Pet Friendly Places in the Indiana Dunes

We know it’s becoming more common for travelers to bring along their four-legged friends. After all, they’re like members of the family, and nothing beats the face of a happy dog running in and out of Lake Michigan’s waves. If you have questions about traveling with your pet in the Indiana Dunes, you’re in the right place.

 

On the beaches:

  • Dogs are allowed on a six foot leash at Kemil, Dunbar, Lake View, and Central beaches in the national lakeshore (everything east of the state park).
  • In the state park, dogs must be on a leash and are welcome east of the swimming beach (basically east of the big building).

 

In the parks:

  • Bring on the dogs! Leashed pets can hike any trail in both the state park and national lakeshore except the Great Marsh Trail, Pinhook Bog and Glenwood Dunes trail.
  • Don’t forget the local parks. Places like Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, Taltree Arboretum and the Porter County Parks are pet-friendly. They’re great for a run or walk with Fido.

 

Around town:

 

 We are also quite proud that GoPetFriendly.com named the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore the #1 pet-friendly attraction in the state of Indiana!

 

PLEASE always remember that we love when guests bring their pets, but no one likes pet poo. ALWAYS pick up after your pet to keep Indiana Dunes Country beautiful. Thanks!
And now, enjoy pictures of pets (and their people) in the Indiana Dunes:

 

 

Today was Reggie’s first experience at the Dunes. I thought my glutes were burning trying to keep up with my nephew’s a few weeks ago. However, hiking sand dunes with a border collie redefines the whole meaning behind “feel the burn.” My booty will be thankful by the end of summer if we keep up this up. The best part is that Reggie loved it, every step, spin, prance, jump, and noodley butt wiggle along the way. He was definitely overdue for a solid outdoor adventure. Three and a half sweaty miles later I am ready for a relaxing bath and a cold drink. (And pupcup for Reggie of coarse!) 🐾🐶🌊👟🌞 #reggie #bordercollie #bordercolliepuppy #bordercolliesofinstagram #dog #dogsofinstagram #bordercollienation #midwestdogs #nwi #hiking #indianadunes #indianadunesstatepark #trail #exersice #nature #fitdog #regiondogs #goodboy #sunshine #vacation #bestfriend #girlsbestfriend #bestfriendshavefourpaws #memorialdayweekend

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lake housin’ A post shared by Porter the Golden Retriever (@porter_the_golden) on

It’s a blustry May day, but we still got our beach on! #indianadunes #MyMichiganCity #beachdog #montessorirestore

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People watching 😎 #lategram#indianadunes#beachday#staffiegram#rrgram @ania_chi A post shared by Stavan (@stav1812) on

He’s a sandy mess (and now my car is too) but he had so much fun today 🌞🌿✨🌞🌿✨🌞 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • #beach #puppy #puppysofinstagram #dogsofinsta #rottielab #rottsofig #rottweiler #rottweilerpuppy #rottweilermix #baby #myson #babycakes #water #lake #dunes #indianadunes #lakemichigan #warmweather #beautiful #sand #sunlight #summer #happy #hippie #boho #bohemian

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Beach day with Mom!! 💕 . . . #bulldogloversofinsta #bullylove #bullieslife #bulldog #bullies #bully🐶 #englishbulldog #funinthesun #mommyandme #bulldogram #bulldogfanatics #theworldofbullies #theworldofbulldogs #bulldogsofinstagram #bulldogsrock #bulldogswag #bulldogbeachday #rari #bulldogpuppy #bulldogface #bulldogstuff #bulldogslife #bulldogofig #indianadunes A post shared by Rari The Bulldog (@bad.gal.rari) on

Sunshine and pupper #hammock #indianadunes

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#atthebeach #goldenretriever #girlandherdog #northwestindianachildrensphotographer #indianadunes #sunnyday #stephanieperlickphotography #beachphotography #dogphotography #dog #goldens #goldenretrieversofinstagram #sunlight #sunglasses #beach A post shared by Stephanie (@stephanieperlickphotography) on

Our little adventurer! We had a great hike Easter weekend at the #indianadunes with our weimaraner #zoey 🐶✌

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