There's More for You in Indiana

Listen close. Can you hear it? The heartbeat of a caring community. The pulse of industry? The charge of a city building its future together... one business, one family, and one home at a time?

Welcome to Portage, Indiana, a city for makers, doers, and dreamers. A place where the global marketplace meets hometown values. Where your experience makes the difference.

Economic Development

Portage has always been a place where people of diverse backgrounds come together to work, live, and play in the shadow of a beautiful natural treasure. It’s one of the largest cities in the Indiana Dunes area, and, like its neighboring communities, it is outdoors-friendly, with trails, recreational facilities, and parks scattered throughout the city. It features everything from a mountain biking trail to a skate park.

A Well-Connected City

As a transit hub with access to railroads, major waterways, and eight highways, Portage can move your products across the state or across the world.

Portage is also home to the Sammie L. Maletta Public Marina, one of the area’s only entirely public marinas. Visitors and residents can launch out onto Lake Michigan for a day of sailing or dock their boats in public slips to grab a bite and a brew. Rent a boat or jet ski at CMS Marine, or relax and hire a charter for fishing and sightseeing.

Boats move down a waterway that is lined with vegetation covered dunes.

A City Working Together

Play in Portage

Experience Portage’s expanses of nature at sites like West Beach, Tolleston Dunes Trail, and the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.

A visit to the Bass Pro Shop Sportsman superstore is a must before venturing into one of the nation’s largest, most ecologically diverse national parks. Or, for a different kind of escape, head to Emagine theatre for a unique movie-going experience.

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Learn More About the City

Portage is a city in Portage Township in Porter County, Indiana. The population was 37,926 as of the 2020 census. It's the largest city in Porter County and third largest in Northwest Indiana.

Tales from Portage

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Indiana Dunes

Learn About the Dunes

Join Ranger Matt in our Dunes 101 Series to explore everything you need to know about the Indiana Dunes, including how to make the most out of your beach experience, where to camp, and the perfect hiking trail for your skill level.

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