Indiana Dunes National Park hugs 15 miles 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 will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 50 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers and peaceful forests.
Tent camping only. No campers or RVs. Parking limited to vehicles less than 20 feet long.
There is a steep hill to walk up to get to the group camp site. The terrain is a combination of gravel and grass.
A valid entrance pass or receipt is requried for all visitors. For more information, go to the fees and passes page .
All garbage must be packed out with you.
All tents must be in the open mowed area.
Up to 30 people on the Dunbar Group site.
Stays are limited to 14 days in a 30-day period.
Quiet hours are daily, 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. Please be considerate of others.
Pets must be attended at all times and remain on a leash.
You are not allowed to damage trees that are standing.
You are not allowed to drive up to the sites past the cable gate.
Fire must remain in the fire ring and you must bring your own wood.
Bathroom is at the bottom of the hill in the Dunbar Parking lot.
During the peak summer season, on warm days, parking can be very limited. The campsite is not accessible by vehicle. All items must be packed-in and packed-out.
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 and one National Historical Landmark are located within its boundaries.
The park is comprised of over 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers, and forests. It contains 15 miles 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 use this link: https://www.nps.gov/indu/learn/nature/index.htm
Dunbar Beach which is situated along the shoreline of Lake Michigan is located approximately 0.2 miles 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 is very strict.
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 north of the campground.
The Indiana Dunes Tourism and LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau have lists of other activities in the area.
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. Go to https://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/calendar.htm for our list of Ranger lead 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 Ave and West Lake Front Drive in Beverly Shores Indiana.