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Indiana Dunes State Park

Address

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304

Contact

Phone: (219) 926-1952

Fax: (219) 926-9113

About

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.

Amenities:

  • Outdoor

Events:

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Beach Yoga at Indiana Dunes State Park

Dates: May 28 - August 31, 2017
Tues., Thurs., & Sun. at 9:00 a.m.; Thurs. evenings 7:00 p.m. (CT)

The Duneland YMCA have partnered with the Indiana Dunes State Park to offer beach yoga on the state park main beach, by the pavilion. Things to bring: mat, blanket, water, small towel, maybe sunglasses and sunblock.

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Fireworks on the Lakefront

Date: Thursday, June 29
Activities 6:00 p.m.; Fireworks at dusk (CT)

Family-friendly event features food merchants, a live rock concert and fireworks. Bus transfers will be available at Yost Elementary School and Chesterton Middle School to Porter Beach. Transfers will begin at 5:00 p.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m. The transfers will begin leaving Porter Beach following the end of the fireworks. In case of rain on the 29th, a the rain date will be July 5th.

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Sand Sculpture Contest at Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, July 15
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (CT)

Watch the sand come alive with dragons, monsters, and fairy tale characters. Participate or watch others' creations.

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Annual Perseid Meteor Stargaze

Date: Saturday, August 12
8:30 p.m. (CT)

Annual shooting star event that marks the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Night sky mapping the Native American sky lore begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Beach Pavilion. After 9 p.m., the stars will begin to appear. Constellation talks will highlight the many star formations that can be viewed over the dunes this time of year. Additionally, the naturalists will have a telescope on hand for deep sky viewing. The evening coincides with the annual Perseid meteor shower. Saturday night will still offer excellent viewing, with exception for a waxing gibbous moon.

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Hummingbird Banding Demonstrations

Date: Saturday, August 12
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (CT)

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. Licensed hummingbird bander Allen Chartier, will be demonstrating the science and research of hummingbird banding for the public, as will as discussing tip for hummer feeding, gardening, and his own research. Join in this magical experience.

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Saw-whet Owl Banding

Date: Tuesday, October 10
All day

This is their 8th season of this long-term research project exploring on of the smallest owls in the United State. Join them for a chance to see these migratory owls as they capture, band, collect data, then release the owls back into the wild. The public is welcome every night they are banding (weather dependent).

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"Howl"oween in the Dunes!

Dates: October 28 - October 29, 2017
4:00 - 9:00 p.m. (CT)

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

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Saw-whet Owl Banding

Date: Sunday, November 19
1 hour after sunset approx. 7:00 p.m. (CT)

This is their 8th season of this long-term research project exploring on of the smallest owls in the United State. Join them for a chance to see these migratory owls as they capture, band, collect data, then release the owls back into the wild. Operations are run under cool and calm weather conditions through mid November and begin 1 hour after sunset. The public is welcome every night they are banding (weather dependent).