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 www.stateparks.in.gov or call (219) 926-1390 for information.
Activities 6:00 p.m.; Fireworks at dusk (CST)
Family-friendly event features food merchants, a live rock concert and fireworks. Bus transfers will be available between Yost Elementary School and Chesterton Intermediate School to Porter Beach. Transfers will begin at 5:00 p.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m. The last transfer after the fireworks will leave Porter Beach at 11:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (CST)
The Indiana Dunes State Park Interpretive Services and Friends of Indiana Dunes will be hosting a special day of bird banding at the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center. Join in this magical experience.
8:30 p.m. - 6:30 a.m. (CST)
Annual shooting star event that marks the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. It's also the only night of the year that you can stargaze and sleep on the beach.