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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:

The Lives and Times of Amphibians has been added to your travel planner!
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The Lives and Times of Amphibians

Date: Saturday, April 28
2:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CT)

Special guest Indiana University professor Spencer Cortwright will bring to life amphibians of the dunes as he illustrates their life cycle, habitat, identification, mating, egg-laying, and their tribulations in this powerpoint presentation. 

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Fireworks on the Lakefront & State Parks Centennial Celebration

Date: Monday, July 02
6:00 p.m. activities start; dusk fireworks begin; rain date will be Tuesday, July 3 (CT)

This event will take place at the Indiana Dunes State Park & the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Family-friendly event features food merchants, a live rock concert and fireworks. Please be aware that there will be a high amount of traffic at the State Park and Porter Beach. Guests are also asked not to bring any fireworks to this professional fireworks show, in order to avoid fire hazards. Alcohol is not permitted within Indiana Dunes State Park. 

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Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

Date: Saturday, July 14
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (CT)

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

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Annual Perseid Stargaze

Date: Friday, August 10
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 11
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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History Comes Alive Weekend

Dates: September 08 - September 09, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (CT)

Join in the special activities happening all weekend. There will be a Fur Trader Encampment, Beaver Trading Hike, Shipwreck Stories and much more.

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Singing Sands Star Gaze

Date: Saturday, September 15
7:00 - 11:00 p.m. (CT)

Meet local astronomers from the Calumet Astronomical Society for a night of star gazing. Special telescopes will be set up as well as periodic constellation talks. Bring a blanket and join them on the main beach, near the pavilion.

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National Public Lands Day

Date: Saturday, September 29
10:00 a.m. - Noon (CT)

Indiana Dunes State Park asks the public to join them on National Public Lands Day where they will help tackle invasive species, learning about the park and exploring ways to preserve our lands. Come join them for a rewarding time.

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HERO Half Marathon

Date: Sunday, September 30
8:00 a.m. (CT)

Run on the most beautiful course in the Midwest. Great views of Lake Michigan, the Dunes and wetlands. A truly unique course when nature is at its fall peak.

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Saw-whet Owl Banding

Dates: October 11 - November 15, 2018
Check website for dates & times

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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Annual NWI Storytelling Festival & Ghost Stories!

Date: Saturday, October 20
10:30 - noon p.m. (CT)

The Nature Center Auditorium will come alive with a variety of stories told with puppets and props to enthrall children of all ages. Afterward, bring a blanket and enjoy a night of fright in an open-air concert of spooky tales at the Wilson Shelter. Children seven and under are encouraged to listen to the 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. stories, while children eight and above are encouraged to listen from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Apple cider and snacks will be available, courtesy of the Friends of Indiana Dunes.

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"Howl"oween in the Dunes!

Date: Saturday, October 27
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.

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.