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Fishing

Fishing season? Try seasons. With this many inland lakes, creeks, shorelines, and deep waters, we’re hooked on the sport all year round. Follow the salmon runs in spring and fall. Take the bait and brave the elements on an ice fishing excursion. Or make the big catch from one of North America’s biggest bodies of water. Whether you’re looking for a little still-water meditation or open-water adventure, you’ll find it here.

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Tips, Tricks, and Regulations

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources protects and preserves the Indiana Dunes area’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources through leadership, management, and education. When it comes to fishing, they’re our go-to resource for boating regulations and species preservation.

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Bass Pro Shops

This 130,000 square-foot store has everything for outdoor enthusiasts, including boats, fishing gear, and hunting equipment. There is also a giant…

6425 Daniel Burnham Dr., Portage

Brookdale Park

This small developing park has mowed pathways circling an agricultural field that lead back to a large catch-and-release fishing pond. The pond is…

919 N. 50 West, Chesterton

Brother Nature Charter Fishing

Get the ultimate salmon and trout fishing experience. Captain Mike limits passenger loads to four or fewer anglers with affordable outing prices.…

Lake Michigan, Portage

Chief’s Bait Shop and Tony’s Outboard Motors

Buy live bait & tackle, worms, minnows, leeches, and crickets. Tackle includes Oslo, ITO, Rapala, Voodoo, Raven, and Drennan. Chiefs also service…

1114 W. 4th St., Michigan City

Chustak Public Fishing Area

This 76-acre public fishing area offers access to Salt Creek. Here you’ll find excellent small-stream trout and salmon fishing as fish leave Lake…

West 600 North Rd., South Haven

CMS Marine Boat and Jet Ski Rentals

Make a reservation to rent a boat or jet ski for the day.

6159 Dune Harbor Dr. (at Marina Shores), Portage

Coffee Creek Park

Located next to the historic Chesterton business district, Coffee Creek Park protects a small lovely oasis of natural habitat. It is also a good…

246 E. Morgan Ave., Chesterton

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

This beautiful 167-acre preserve is a relaxing place to walk or picnic with water features, a shelter, and a five-mile trail through restored…

2401 Village Point, Chesterton

Country Bait & Taxidermy

Country Bait & Taxidermy offers all sorts of live bait and tackle for fishing the lakes and ponds around Valparaiso. Offering 35 years of taxidermy…

2 1/2 W. US Hwy 6, Valparaiso

Countryside Park and Alton Goin Museum

This 33-acre park is home to an 18-hole disc golf course, fishing pond, playground, shelter, trails, and Portage’s largest winter sledding hill.…

5250 US Hwy. 6, Portage

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More Outdoor Adventures

Beaches

With 15 miles of award-winning shoreline to explore, nine oh-so-swimmable beaches, and many towering dunes, you’ll be enchanted by the magic of the Indiana Dunes.

Bicycling

Some things stick with us forever, just like riding a bike. Unforgettable vacation memories spent cruising miles of paved trail, off-road adventures, and rails to trails journeys are just to name a few.

Birding

We’ve been described as “for the birds,” and no, that isn’t an insult. The Indiana Dunes is a birders paradise. After all, where else can you see more than 350 native and migratory bird species in one place?

Hiking

Need a reason to get outside? We’ve got 15,000 of ‘em. That’s 15,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness to walk, climb, and hike through along old-growth forest floors, centuries-old paths, and starkly beautiful wetlands.

Paddling

Our recipe for the perfect day? Just add water. Luckily, around here there’s no shortage of lakes, creeks, and waterways to satisfy your inner aquaphile. Take it from us, it’s the best way to get to know the area.

Wandering

Take the time to wander and let your senses take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Indiana Dunes. Explore gardens, parks, and other natural areas with serene settings.

Tales from the Dunes

The Indiana Dunes Blog

Did you know the Indiana Dunes has a 15-mile coastline with sandy beaches, more than 70 miles of hiking trails and more than 350 species of birds? Explore the latest and greatest tales from the dunes.

Beaches

Dunes 101: How to Stay Safe in the Dunes

Check out these safety tips and guidelines about how to be a responsible visitor when enjoying the Indiana Dunes.

Beaches

Accessible Adventures in the Indiana Dunes

Whether you’re looking to hike, bird, paddle, or just wander and take in the scenery, the Indiana Dunes area has many accessible adventures to offer.

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Book a Place to Stay

Use discount code Indiana Dunes fishing at the time of booking (Two-night stay minimum) to receive 20% off the standard hotel rate.
Our hotels can also provide you an extra-early breakfast, snacks to go, coffee for your Thermos, and well-lit parking lots for your boat.

Bed & Breakfasts

Feel like family with intimate accommodations that range from nature-inspired retreats in the woods to award-winning romantic getaways surrounded by gardens.

Hotels & Inns

A convenient stay located near downtown? What about a country retreat heaped in Old World charm? Or a place you can bring your four-legged friend? Your unique getaway deserves a distinct accommodation.