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Indiana Dunes State Park

Sand, shore, and the space to breathe—over 2,000 acres of it! This isn’t your run of the mill state park, it’s a place shaped by thousands of years of shifting landscapes and Hoosier history. Since 1925, Indiana Dunes State Park has been wowing visitors with its natural terrain, three-miles of dune-lined shores, and a diverse range of flora and fauna. Splash around in Lake Michigan, bound up towering sand dunes, or explore beautiful trails on foot or on your bike. Escape the mundane on these storied shores.

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Indiana Dunes State Park

A state park surrounded by a national park, the Indiana Dunes State Park is 2,182 acres of dunes, marshes, swamps, hardwood forests, and white pine…

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton

Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center

The Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center hosts a variety of interpretive programs about the unique animals, plants, and ecosystems of the Indiana…

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton

The 3 Dune Challenge

Challenge yourself, your friends, and your family to climb the three tallest sand dunes at the Indiana Dunes State Park. The 1.5-mile trail is the…

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton

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Indiana Dunes State Park Events

Art Exhibits

Interwoven Expressions

Saturday, November 13, 2021

See exquisite original creations from hands that weave, dye, knit, felt, stitch, and design contemporary and traditional fashions, home decor and…

Community

Dig the Dunes Beer Run

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Educational

The Bizarre Bazaar

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Come one, come all to the Bizarre Bazaar! From taxidermy and specimens to vintage oddities, horror collectibles, and nerdy home decor; the Bizarre…

Educational

Virtual Exhibition – Junius Sloan’s Kaaterskill Lakes and the Catskill Mountain House: The Story of an American Cultural Icon

April 11 - May 31, 2021

You will be looking at an area that covers about a four-mile radius, at the eastern edge about twelve miles west of the Hudson River. This…

Community

Portage Cruise Night

May 4 - August 31, 2021

Join every Tuesday, May through August, from 5 to 8 pm for a groovy time. Entry to the Lot is FREE! Please enter by park tent to receive your free…

Community

Annual Earth Day 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Lotus Reach, Inc. is a nonprofit local organization with its mission to provide new…

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Visitor Center

Dunes 101: What are the Indiana Dunes?

Two park systems make up the Indiana Dunes—the National Park and State Park. Both have unique features that will keep you exploring for days!

Wildlife

Skunk Cabbage: The Smell of Spring

After a long gray Indiana winter, it’s a real joy to smell skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), one of Indiana’s native, fascinating flowers.