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Indiana Dunes State Park


1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304


Phone: (219) 926-1952

Fax: (219) 926-9113


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 birding. Even on the busiest summer days, if you head away from the public beach house, you'll quickly lose the crowds. Scan the open water for ships, beachcomb, and take in the sweeping backdrop of the dunes. Watch birds on the open water, feeding at the water's edge, or from the small bird observatory in the park's Nature Center. The park provides camping, picnicking, showers, snack bar, camp store, and a park naturalist. In summer, the park offers a small gift shop and swimming beach with lifeguards. Interpretive naturalist programs are held daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and on weekends the rest of the year. View the schedule at or call (219) 926-1390 for information.


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Saw-whet Owl Banding has been added to your travel planner!
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Saw-whet Owl Banding

Dates: October 11 - November 15, 2018
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Burn the midnight oil for the annual saw-whet owl banding. Visitors can learn about Indiana's smallest owl in this up-close and personal experience. Though special nights are scheduled, if conditions are right, banding occurs almost nightly.

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"Howl"oween in the Dunes!

Date: Saturday, October 27
4-9pm (CT)

Get spooked and thrilled this Halloween at Indiana Dunes State Park. The activities will take place throughout the weekend.

Scheduled Events:

Critter with Costumes - 10am

Creepy Campground Crafts - 2pm

Campsite Decorating Contest - 4-7pm

Trick-or-Teating - 4-5:30pm

Hay Rides - 5:30-7pm 

Owl Prowl - 6pm

Sawhet Owl Banding - 7pm 


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Christmas Bird Count

Date: Saturday, December 15

Join tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas for the annual Christmas Bird Count. Families, students. amateurs, birders, and scientists alike, arm themselves with binoculars, bird guides, and checklists to go out on an annual mission to count the local bird population. The Audubon Society and other organizations use the data collected in this longest running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations to guide conservation actions.