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Indiana Dunes Tourism, Town of Porter win award for trail

Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014 in News

Indiana Dunes Tourism, Town of Porter win award for trail

The DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs recently honored  Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Town of Porter for leadership in connecting Indiana Dunes State Park to the South Shore commuter train station with the Dunes-Kankakee Trail. Indiana Dunes State Park Property Manager Brandt Baughman nominated the tourism agency and the town for the award. … Continued

Ideas for spring break – and the upcoming summer

Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 in Activities, Dining, News, Uncategorized

Ideas for spring break – and the upcoming summer

By Ken Kosky Looking for spring break fun or want to get a head start on ideas for summer fun? There’s plenty to do at the Indiana Dunes and the surrounding communities – like Chesterton, Portage and Valparaiso. Kids can become Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Junior Rangers by stopping by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located … Continued

Birding webpage launched to make birdwatching more rewarding in Indiana Dunes Country

Posted on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 in Activities, News

Birding webpage launched to make birdwatching more rewarding in Indiana Dunes Country

By Ken Kosky The Indiana Dunes region is one of the best spots in the Midwest for birdwatching, and spring is the time of year when birders are rewarded with the biggest variety and quantity of birds. To kick off the peak spring birding season, Indiana Dunes Tourism has launched a special birding webpage which features a … Continued

ROSE Luncheon to honor businesses, people who offer best service

Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014 in Events, News

ROSE Luncheon to honor businesses, people who offer best service

Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland won a ROSE award last year Indiana Dunes Tourism is inviting individuals and businesses throughout Northwest Indiana to attend the annual ROSE Awards luncheon, an event that honors those who provide the best service to visitors and residents alike. The ROSE (Recognition of Service Excellence) luncheon, which is set for 11:30 … Continued

Last chance to attend shelf ice viewing and guess when the snow mound will melt

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 in Activities, Events

Last chance to attend shelf ice viewing and guess when the snow mound will melt

There’s still time to view the beautiful shelf ice along Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park. It’s a chance to see an Arctic environment without having to leave the area. People are invited to walk along the shore and view the shelf ice for themselves (just don’t walk on the shelf ice because it’s … Continued

Official 2014 Porter County Activities Guide available

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 in Activities, Dining, Events, News, Shopping

Official 2014 Porter County Activities Guide available

   By Ken Kosky The official 2014 Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide, which is a comprehensive guide to Porter County’s attractions, restaurants, accommodations and more, is now available. The free guide, produced by Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, is being distributed to potential visitors in an effort to get them … Continued

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore names superintendent

Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014 in News

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore names superintendent

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE – Paul Labovitz, currently superintendent at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (NRRA) in St. Paul, Minn., has been selected as the new Superintendent at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, headquartered in Porter, Ind. He succeeds Costa Dillon, who retired from the National Park Service (NPS) in August 2013, and he begins … Continued

National Lakeshore having some great programs in February

Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 in Events, News, Uncategorized

National Lakeshore having some great programs in February

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is offering a snowshoe hike, a groundhog program, a musical program and more during February. For more information on any of the programs at the national lakeshore, contact the park’s information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website. All programs are free. Snowshoe Hike at National Lakeshore Join a ranger on … Continued

New video shows danger and beauty of Lake Michigan shelf ice; people can see it for themselves at events on Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion rooftop

Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 in Activities, News, Uncategorized

New video shows danger and beauty of Lake Michigan shelf ice; people can see it for themselves at events on Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion rooftop

A group stands on the shore, a safe distance from the shelf ice. By Ken Kosky Shelf ice is a cold-weather phenomenon that occurs when cold temperatures freeze small areas of an open lake, forming float ice. This ice will build up over time and be pushed to shore by waves, eventually accumulating on top … Continued

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