Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
Phone: (219) 395-1882
Alt Phone: (219) 762-1675
Fax: (219) 841-9017
"In October 2004, the National Park Service purchased this 57-acre lakefront site on the shores of Lake Michigan. Formerly an industrial site for National Steel, this new lakefront site opened in November 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's built with exemplary environmental design and materials. A new concrete cap and handrails on the breakwater provide easy access for fishing, bird watching, and sightseeing. The Riverwalk closely follows the Burns Waterway (access for nearby marina), then loops back to the pavilion through restored lagoons. A fishing pier over the Burns Waterway is connected to the trail. Though this is not a particularly large portion of the national lakeshore, the dune landscape is scenic and ecologically interesting and is habitat to several threatened plants and other ecologically significant species. "