Visit with Care
The Indiana Dunes is more than just a recreational beach and trails. It's also one of the most biologically diverse areas in the United States, with nearly 2,000 different species of plants and animals found within its 17,000+ acres. The Indiana Dunes National Park ranks in the top five of all the national parks when it comes to biodiversity, right behind Yosemite. The variety of species in the Indiana Dunes stems from having so many different habitats within its borders—dunes, forests, wetlands, savannas, bogs, and prairies, to name a few.
Beyond the beaches of the Indiana Dunes are tight-knit communities, charming downtowns, and hip college communities. Our friendly and welcoming locals love to work, live, and play just a stone's throw away from the shores of Lake Michigan. We are excited to share this unique place with you. We just ask that you take care of our environment and support our local communities. Please visit with care. We see a future where every visitor makes the Indiana Dunes better.
Learn how to love and protect the Indiana Dunes. Each of us who visit the Indiana Dunes can also help protect natural heritage, biodiversity, and local culture by taking a few simple steps.
The Indiana Dunes receives millions of visitors every year. Impacts from our individual actions add up quickly. What you do while hiking and enjoying the Indiana Dunes matters.