Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
15 miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline, camping, hiking, wildflower, wildlife, historic farm, early homestead and much more are offered within the National lakeshore..My Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore page
Cool off on a hot day
Splash Down Dunes continues to expand every year. It started as just two water slides and a wave pool. Now there is a kiddie area, additional slides and a lazy river. Picnic areas are available for groups and the pirate boat will intrigue the kids.
Travel America & Buckthorn: Three ways to eat
Travel America has three ways to eat inside. It's a truck stop, so don't look for frills. There is the Subway, just inside the entrance from the car parking area. There is the pick up and go also just inside the same door. And then there is the Buckthorn Restaurant located...
Steel City - Truck Stop: Variety but no seating
If you're looking to pick up something for a quick lunch or wanting to put together a picnic lunch in the dunes, Steel City may be the place for you. Gas, diesel, E85 and a variety of treats. The atmosphere is a truck stop, there is very limited seating, designed for 1 or 2...
The Brown Bag: Quick in and out
The Brown Bag is located along US 12 and serves the mills and powerplants. The lot is often full of large trucks and the place looks like it's a truck repair as much as it might look like a place to eat. The food makes up for the lack of atmosphere. Oh, don't plan on sitting...
The Quickest way to and from Northwest Indiana are the Interstates. Two come through this area and I-94 is the quickest as it drops off the closest to Porter and the dunes. From Chicago, it's known as the Chicago Skyway. Quick direct and cost a few bucks. I've always found...
Porters Southside (or Wagners Restaurant
Wagner is west of Waverly. Just west of Wagner is LeRoy's Hotstuff. Coming from the west, you'll pass LeRoy's. If you're coming from the east, you've just missed Wagners when you get to LeRoy's, turn around in their parking lot, or stop for lunch first. To get downtown, take...
The Red Buffalo
The nickname given to prairie fires by Native Americans. Fire is an essential componant to keeping an ecological balance. Once the job of Mother Nature, today's controlled burns prevent the predominance of foreign plant species, allowing native and sometimes rare species to...
If you hit some of my Off The Beaten Path tips you might encounter scientific experiment sights like the one pictured here. Not just the birthplace of ecology, The Dunes are a living laboratory with a very high level of plant diversity. And the nearby industries offer a...
The view from the Inland Marsh Overlook is quite nice and a great place to take a quick picture, but sadly it has become somewhat of a meeting place for men (often in groups) forcefully trying to ascertain sexual favors, usually from other men and boys, or even engaging in...
Ice Shelf II
Since many people fail to heed the ice shelf warning I'll mention it again, this time with graphic photographic evidence. See: a quarter-inch of frozen water and sand is all that separates a dummy from hypothermia and possible death. Stay off the ice shelf, it's hollow!
It never gets as bad as images I have seen from urban or European beaches, with sunbathers packed sweaty elbow to sweat elbow, but the Dunes beaches can get VERY crowded during the summer months.
Deal with it. Take a hike in the backdune country or walk a mile or so away...
School field trips
Animals, knowledgeable park rangers dressed in period costumes, free admittance and the chance to learn about pioneer life in The Region makes the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm a hit with the school age crowd. There was a point where everytime I'd show up there'd be a...
Trains Up Close
Thomas the Tank Engine is a hero in your house? You're also facinated by the big locomotives on those few occasions when you see them? If you have a half hour to spend, stop by Porter Junction and you'll have a great time. Porter Junction isn't a store, it's not even a...
If you're traveling with kids be sure to stop at the Chellberg Farm, a working late 19th century style farm complete with animals. Kids of all ages, including this 25 year old kid, love it. Like other Swedish families, Anders and Johanna...
Once was a Ski Jump
Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 64.1997.1 County: Porter Title: Ogden Dunes Ski Jump Marker Text: Steel and wood ski jump with adjustable height and length was built here for Ogden Dunes Ski Club, incorporated in 1927 to promote winter sports. Five annual events with...
Inland Marsh Trail
The name of this trail is somewhat misleading. From the trail you won't get a view of the many marshes in the area. You're standing on an ancient beach. What you will see are the Tolleston Dunes, formed some 10,000 years ago when Lake Michigan was 25 feet that it is today. ...
Mnoké Prairie Trail
The latest, and most welcome, addition to the Lakeshore is a short, .9 mile linear hiking trail through this 120 acre tract of restored prairie on Beam Road, west of US 20. The trail contects to the Little Calumet River and Bailly/Chellberg trails. The name was given by some...
Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center
Whether you're coming from out of town or you live nearby, stop by the Visitor Center. Housed in this former church building is short film, a small bookstore with many interesting books and items, plenty of informative brochures and the indespensible system map. If you...
Be aware of the operating hours for the various parts of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Sections close either at sunset or 9 PM, times should be listed at the entrances and they differ from site to site. Check with the visitors center to be on the safe side....
Explore Deeper into Porter
* Pricing and fares have been collected during the three days prior to today's date. Actual pricing and fares are provided by air carrier and suppliers, whose prices change frequently and without notice.