Lake View Picnic Area
Address 1: Lake Front Drive
City: Beverly Shores
Zip Code: 46301
Hours: Sunrise - 11p.m.
Directions: Lat: 41.6820 Long: -87.0065 Follow US Rte 12 east of State Rte 49 for 3 miles. Turn north (left) at E State Park Rd, travel to the end and turn right on Lake Front Dr. The public beach areas are located along the next half mile of road. There are a few public parking lots along State Park Rd and Lake Front Dr. Parking is very limited and lots frequently fill during warm weekends. Distance from parking lot to beach: .02 mile and 22 stair steps. Handicap accessible (picnic/viewing area).
Lat/Long: 41.68646195215383, -86.99552893638611
While Lake View can be filled with beach-goers in summer, it’s a good place to picnic and watch for birds in spring and fall. Ducks, loons, grebes, jaegers, and gulls regularly gather along the lakeshore during migratory seasons. The National Audubon Society has designated the area between the national lakeshore and Beverly Drive, which parallels Lake Front Drive, as an Important Bird Area. There are no lifeguards at Lake View, but it is the only area in the national lakeshore with picnic shelters overlooking the lake.