event. Arrive early for the best seats.

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Christmas Eve Morning Stroll

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

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