Indiana Dunes National Park hugs 15 miles (24 km) of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national park's 15,000 acres (6070 ha) will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 50 miles (80 km) of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers and peaceful forests.
Only Tent camping is permitted. Campers or RVs are not permitted. Parking is limited to vehicles less than 20 feet (6 m) long.
Access to sites. The campsite is not accessible by vehicle. You are not allowed to drive up to the sites past the cable gate. There is a steep hill you must walk up to reach the group camp site. The terrain is a combination of gravel and grass. During the peak summer season parking can be very limited, especially on warm days.
Tent set up. All tents must be set up in the open mowed area.
A valid entrance pass or receipt is required for all visitors. You may pay upon arrival or purchase in advance. Indiana Dunes honors Federal interagency passes (annual, senior, access, 4th grade, Golden Age, etc.). For more information, visit the Indiana Dunes Fees & Passes
Garbage. All garbage must be packed out with you. Several dumpsters are available at the Dunewood Campground. Please do not leave it in the Dunbar Parking Lot garbage can, it is too small for camping groups to use.
Group Size. Up to 30 people may camp on the Dunbar Group site.
Maximum Stay. Stays are limited to 14 days in a 30-day period.
Quiet Hours. Quiet hours are daily, 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. Please be considerate of others.
Pets. Pets must be attended at all times and remain on a leash.
Campfires and Firewood. Fire must remain in the fire ring and you must bring your own wood. Do not cut or damage any standing trees.
Restrooms. The restroom is at the bottom of the hill in the Dunbar Parking lot.
Indiana Dunes National Park is a treasure of diverse natural resources located within an urban setting. The national park features communities that have both scientific and historic significance to the field of ecology. In addition, four National Natural Landmarks (including Pinhook Bog and Cowles Bog ) and one National Historical Landmark (the Bailly Homestead) are located within its boundaries.
The park is comprised of over 15,000 acres (6070 ha) of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers, and forests. It contains 15 miles (24 km) of Lake Michigan shoreline spanning the distance from Gary to Michigan City. Lake Michigan is part of the largest complex of freshwater lakes in the world. The national park's beaches are the park's most significant recreational resource.
For more information on our natural features visit the Nature and Science page on the park website.
Dunbar Beach, situated along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, is approximately 0.2 miles (.32 km) from the group camp site.
Several other national park beaches are within easy driving distance.
Do NOT park in the Town of Beverly Shores' beach parking lot, which is located just to the east of the Lake View lot. You will get ticketed. The town strictly enforces parking laws.
A gas station / convenience store is located ¼ mile north of the campground at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Broadway Avenue.
The Beverly Shores South Shore Railroad station with passenger service to Chicago and South Bend is located on Broadway Avenue, ¼ mile (.4 km) north of the campground.
There is no one-size-fits-all trip to the dunes. Each season offers new and different ways to enjoy Indiana Dunes National Park. Spring splashes the river banks of the Heron Rookery with an abundance of colorful wildflowers in this birder's paradise. Lake Michigan summer sunsets paint the skies with vibrant rays that offer a picture-perfect picnic setting. In the fall, Maple trees burst with warm red and golden hues crafting a spectacular backdrop for a hike by the Chellberg Farm and winter brings a scenic canvas of virgin white snow begging for a cross-country skiing adventure in the Glenwood Dunes.
As the seasons change, so do the recreational opportunities, park facility operating hours and closures and safety concerns. Here is a list of some of the activities that occur in the National Park: Beach-going & Swimming, Biking, Bird Watching, Camping, Fishing & Boating, Hiking, Geocaching, Historical Sites, Horseback Riding, Interpretive Programs, Picnic, Winter Activities and Guided Tours. Check the Calendar page on our website for our list of Ranger-led programs.
Customers who cancel a group site reservation less than 14 days before the arrival date will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee.
For campground inquiries, please call: 219-395-1882
Dunbar Group site is on Dunbar Ave and West Lake Front Drive in Beverly Shores, Indiana.