The National Park Service has approved an entrance fee for Indiana Dunes National Park beginning on March 31, 2022. The new fee revenue will help fund the Marquette Greenway Bike Trail, parking and transportation improvements and visitor services for a park that has seen its attendance increase from 1.7 million visitors to more than 3 million since its name change in February of 2019. This new fee only affects the national park and does not change the fee collected by the state for entrance into the Indiana Dunes State Park.
The fees vary depending on the method used to enter the national park. The per person/walk-in/bike-in/boat-in rate: $15.00 (up to a maximum of $25 per family), Motorcycle Pass: $20.00, One to Seven-Day Vehicle Pass: $25.00, Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass: $45.00 and Commercial Fee for a Motor Coach (Bus): up to $100.00.
Holders of the following federal land passes will not pay an entrance fee: Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Veterans, Military and Gold Star Family Pass, 4th Grade Pass, Access Pass (for permanent disability), and the Volunteer Pass.
The Indiana Dunes National Park Entrance Pass (1-7 days) and the Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass will be available for purchase at the following locations: Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, the Paul H Douglas Center, and seasonally at the West Beach Entrance Station or online at www.recreation.gov.
The park’s Annual Pass will be available for purchase beginning March 1st and the Entrance Pass will be available on the first day fees are collected; March 31st. There are plans to have local vendors such as gas stations, or other retailers near the park, sell passes too. More information will be available when vendors are confirmed.
“This is a positive step to keep the park accessible, safe and vibrant for all, while allowing us to grow and meet the increased needs of our visitors,” said park superintendent Paul Labovitz. “Out of town guests expect a fee at most places they visit and everyone can obtain an annual pass for what might be the best bargain in town. Stepping up our maintenance and public safety is needed as well as expanding our role in bringing new amenities forward. Thank you in advance for your support.”
For more information about the new entrance fees or passes, contact the park’s information desk at 219-395-1882 or see the park web page at www/nps.gov/indu.
Related Stories . . .
Take the “3 Dune Challenge”
Indiana Dunes Camping
The National Park Service is proposing a reservation system for 11 picnic shelters and 34 campsites at Indiana Dunes National Park. A reservation system will allow visitors to plan their camping trips and picnics at the national park up to six months in advance. Currently, all picnic shelters in the park and all campsites… Continue Reading →
Northwest Indiana Beaches!
The Northwest Indiana Region is home to miles and miles of sandy beaches along Lake Michigan. There are 14 different beaches from Whiting to Michigan City. Below is a description for your enjoyment. If you go, remember to use sunscreen and have flip flops the sand is very hot. For A Complete List of Area Splash Pads and Pools, Continue Reading . . .
Free Beach Shuttles at Indiana Dunes
Two Dune Buggies will be rolling through the park this summer. They won’t be 4-wheeling over the sand; instead they will be picking up South Shore train passengers and Dunewood campground visitors and providing free shuttle service to the park’s beaches. Continue Reading . . .
Century of Progress Talk Before the Tour
Every year, the Indiana Landmarks conducts a tour of the Century of Progress homes, and it is ALWAYS SOLD OUT! However, there’s a talk on Friday Night. The 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago—called the Century of Progress—offered millions of people in the depths of the Great Depression a hopeful… Continue Reading →
Visit the Chesterton Art Center
The Chesterton Art Center has been an active part of the community for many decades and is the host of the 61st Annual Chesterton Art Fair taking place the frist weekend in August at Dogwood Park. The Art Center so sponsors the Annual Art After Dark Gala. Each week, the Chesterton Art Center hosts an average of (8) children’s classes for kids ages 3-16, as well as adult classes in a variety of topic Continue Reading . . .
Visit Mount Baldy
A local quiet but majestic attraction is Mount Baldy, just off U.S. 12, named for the lack of plant life on its dunes. For you history buffs, just east of Mount Baldy is the former site of the famed Hoosier Slide, the once 194-foot sand dune and tourist attraction whose sand was used for the making of glass and steel by local industries Continue Reading . . .
Visit the European Market
Join the Chamber for the continuation of the European Market, Northwest Indiana’s premier outdoor artisan and farmers’ market every Saturday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm on Third Street and Broadway in historic downtown Chesterton Continue Reading . . .
Native Plant Sale
Mark your calendars for the Friends of Indiana Dunes Annual Plant Sale held every year on a Saturday in the middle of April from 8am till 1pm. The Native Plant Sale will again be held at the Indiana Dunes Tourism Visitor Center Continue Reading . .
Maple Sugar Time (March)
Native Americans discovered maple sap. Since it has the consistency of water, it is believed that they mistook it for water seeping from the maple tree and cooked with it, leading to the realization of its sweetness. They used fire, wood, clay pots and rocks. The rocks were heated in the fire and then used to st Continue Reading . . . . .
Indiana Dunes Apples Festival (Fall)
Celebrate autumn with an Apples Festival at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22nd 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Fun is the theme of the weekend interleaved with the celebration of the all American Apple. Continue Reading . . .
Outdoor Adventure Festival at Indiana Dunes
Spend the weekend outdoors at the Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival, which will take place the first weekend in October throughout the Indiana Dunes Region. Packed with outdoor adventure opportunities, the festival will brin Continue Reading . . .
Birding Festival (May)
Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May 2020 at the fourth annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival. The festival is a partnership with the state’s major environmental groups highlighting the Indiana Continue Reading . . .
Chautauqua in the Dunes (September)
Chautauqua in the Dunes is four full days of events, Sept 9th – 12th, 2020. Chautauqua will build on the cultural, historical, environmental, economic, political, and religious heritage found here in Northwest Indiana and throughout the Dunes region. Chautauquas were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century as accessible and participatory educational… Continue Reading →
FIND OUT MORE:
Things To Do in Chesterton
Things To Do in Michigan City
Things To Do in Hammond
Things To Do in Whiting (By the Lake)
Things To Do in LaPorte
Local Family Fun Amusement Parks
Things To Do In Portage
Things to do in Crown Point
Things To Do in Lowell