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The Singing Sands Guide 2021
Official Visitor Guide of Indiana Dunes National Park in Indiana. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
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Indiana Dunes National Park National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior The SINGING SANDS 2021-22 Park Guide • MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT 4-5 • THINGS TO DO & BEACHES 6-7 • EVENTS & RANGER PROGRAMS 8 • PARK MAP 12-13 • KIDS PAGE 14 • HIKING & TRAIL MAPS 17-22 • BEACH PARKING: (219) 395-1003 How to Use This Trip Planner Welcome to two parks, one national and one state, both named Indiana Dunes. This guide will be your one stop shop for activities, safety tips, maps, rules, and fun ideas for your visit to Indiana Dunes State and National parks. You will find a map of the entire area in the centerfold of the paper. Use that to navigate your way around the area. Check out the index here to find the pages with details on camping, hiking, or trails. This guide has it all. Take it to the next level with the new National Park Service app. Download it from your app store by searching National Parks. Then search for Indiana Dunes. The app will give you real-time GPS data on your location and what you can do at each spot. NATIONAL PARK INFORMATION PARK WEBSITE Scan QR code or visit: NPS.gov/INDU Park Hours: Open 6:00 am – 11:00 pm Central Time (CT) unless otherwise posted. You will notice QR codes throughout the paper which will direct you to web sites with more content, photos, or video to help you plan your trip. We have a variety of programs available all year long, and the best place to find information on those fun activities with our staff is on our website calendar located at NPS.gov/INDU. Click on calendar to search by date to see what is happening during your visit and how you can join us. Most of our programs are free, but many require advance registration. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Whether you are here for an hour or a week, this trip planner is your essential tool for a fun, safe visit to the Indiana Dunes. Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education Two Great Parks, One Great Place Phone: (219) 395-1882 Open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Due to COVID) (CT) Address: 1215 SR-49 Porter, IN 46304 Phone: (219) 395-1824 Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (CT) Address: 100 North Lake Street Gary, IN 46403 MAILING ADDRESS: Indiana Dunes National Park 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road Porter, IN 46304 The Official NPS App is HERE Download Now Search “National Park Service” in the app stores or use the QR code. Indiana Dunes National Park Indiana Dunes State Park Call 1-800-PARKTIP (727-5847) to report emergencies and suspicious or criminal activity. Your adventure guide to the National Park Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Find all of your orientation needs here. Talk to a ranger and learn about the park’s locations, activities, programs, and nearby attractions. View two short films about the park and the region. Spend some time in the activity room and check out the gift shop. Scan for Visitor Center’s website 1215 SR-49 Porter, IN 46304 Phone: (219) 395-1882 Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education - Interactive nature programs, activities, unique live animals, and exhibits can be found here. Hike through the beautiful Miller Woods, to the beach. Children can also explore the outdoor Nature Play Zone. Scan for Douglas Center’s website 100 North Lake Street Gary, IN 46403 Phone: (219) 395-1824 NATIONAL PARK Indiana Dunes State Park’s Nature Center A variety of hands-on exhibits serving as a fantastic introduction to the wonders of the Indiana Dunes and its habitats. Here interpretive naturalists offer experiences via hikes, live animals, indoor programs, and special events to a range of audiences. Scan for State Park’s website 1600 N. 25 E. Chesterton, IN 46304 Phone: (219) 926-1390 STATE PARK Over 25 distinct locations to choose from, stretched across 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan, measuring over 15,000 acres between Gary and Michigan City, IN. One contiguous landscape, Park is composed of a large recreation area and 1,588 acres of state designated nature preserves and national natural landmarks. All areas free except West Beach, $6 per vehicle, $30 per bus, applies Memorial Day - Labor Day. (Expanded Amenity Fee) See page 4 for accepted passes. Daily entrance fee: $7 Indiana resident vehicle or $12 nonresident vehicle. See page 4 for accepted passes. Dunewood Campground: $25 per night - primitive. Campground closed from Nov 2 to Mar 31. Reservations Only. See page 6. Sites include 50 amp electrical service and access to shower houses. $24.61 Sun-Wed. $32.10 Thur-Sat. For reservations, visit camp.IN.gov CONCESSIONS Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Gift Shop, West Beach Snack Bar & Gift Shop (seasonal), Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Pavilion Snack Bar (seasonal). Food service and gift shop available at beach pavilion. Gift shop available at nature center. Supplies, food, and gifts available at camp store. BATHHOUSE / PAVILION West Beach Bathhouse: Seasonal restrooms, potable water, indoor showers, and lockers. Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Pavilion: 3,500 square foot, includes restrooms, a seasonal snack bar and a classroom/meeting space. Exterior showers and changing rooms, restrooms, changing stations, and sinks available at beach comfort station. Restrooms, food service, and gifts available in pavilion. BEACH PARKING Over 1,119 spaces spread over 8 beach access sites. For parking information call (219) 395-1003. 3 Beach parking lots with approximately 2,000 spaces. Separate picnic area parking available throughout park. Parking available at Nature Center, North Orchard, and Wilson Shelter lots. TRAILS 14 distinctly named trail systems with greater than 50 miles of diverse habitats. Maps on pages 16-22. Network of 9 numbered trails throughout the state park with 16.35 miles. See p. 23 PICNIC AREAS 14 differently located picnic areas total, 7 are sheltered, and 2 are sheltered & reservable. To reserve a picnic table visit nps.gov/indu/ planyourvisit/picnic.htm Beach picnic tables available during season at west lot. 15 acre picnic area with playground by Auxiliary lot. 6 reservable shelters, plus additional picnic tables and grilling areas spread throughout the park, 7 sheltered. PUBLIC PROGRAMS Multitude of public programs and special events. See page 8. Also hosts variety of programs and special events. Visit calendar.dnr.IN.gov. or call at 219-926-1390. Diana of the Dunes (West Beach), Century of Progress Homes, Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm, Sacred Sands Audio Tour (Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk). Indiana Dunes Visitor Center & Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education (See top of page) Nature Center, CCC Memorial Presentation Area, JD Marshall Underwater Nature Preserve, Wilson Shelter CCC Project Site, La Petite Fort Revolutionary War Historic Battle Marker, Historic Stone Gatehouses, Historic Beach Pavilion LOCATIONS FEES CAMPING CULTURAL SITES 2 and the State Park No matter which park, we want you to be safe and enjoy your stay! Superintendents Welcome Welcome to the Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park. It’s heartwarming to think of the spring and summer seasons as we watch the snow leave the Indiana Dunes. After this past year, we realize how important our public open spaces are to our physical and mental well-being. Our world is ever-changing so please enjoy your visit while paying attention to the current public health guidelines and regulations at the time of your visit. Respect others as you encounter them and thank them for showing consideration by doing the smart and right things to protect each other. RAFI WILKINSON As the managers for each park, we are working to provide information to you, the visitor, for both the Indiana Dunes National Park and the Indiana Dunes State Park. What’s the difference? Both are great public parks. The partnership here is not unique; there are many places where national and state parks overlap. The combination just means more and better opportunities for visitors. Indiana Dunes National Park is one of 423 units of the National Park System that includes places like Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Yosemite. It’s a collection of America’s greatest natural and cultural places and stories and is operated by the National Park Service, part of the federal government. Within the boundary of Indiana Dunes National Park is Indiana Dunes State Park, one of 25 State Parks managed by the Paul Labovitz (National Park) and Mickey Rea (State Park) State of Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, and data to improve your ability to know where part of state government. Indiana Dunes is one to go when you arrive. With over 15-miles of of the best examples of your state and federal beaches, there is always a place to find some governments working side by side to provide peace and quiet here. You may have to be terrific public service and experiences. adventurous to find it. The best advice is get an early start, avoid the weekends if you can, and With the memory of the large crowds of 2020 do some research on our website or app before fresh in our minds, we are working on ways you arrive. to help visitors minimize the time they spend waiting to park to enjoy the beaches and trails. We’re glad you’ve decided to visit your Our parking hotline (219-395-1003) is a good state and national parks. Understanding the place to start as you begin your trip and get differences is not as important as making sure closer to the Indiana Dunes. Why get stuck in you know they are here for you and that you your car when you can find available parking enjoy yourself safely. and discover a new beach? In the long term, we are working on technologies to help with realtime parking by Indiana Dunes National Park Superintendent, Paul Labovitz & Indiana Dunes State Park Manager, Mickey Rea Top Visitor Questions What time does the park close? The national park visitor center’s hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (CT). The Douglas Center operates 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (CT). All times are Central Time. Unless otherwise posted, all public use areas are open daily from 6:00 am–11:00 pm (CT). Note that West Beach has a $6 amenity fee daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day. Indiana Dunes State Park is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm year round. The Nature Center is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visit nps.gov/indu/learn/management/ lawsandpolicies.htm for more information on hours throughout the park. Where can I buy food? The local towns outside the park have lots of choices for restaurants and grocery stores. Within the park, visitors can grab a bite to eat at concession operations working at West Beach and Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. The Pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park offers a number of options for different tastes. Which trail is best to hike? The national park has over 50 miles of trails and the state park another 16+ miles. You can find trail information and maps in this guide on pages 16-23. You can also download the free REI app called the Hiking Project at www. hikingproject.com to learn about lots of trails in both parks. This app allows visitors to add content and photos about their favorite hikes. Where may I climb a dune? Long Lake Trail at West Beach has a dune face on the marked trail, which visitors enjoy climbing. In addition, it hosts the Dunes Succession Trail and a set of stairs to traverse the dune. Both dunes offer great views. The 3 Dunes Challenge at Indiana Dunes State Park offers guests the opportunity to reach the summits of the three tallest dunes in the park. Do you close the beach when high waves are present or E. coli levels are high? No. The national park does not close its beach due to water conditions. Risks are inherent in all natural areas, and you must determine what is safe for you. During summer months, lifeguards are stationed at West Beach. Lifeguards are not present at other national park beaches. State park waters are only open when lifeguards are on duty and conditions are appropriate for swimming. Call the state park for water conditions at 219-926-1390. Call the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at 219395-1882 for information regarding E. coli levels. May I take my pet with me for a hike? Yes. Pets are permitted on most park trails and beaches as long as they are leashed (6’ or less). Pets are prohibited inside government buildings, except for the West Beach bathhouse. West Beach and State Park beach – From Memorial Day through Labor Day, pets are prohibited on the beach within the lifeguarded areas. This area is the section of beach directly north of the bathhouse stairs and is designated along the beach with park signs. Pets are only permitted to walk through the lifeguarded area to reach the beaches on either side of the closure area. 2021-22 Park Guide Pets are not allowed on the Glenwood Dunes Trail, Pinhook Bog Trail and the designated nature play areas. This avoids conflicts with equestrian riders, protects sensitive vegetation, and compatible use with other visitors. Do you have a campground? Yes. The Dunewood Campground, at the national park, is open April through October. For more information please turn to page 6 or call 219-395-1882. Indiana Dunes State Park also has a large campground with electricity. They recommend reservations most of the year. For more information, see page 23 or visit camp.in.gov Do you have a Junior Ranger Program? Yes! There are several Junior Ranger books to guide you on adventures through various park locations. Once completed, each participant will earn a badge, patch, sticker, or temporary tattoo. Pick up Junior Ranger materials at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and the Douglas Center. The State Park offers the Explorer Pin program for adventurers of all ages. Can I take public transportation to the park? Yes. The South Shore train has four stops near park access sites and runs between Chicago and South Bend. For a schedule, visit mysouthshoreline.com. See page 4. Stay on the trails to protect fragile areas, plants, and animals. SAVE OU R DUNES 3 Making the Most of Your Visit Passes WHERE DO I PURCHASE PASSES? The America the Beautiful Pass can be obtained at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and the West Beach Kiosk. Indiana Dunes State Park Passes are available at the State Park Office or Gate. Indiana Dunes National Park and State Park do not reciprocate pass discounts. America the Beautiful National Recreation and Lands Pass Accepted Passes at Indiana Dunes National Park • Expanded Amenity Fee for West Beach and Camping Fee Lifetime Senior Pass $80 50% discount 62 years old Annual Senior Pass $20 50% discount 62 years old, Expires 1 year from purchase Access Pass Free 50% discount Permanent Disability NOT Accepted Passes at West Beach or Dunewood Campground. Can only be used at federal parks that have an entrance fee. Scan code for more info about passes. Annual Pass $80 Expires 1 year from purchase Volunteer Pass Free 250 hrs of volunteer work Military Pass Free Active Military, Veteran or Gold Star Family Every Kid in a Park (4th Grade) Free 4th graders and family Indiana State Park Pass (Applies to state property gate fee) Indiana State Park Annual Pass- resident $50 100% discount Calendar year pass Indiana State Park Annual Pass - non-resident $70 100% discount Calendar year pass Golden Hoosier Passport (GHP) $25 100% discount (65 years old) Calendar year pass GHP Social Security Disability Income $25 100% discount Indiana residents receiving or eligible to receive SSDI year pass GHP Disabled Hoosier Veterans $25 100% discount Indiana Veterans who possess or eligible to buy DHV license plate year pass Getting Here by Public Transportation BY TRAIN Northern Indiana Commuter Train District: The South Shore train has four stops near park access sites and runs between Chicago and South Bend. The stops near the park are Miller, Ogden Dunes, Dune Park and Beverly Shores. For a schedule, visit mysouthshoreline.com. BY BUS Gary Public Transportation Corporation has bus routes in the west end of the park: Bus route 13 (Oak & County Line Road) passes directly in front of the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education and close to the entrance of West Beach. The Douglas Center and West Beach are located in the park’s west end. Visit gptcbus.com for current schedules and fares. Paul H. Douglas Center: East bound riders can get off the bus at the corner of 4th & Lake Street and walk about 2 blocks north on Lake Street to the center. West bound riders should ask the driver to stop in front of the center located on Lake Street between Birch and 3rd Street. If the driver is unable to stop in front of the center, then get off at the corner of 3rd and Lake Street and walk about 1 block north. West Beach: The east bound bus stops at the corner of Pottawatomi Trails and County Line Road. After exiting the bus, walk about 1/4 mile south along County Line Road. When you reach the West Beach access road, walk along that road into West Beach. Adventure Ideas • Park and stroll along the sandy shoreline of Lake Michigan and the national park to experience the Indiana Dunes at Porter, Kemil, Dunbar, or Lake View Beach. • Head to West Beach and hike the Dune Succession Trail and take the Diana Dunes Dare to earn a sticker. Stickers are available at the Visitor Center and Douglas Center. • Go to the Indiana Dunes National Park Visitor Center and watch our new video about Indiana Dunes National and State Parks. After, feel free to browse for souvenirs at the Eastern National gift shop. • Travel east along Lake Front Drive in Beverly Shores to view Lake Michigan and the five historic Century of Progress Homes. Take a selfie and be sure to check out the waysides for some interesting facts about these architectural treasures. • 3 Dune Challenge at Indiana Dunes State Park: Challenge yourself, your friends and your family to climb the three tallest sand dunes any day of the year. This 1.5-mile self-guided challenge trail begins at the nature center and is the toughest trail in the park, with 552 vertical feet to climb. Your reward is not only breathtaking views atop each of the dunes, but also a free 3-Dune Conqueror sticker from Indiana Dunes Tourism. For more information, see page 16. 4 WWW.NPS.GOV/INDU RAFI WILKINSON • Bring a picnic or meal from our many surrounding restaurants, or buy a goodie from the residing snack bar and enjoy it while relaxing at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, or Lake View picnic areas. You can listen to the birds, or whispering marram grass, while watching a sunset on the beach. H 1933 Centur Progress Hom Dune Ridge Trail D S rk Rd K E Be o ew un od R i ve r To Chicago Wy Sh Li tt le Willowcreek 3 6 Driving Tours Exit 12 De ep Indiana Toll Road To Valparaiso West Side Driving Tour Points of Interest ver Ri NEW CHICAGO National Park DRIVING TOUR: WEST SIDE Approximately 1-2 Hours, 15 Miles Total HOBART Hobart Prairie Grove 6 County Line Rd State Park and State Nature Preserve Water trail Hiking trail Amphitheater Beach access within boundary of 1. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center - Start yourWetland trip here andPicnic get areaorientated Ranger station Bicycle trail National Park with the park. 1215 SR-49, Porter, IN 46304, Phone: 219-395-1882 City Park 2. Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm – Go for a short stroll and learn about the park’s historic district and see the farm animals. 618 North Mineral Springs Road, Porter, IN 46304 3. Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk- Enjoy a view of Lake Michigan from the pavilion. Seasonal food services are available. Walk along the breakwater for fishing and birdwatching. Check out the Sacred Sands Audio Tour. 100 Riverwalk Road, Portage, IN 46368 4. West Beach (seasonal fee area)- Enjoy the bathhouse, lifeguarded beach, and earn a sticker by hiking the new Diana Dunes Dare Trail. 376 North County Line Road, Gary, IN 46403 SKIP DIETZ 5. Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education- Check out exhibits, classrooms or hike the 3.5-mile trail through Miller woods to the beach. 100 North Lake Street, Gary, IN 46403 WASHINGTON PARK (Michigan City park) k To New Buff DRIVING TOUR: EAST SIDE Approximately lasts 1-2 Hours, 14 Miles Total East Side Driving Tour Points T ra 1. Indiana Dunes Visitor Center - Start your trip here and learn about the park. 1215 SR-49, Porter, IN 46304 Phone: 219-395-1882 2. Indiana Dunes State Park - Explore more than 2,000 acres of beachfront, marshes, forests, and dunes. 1600 N 25 East, L A Chesterton, 219-926-1952 N O ge Lakefront I ACRES TView Beaches –DUNE 3. Kemil, Dunbar, Lake Petnd Riverwalk A Mineral Springs Road Co U E N Bailly Cemetery Dunes Learning Howe R d Riverwalk Drive DEN DUNES Steel Mill Wagner Rd D N friendly beaches with access to hiking w il le s Tra g trails and the Lake View Beach picnic Bo S area with restrooms; also a great place to launch your kayak. All in Beverly Shores, PORT OF INDIANA IN 46304 BURNS HARBOR Center 4. Century of Progress – Constructed for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair to display To Portage Lakefront Marina the future of housing. Lake Front Drive., and Riverwalk 2 149 and Derby between Dunbar Ave. Ave., Exit 22 249 Chellberg Beverly Shores, IN 94 -led tours only Farm Exit 19 Salt Bailly 20 Avenue – A beach 5. Central where you can Homestead enjoy a quiet walk and watch the bank ek swallows come and go from their nests in PORTAGE the dunes. Central Beach, Beverly Shores, IN 46301 Cr Willowcreek Road e Exit 23 6. Mount Baldy – Hike to the beach and witness this area’s largest moving dune. 101 Rice St (US 12) Michigan City National Park City Park State Park and State Nature Preserve within boundary of National Park 1 0 0 Hiking trail Water trail Amphitheater Beach access Bicycle trail Campground Cross-country ski trail Bicycle trail Wetland Picnic area Ranger station Self-guiding trail Snack bar Swimming area 2021-22 Park Guide 2 1 Horseback riding Trailhead/beach access parking 5 K W Tr of •L •C Things to Do Beaches and Swimming If you are looking for a spot for your beach umbrella, or if you need a place that provides that little extra bit of safety with lifeguards, bathrooms and showers, ample parking and terrific views, we have a perfect beach for that. There are plenty of places to park at Indiana Dunes. All beach parking is free with the exception of West Beach and the state park. For parking information please call: (219) 395-1003. West Beach and Portage Lakefront have seasonal food vendors on location. Biking Discover much more than just sand dunes as you bike on an interconnected trail system that spans 37 miles across the entire length of the national park. A wide variety of biking trails traverse the various habitats and cultural history of Indiana Dunes National Park. The varying lengths make it easy to choose the trail that’s right for you. From a short easy ride to a challenging all-day trek, most of the trails are open all year, and the experience will change with each season. Birding Located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan, the national park is an important feeding and resting area for migrating birds. Lake Michigan influences the migration patterns of bird species. During the fall migration, southbound birds follow the north-south shoreline and are funneled into the Indiana Dunes. The large expanse of open water and miles of shoreline also attract large numbers of wintering birds. Camping Dunewood Campground Golf Wood Road & Dunewood Parkway, Beverly Shores, IN 46301 GPS Coordinates: 41.671786, -86.983985 (Decimal Degrees). Campground consists of two loops containing 66 camp-sites (53 conventional drive-in sites and 13 walk/carry-in sites). Four sites are wheelchair accessible (numbers 15, 30, 41 and 55). Each loop has modern restrooms and hot/cold showers. Some sites have limited recreational vehicle length. Convenience stores and a gas station are located 1/4 mile 6 If you are coming from Chicago or South Bend, you can take the South Shore Line train and leave your car at home. Beach-Going Tips List • Bring lifejackets, sun block, lip balm, umbrella, bug spray, and drinking water. • Pack lunches in sand proof containers. • Do not bring glass containers. • Some beaches have picnic shelters. • Alcohol allowed at the national park beaches. • Alcohol prohibited at the state park. Beaches: • West Beach • Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk • Porter Beach • Kemil Beach • State Park • Dunbar Beach • Lake View Beach • Central Avenue Beach • Mount Baldy Beach PAUL KEMIEL Oh, what a joy to find a six by six foot patch of sand all to yourself! Within that square you might find solitude, fun, adventure, nature, or companionship. Whatever it is that you may be seeking, your two sandy parks, Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Park have a beach for you. For more information, including tips on rip currents, scan the QR code here, or visit our Beach-Going & Swimming page at NPS.gov/INDU Popular Biking Trails: • Calumet Bike Trail Gravel, 19.0 miles round trip, flat. WARNING - Poor trail conditions • Dunes Kankakee Bike Trail Paved, 3.6 miles round trip, paved, flat. • Porter Brickyard Bike Trail Paved, 7.0 miles round trip, some hills. • Prairie Duneland Bike Trail Paved, 22.4 miles round trip, rail trail, flat. • Marquette Bike Trail Paved, 4.6 miles round trip, rail trail, flat. • Oak Savannah Bike Trail Paved, 17.8 miles round trip, rail trail, flat. For more information, scan the QR code seen here, or visit our biking page at https://www.nps. gov/indu/planyourvisit/biking. htm Popular Birding Trails: • Paul H. Douglas Trail (Miller Woods) Featured hike: Moderate, 3.4 miles in length, hike time of 2 hours. • Cowles Bog Trail Featured hike: Moderate to rugged, 4.7 miles in length, hike time of 4 hours. Park at park headquarters when Cowles Bog parking lot is full. • Great Marsh Trail Featured hike: Easy, 1.3 miles in length, hike time of 1 hour. north of the campground at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Broadway Ave. in the town of Beverly Shores. Campground closed during winter, November through March. For more information, scan the QR code seen here or visit our birding page at https://www. nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/ birdwatching.htm • No discount for the following America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes: Annual (nonsenior), Military, Volunteer, and 4th Grade. • $25.00 per night camping fee (expanded amenity fee). • All camp sites are reservable in advance at www.recreation.gov starting six months before the check-in date. Sites are reservable beginning on November 15 for the following camping season. • 50% discount for the following America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes: Senior Annual, Senior Lifetime, and Access Passes. WWW.NPS.GOV/INDU For more information on camping and reservations, scan the QR code seen here, or visit our Dunewood Campground page at recreation.gov Paddling Kayaking Kayaking is increasingly popular on Lake Michigan since the inception of the Lake Michigan Water Trail and in area waterways like the Little Calumet River and Burns Waterway. Try a new challenge by kayaking the Little Calumet River Water Trail: East Branch. Launching hand-carried, non-motorized boats from any Indiana Dunes National Park beach is permitted with the exception of West Beach’s lifeguarded swimming area (Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend). Lake Michigan’s water conditions can quickly change from calm to dangerous, so check the weather forecast and always use a certified personal flotation device. Canoeing Canoeing is also popular on the region’s rivers and waterways, but is generally not recommended for Lake Michigan due to frequent windy conditions and large waves. Canoeing is popular on the Little Calumet River. Experiencing the park from the vantage point of a canoe or a kayak gives you a new perspective. Doing so safely is paramount. Find out how, as well as other useful boating information by following the QR code right here. For more information, scan the QR code seen here, or visit our fishing and boating page at NPS.gov/INDU Horseback Riding Glenwood Dunes 1475 North Brummitt Road Chesterton, IN 46304 riding. Horses are prohibited in the winter to prevent accidents with cross-country skiers on the trail. Glenwood Dunes Trails are the national park’s only equestrian trails. Horseback riding is permitted on the specified portion of the Glenwood Dunes Trails from March 16 to December 14. However, if there is sufficient snow cover for cross-country skiing (3 inches or more) before December 15 or after March 15, the trail will remain closed to horseback The parking lot is large enough for horse trailers. In the parking lot and picnic area, all horse manure must be bagged, removed from the area and disposed of appropriately. There is no horse rental concession. Horses are prohibited on all roads. Pets are prohibited at Glenwood Dunes year-round. Hiking Discover much more than just sand dunes as you hike through 14 distinct trail systems covering more than 50 miles of trails. A wide variety of hiking trails traverse the various habitats and cultural history of Indiana Dunes National Park. The varying lengths and difficulty levels make it easy to choose the trail that’s right for you. From a short easy stroll to a challenging all-day trek, most of the trails are open all year and the hiking experience will change with each season. Fishing For more information, scan the QR code seen here, or visit our horseback riding page at https://www.nps.gov/indu/ planyourvisit/horse.htm BONUS ALL of our trail maps and hiking info can be found on pages 16-22. Paper trail maps are available at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, and at each trailhead kiosk. Digital trail maps are also available on the park’s website, and the new app mentioned throughout this guide. For more information, scan the QR code seen here, or visit our Hiking page at https://www. nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/ hiking.htm and a stamp if fishing for trout and salmon. Watch for drop-offs in creeks and along beaches. Fishing the Little Calumet River during the summer steelhead run is a worthy challenge and the Portage Lakefront fishing pier offers lakeside fishing. Boaters must stay 500 feet away from marked swimming areas, even when beaching. Nearby communities offer boat launches. Personal motorized watercraft are prohibited. Fishing is allowed under federal, state and local laws. You need an Indiana fishing license To find out more about fishing at the park, follow our fishing page’s weblinks. For more information, scan the QR code seen here, or visit our fishing and boating page at NPS.gov/INDU Arts in the Park Artists and Photographers Artists have been a part of the national parks since the 1870s. The famed Hudson River painters played a vital role in capturing the grand landscapes of the West. It was through their art that the public came to see these special places in America. Their surveys of the majestic landscapes motivated visitors to come witness the beauty for themselves. serve as great ambassadors for the inspiration, preservation, and stewardship of the dunes. The legacy of art continues with the Artistin-Residence program at Indiana Dunes National Park. The images created by the artist If you would like to be considered to carry on this heritage visit scan the QR code seen here. Artists who participate in this program receive residence for two weeks in exchange for a piece of framed art. The artists utilize park staff for their expertise and spend the days seeking their muse of c