Do not swim when rip current warnings are in effect—these currents can carry away even the strongest swimmer. If you do get caught in a rip current, don’t try to swim against it. Instead, swim parallel to the shoreline until you’re out of the current. We also don’t recommend swimming when there are large, crashing waves, as they can also cause rip currents. Lastly, avoid swimming when E. coli levels are high because the bacterium can cause sickness.
During summer months, lifeguards are stationed at West Beach within Indiana Dunes National Park and at the swimming beach in the Indiana Dunes State Park. Lifeguards are not present at other locations of the beach. Call 219-926-7561 followed by prompt #2 for information regarding E. coli levels.