Porter Travel Guide

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Porter Things to Do

  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Watch the Trains

    Porter is renowned in the Train Watching world as the place to be. Every 6-10 minutes another train passes through what is known as Porter Junction. Four tracks from the east join with three tracks from the west. Transportation is pushed together in this area by length of Lake Michigan.

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Porter Restaurants

  • 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 in the back of the restaurant.Subway is the national chain of sub...

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  • 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 persons (i.e., truck drivers), but you can get hot food to go. There are...

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  • 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 down. It's really a get and go place. There are a few tables, but they're...

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  • Local eating

    I've heard good things about the Tavern, but I have not had a chance to stop in. It's located downtown along the tracks and does a heavy lunch business.

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  • Fresh made Mexican dishes

    Located downtown, across from the tracks, Santiago's is a place that is a place of regulars. It has that friendly atmosphere that you're family. Enchiladas and tostadas are very good. The burrito is a regular of mine. All are fresh made and the chips are served warm.

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  • Mexican and American

    From the outside, Leroy's has the appearance of a roadhouse, a biker bar. Don't let that fool you. There is some of the best Jazz on weekends and great food all day. Their specialty is Mexican. It's spicy and great tasting. They also have a full line of sandwiches and dinners. Never had a bad meal. And I couldn't say one stands out.

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Porter Transportation

  • I-94

    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 it worth the expense, vs. the drive south and around the city.

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  • 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 Wagners south. You'll pass Wagner's Restaurant (remember the BBQ) and...

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  • Downtown Porter

    Downtown Porter is very straight forward, it's Lincoln Street along the tracks. Getting there is another matter. Coming in on US 20, the easiest way is to locate Wagner or Waverly Streets. Both are off US 20. Waverly is east of Wagner at a traffic light by Splash Down Dunes Waterpark. (near IN 49). Go south until you come to the Hawthorne park (on...

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Porter Local Customs

  • 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 prosper, encouraging germination of prairie plants and assists in...

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  • Science experiments

    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 chance to study the impact human activity has had on the natural world. Leave...

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Porter Warnings and Dangers

  • Perverts

    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 public sex acts. Law enforcement really needs to do a better job in...

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  • 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!

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  • Ice Shelf

    The ice shelf looks awful pretty; other-worldly I would say, but don't even think about walking on it. Through the actions of the wind and water, most of the shelf is actually hollow. Plunging through into the icy waters is a very real possibility and getting out is difficult even if you have people helping you. I've seen it happen! Stay off the...

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Porter Tourist Traps

  • Busy beaches

    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 from the crowds. Most of the slobs you visit here don't have the initiative...

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  • 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 caravan of school buses. Nothing against kids; and believe me, I think...

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Porter Off The Beaten Path

  • 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 building. It's the cross roads of five Railroad lines. Lake Michigan forces...

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  • Chellberg Farm

       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 Kjellberg's (later anglicized to Chellberg) settled in the Northwest Indiana...

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  • 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 international competitors were held 1928-1932, with 7,000 to 20,000 spectators....

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Porter Sports & Outdoors

  • 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. The trail contains two loops for a total of 3.25 miles. The hike can be...

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  • 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 members of the Pokagan band of Potawatomi Indians. According to them the...

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  • Little Calumet River Trail

    They might have to rename this one, as the portion of the trail the skirted along the banks of the river are now too eroded to be considered unsafe for hikers. The southern portion of the trail has been rerouted into the new Mnoke Prairie; only at two points will visitors see the river that gives this trail its name.

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Porter Favorites

  • 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 intend on fully exploring the Dunes, grab a couple copies. I've gone through...

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  • Operating hours

    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.    Don't take this lightly, park rangers are very strict about...

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