Indiana Dunes is NOW a National Park!

     The 15,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was re-designated by President Donald Trump as America’s 61st National Park. This is the first national park in Indiana, which has 15 miles of beach along the shores of Lake Michigan.
      Lake Michigan is the 5th largest lake in the world, and one of the deepest. Previously the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore was one of 418 “national park units.” Now it is part of an elite group of 61 parks across the country that Americans visit.

     The change was part of a omnibus appropriations bill that also included funding for the border wall pushed by President Donald Trump. House Joint Resolution 31, included renaming the National Lakeshore as a National Park.

     The legislation signed by the president also renames the 1.6-mile Miller Woods trail in the new National Park as the Paul H. Douglas Trail. This trail is named in honor of Illinois U.S. senator who helped establish the National Lakeshore in 1966.

     The name change didn’t come with any extra funding, but should help raise the Indiana Dunes recognition and image. The change to a National Park is not expected to result in any immediate programming or facilities changes, but expect a lot of new signs.

     The National Park Service continues to operate the park. Indiana Dunes National Park also will continue to operate separately from Indiana Dunes State Park. The state park is state-owned under the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.  Between the new national park and Indiana Dunes State Park more than 3.6 million people visited the Dunes in 2018.  

     Tourism officials expect the national park designation will help draw even more visitors to Northwest Indiana. Patrons enjoy the hiking trails, biking trails, woodlands, prairies, savannas, bogs, wetlands and, of course, the Indiana sand dunes, which reach heights up to 192 feet.

        Find Out More About Northwest Indiana’s nature with biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies, and marshes offering hiking, biking, birding, Parks and Recreation, Gardening and Landscaping and Lake Michigan.

Discover More About the Indiana Dunes:

Chesterton European Market
Century of Progress Tour
Things to Do in Michigan City
Dunes Learning Center
Chesterton Art Center
Things To Do in Chesterton
Hunter’s Brewing – Chesterton
Indiana Dunes Becomes a National Park
Songbird Prairie Bed & Breakfast awarded “Best Romantic Getaway”
Chautauqua in the Dunes
Lake Michigan Beaches
Free Beach Shuttles at Indiana Dunes
Birding Festival (May)
Maple Sugar Time (Spring)
Visit Mount Baldy
Outdoor Adventure Festival (Fall)

Apples Festival (Fall)
Local Family Fun Amusement Parks
Things to do in Valparaiso
Things to do in Portage

Read More Articles about the Indiana Dunes CLICK HERE!

Sue Baxter