Indiana Dunes State Park

The 2,182 acre park preserves beautiful dunes, more than 3 miles of Lake Michigan beaches, black oak forests, wetlands and marsh in Chesterton, Indiana.



1600 North 25 East, Chesterton, Indiana. A map is available here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

51 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive, South Shore Line Commuter Rail


There are accessible parking spaces. Accessible restrooms are located at the beach, the nature center and Wilson Shelter. The following features are accessible: bird observation platform at the west end of the park, paved portion of beach trail near swimming area, nature center, beach pavilion.

Things To Do

Beach Activities, Biking, Birdwatching (flycatchers, hawks, jays, warblers), Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Jogging, Other Features (beach pavilion, concession and campground grocery open summer months; bird observation platform), Picnicking, Playground, Running, Swimming, Visitor Center (Nature Center), Watchable Wildlife and Wildflowers FUN FACTS: Indiana Dunes State Park was Indiana’s fourth state park and opened in 1926 with an admission fee of 10 cents.

Other Information

Restrooms are located at the campground and are open seasonally at the beach pavilion. An admission fee of $7 is charged for Indiana vehicles and a fee of $12 is charged for out of state vehicles.


For a reasonably priced tasty breakfast try Northside Diner, 100 N Calumet Road, Chesterton, Indiana. Lucrezia Café located at 428 S Calumet Road in Chesterton, Indiana serves tasty Italian fare.

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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