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West Beach

Address

376 N. County Line Rd., Gary, IN 46403

Contact

Phone: (219) 395-1882

Alt Phone: (219) 926-7561

Fax: (219) 395-1767

About

A bathhouse, a huge swath of sand, and a stationed lifeguard during the summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day) make this beach one of the most popular spots for enjoying Lake Michigan. If you're looking for inland fun, see amazing dunes, and interdunal ponds close up as you traverse a mile along the boardwalks. Climb up over 250 stairs for a challenging hike with one of the best views in all the dunes area. Once you're aat the top, take in expansive views of Lake Michigan and the distant Chicago skyline. As the name suggests, this trail is a great place to see ecological dune succession at work. Numbered posts along the trail are part of a self-guided interpretive trail. The Dunes Succession Trail links with two others in the national park system, covering a total of 3.6 miles. The beach also has covered picnic shelters and grills.

Amenities:

  • Beach
  • Free
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Pet Friendly
  • Picnic Tables
  • Swimming

Events:

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Beachside with a Ranger

Dates: July 05 - July 26, 2019
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Stop by and learn about the park's preservation story. They'll highlight some of the challenges the region faced in the past as well as the largest threats that confront us today. Held every Friday in July.

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Beachside with a Ranger

Dates: August 02 - August 30, 2019
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Stop by and learn about the park's preservation story. They'll highlight some of the challenges the region faced in the past as well as the largest threats that confront us today. Held every Friday in August.

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West Beach Symphony Concert

Date: Friday, August 02
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Celebrate the incredible Indiana Dunes National Park with a free concert by the Northwest Indiana Symphony with the magnificent dunes as the backdrop.

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Beachside with a Ranger

Date: Friday, September 06
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Stop by and learn about the park's preservation story. They'll highlight some of the challenges the region faced in the past as well as the largest threats that confront us today.