Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
Address 1: 6150 US Hwy 12
Zip Code: 46368
Hours: Daily - 7:00 a.m. – sunset
Directions: Lat: 41.6310 Long: -87.1777 From Interstate 94 head north on State Rte 249. Follow the signs to the steel mill and turn left at the second light. Once you pass over US Rte 12, turn left at the stop sign. Go over the bridge and turn right at the next road. Follow this road to the park. Distance from parking lot to beach: .14 mile. Handicap accessible.
Lat/Long: 41.622183692599684, -87.17693209648132
Formerly an industrial site for National Steel, this 57-acre lakefront site opened in 2008. Managed jointly by the National Park Service and the City of Portage, this area of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore features an enclosed pavilion with an educational classroom, kitchens and restrooms, an accessible loop trail, and fishing pier. The pavilion is not only beautiful, but is Gold LEED certified, meaning that it was built with exemplary, energy-efficient environmental design and materials. A new concrete cap and handrails on the breakwater provide easy access for fishing, birdwatching, and sightseeing.