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The stress of everyday life melts away the instant you arrive at any of the beaches within the Indiana Dunes. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach as gentle waves lap the shore around you, strolling along the shore, or playing frisbee, it’s apparent why this natural wonder is called Nature’s Masterpiece.

Parents magazine picked the Indiana Dunes shoreline among the top five family beaches in the nation along with beaches in San Diego, California and Maui, Hawaii. TripAdvisor.com ranked the Indiana Dunes in its top six.

So whether you enjoy splashing in Lake Michigan, playing beach volleyball, building sand castles or just spending hours lying in the sun, the beaches at the Indiana Dunes are the place to spend a perfect summer day.

Below are the beach access points where you’ll find access to our 15 miles of sandy shoreline. Sites are denoted as handicap accessible if a wheelchair can get all the way to the beach or to a recreation area with a lake view.

Central Avenue Beach Access

Central Avenue Beach Access

A unique beach you can access by paved road or wooded trail. Here, you can see a buried forest created by wind-blown sands. Nearby, you can access the Calumet Bike Trail. Nearby, you can access the northeast end of the Calumet Bike Trail. This 9.1-mile gravel trail passes flower-filled fields, ... More

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Cowles Bog

Cowles Bog

If you are the type that will WALK MILES TO GET TO A SECLUDED BEACH, this is your spot. On your way to the beach you will walk through the remnant of the once-widespread wetland system called Cowles Bog. The bog encompasses a marsh surrounding a small fen, where a stand of tamaracks and white ... More

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Dunbar Beach Access

Dunbar Beach Access

Parking is limited at this prime spot near the Lake View Picnic Area and the historic Century of Progress homes. A beautiful beach in a residential neighborhood where there are no lifeguards.

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Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park encompasses 2,182 acres of beach, dunes, marshes, swamps, hardwood forests, and white pine groves and is surrounded by National Lakeshore lands. The park's 16.5 miles of trails allow you to explore all these habitats, which shelter diverse wildlife and provide excellent ... More

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Kemil Road Beach Access

Kemil Road Beach Access

You’ll enjoy one of the most scenic drives in Porter County getting to the Kemil Road Beach parking lots. Then you can enjoy a nice stretch of beach or walk down to Lake View Picnic area to have a picnic or use the restroom. No lifeguards.

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Lake View Picnic Area

Lake View Picnic Area

With easy access from your car to a sitting area with a stunning view, Lake View is also a popular spot for enjoying the beach. There are no lifeguards at Lake View, but it is the only area in the national lakeshore with picnic shelters overlooking the lake.

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Mount Baldy

Mount Baldy

THIS SITE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED. The view from Mount Baldy is spectacular and there is access to the beautiful shoreline, but beach goers will NEED TO HIKE to get to the beach and there are no lifeguards. At roughly 125 feet tall, Mount Baldy is the largest "living" dune in Indiana Dunes ... More

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Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Formerly an industrial site, this 57-acre lakefront site, jointly managed by the National Park Service and the City of Portage, features an enclosed pavilion with seasonal food service, restrooms, a handicap-accessible trail, and fishing pier. A breakwater, with handrails, provides easy access ... More

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Porter Beach Area

Porter Beach Area

A popular gathering spot for splashing in the water, playing beach sports and catching some rays. Bathrooms and small foot wash. Limited parking. No lifeguards.

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West Beach

West Beach

A bath house nestled among dunes and a wide sandy beach makes this a popular spot for enjoying Lake Michigan. From the beach, hike the Dune Succession Trail that includes a boardwalk and 250 stairs to a spectacular overlook of the lake with Chicago on the horizon. Covered picnic shelters and ... More

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