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Pet Friendly Places in the Indiana Dunes

We know it’s becoming more common for travelers to bring along their four-legged friends. After all, they’re like members of the family, and nothing beats the face of a happy dog running in and out of Lake Michigan’s waves. If you have questions about traveling with your pet in the Indiana Dunes, you’re in the right place.

On the beaches:

  • Dogs are allowed on a six foot leash at Kemil, Dunbar, Lake View, and Central beaches in the national park (everything east of the state park).
  • In the state park, dogs must be on a leash and are welcome east of the swimming beach (basically east of the big building).

In the parks:

  • Bring on the dogs! Leashed pets can hike any trail in both the state park and national park except the Great Marsh Trail, Pinhook Bog and Glenwood Dunes trail.
  • Don’t forget the local parks. Places like Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, Taltree Arboretum and the Porter County Parks are pet-friendly. They’re great for a run or walk with Fido.

Around town:


Go Pet Friendly Badge

We are also quite proud that GoPetFriendly.com named the Indiana Dunes National Park the #1 pet-friendly attraction in the state of Indiana!

PLEASE always remember that we love when guests bring their pets, but no one likes pet poo. ALWAYS pick up after your pet to keep Indiana Dunes Country beautiful. Thanks!
And now, enjoy pictures of pets (and their people) in the Indiana Dunes:

lake housin’ A post shared by Porter the Golden Retriever (@porter_the_golden) on

People watching ? #lategram#indianadunes#beachday#staffiegram#rrgram @ania_chi A post shared by Stavan (@stav1812) on

Our little adventurer! We had a great hike Easter weekend at the #indianadunes with our weimaraner #zoey ?✌

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