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Indiana Dunes State Park

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Address: 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304-1142
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+1 219-926-1952
07:00 - 23:00
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Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful,...

Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery.Indiana Dunes State Park features a wide variety of habitats, including beach, sand dunes, black oak forest, wooded wetlands, and a button-bush marsh. Together, these areas contain some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the Midwest. Botanists from across the country enjoy studying the unusual collection of plant life. Other interesting features include “tree graveyards” (places where forests have been buried by sand and then, more recently, re-exposed by wind erosion). “Tree graveyards” can be seen in Big Blowout, near Trail 10. The Indiana Dunes area also is renowned throughout the Midwest for its birding. Visit the Nature Center to ask about good birding locations.Indiana Dunes State Park is surrounded by Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a federally administered park comprising approximately 15,000 acres.

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Firstly, this park is a fantastic bird watching park; we viewed the habitat of several varieties that I had yet to see in the area; we saw Marshland areas in full bloom... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Firstly, this park is a fantastic bird watching park; we viewed the habitat of several varieties that I had yet to see in the area; we saw Marshland areas in full bloom, woodpeckers galore, and wildlife beyond our imagination! The best day, was the nature center visit; they were filming a TV commercial ... and we got to 'roam' around... More 

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Hobart, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Reserved a spot for our RV at the Dunes State Park this week. We planned our stay the week before Memorial Day because of the excessive crowds. Let me say this, we had a beautiful spot close to the comfort station and trail leading to the beach. We did notice that some improvements had been made to the sites with... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Staff is rude! Dunes are basically non-existent! Definitely not worth the entrance fee. If you're thinking about stopping here, I would recommend going to dunes that ARE NOT operated by the IN state parks. They have something to learn about how to operate a decent park!!!!

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The Villages, FL
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a destination place to camp not a one night stand (like our stay). There is a lot to do here, from the hiking trails, to biking, to the beach on Lake Michigan. There are playgrounds for the kids, and a bathhouse by the beach. The terrain is relatively flat making biking a nice way to get around. The... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The park has a three dunes challenge. If you climb 3 specific dunes, you can get a free sticker and postcard and buy a shirt. It was a strenuous hike, but didn't take too long. There were lots of flies, so we didn't stand still long. From the dune challenge, we walked to and along the beach. The beach was... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were surprised to find the campground includes a number of mature trees, including oaks. The sites are large with a picnic table, fire ring, electric, and concrete parking pads. The shower/restroom building is fairly new and clean with 5 showers. There's a water station as you enter the campground. Our favorite thing about this park has been the trails.... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in early May for 4 nights so that we could also attend the annual Birding Festival. This campground is very nice. All campsites are level, paved and roomy, not crammed together, with electric service (30 & 50) but no water or sewer available at site. Water available upon entry and dump station available just... More 

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Akron, OH
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at the campground for two nights, which was very well maintained and orderly. Had a pleasant stay. I did the "3 Dune Challenge," which involves hiking up Mount Jackson, Mount Holden and Mount Tom from a 1.5 mile trail. The first one is the hardest. I was huffing and puffing the whole way -- it was a chilly... More 

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Portage, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been going here since I was a child and except for the recent allowance of sales of alcohol on the premises, it was a great family outing. I am reviewing the dunes park, not a hotel.

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Chesterton, Indiana
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I just cannot believe I live so close to paradise. Thank you Indiana for keeping this beach, woods and trails for us. My happy place!

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