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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

If you believe this information is incorrect or needs updating, please let us know here.
So what does "Park Phased Reopening" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Indiana Dunes National Park is currently working on reopening. This can mean that certain areas are closed. It can include trails, campgrounds, facilities, visitor centers, etc. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has more information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Indiana Dunes National Park is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Indiana and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Indiana Dunes National Park is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Indiana and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: September 16, 2021
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***Discover Our Parks, LLC takes no responsability in the accuracy of these alerts, which are taken directly from NPS.gov, and we provide them for informational purposes only. Please refer to NPS.gov for more information.

Indiana Dunes National Park Overview

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.

Entrance Fees

Access Lifetime Pass - $0
Lifetime access pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is requested, but not required, to obtain the pass. Provides free access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard
Active Military Annual Pass - $0
Yearly pass available to US military members and the dependents of deployed military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD For
Volunteer Annual Pass - $0
Pass for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis. Provides free access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. Valid for one full year from the month of earning the pass (through last
Annual 4th Grade Pass - $0
Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners, 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper voucher. The pass is valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September throu
West Beach - Senior Pass Entrance Fee - $3
This expanded amenity fee is discounted by 50% and provides entry for one (1) vehicle. The fee helps maintain the bathhouse and lifeguards during the peak season.
West Beach - Access Pass Entrance Fee - $3
This expanded amenity fee is discounted by 50% and provides entry for one (1) vehicle. The fee helps maintain the bathhouse and lifeguards during the peak season.
West Beach - Access Pass Entrance Fee (Currently No Charge*) - $3
This expanded amenity fee is discounted by 50% and provides entry for one (1) vehicle. The fee helps maintain the bathhouse and lifeguards during the peak season. *Fee is collected daily from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend, 8:00 am to as late as 7:00 pm Central Time.
West Beach - Senior Pass Entrance Fee (Currently No Charge*) - $3
This expanded amenity fee is discounted by 50% and provides entry for one (1) vehicle. The fee helps maintain the bathhouse and lifeguards during the peak season. *Fee is collected daily from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend, 8:00 am to as late as 7:00 pm Central Time.
West Beach - Standard Entrance Fee - $6
This expanded amenity fee provides entry for one (1) vehicle. The fee helps maintain the bathhouse and lifeguards during the peak season.
West Beach - Standard Entrance Fee (Currently No Charge*) - $6
This expanded amenity fee provides entry for one (1) vehicle. The fee helps maintain the bathhouse and lifeguards during the peak season. *Fee is collected daily from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend, 8:00 am to as late as 7:00 pm Central Time.
Dunewood Campground - Senior Pass Camping Fee - $13
This camping fee is discounted by 50% and provides for one (1) campsite. There is no electric or water hookups. There is a dump station on site.
Dunewood Campground - Access Pass Camping Fee - $13
This camping fee is discounted by 50% and provides for one (1) campsite. There is no electric or water hookups. There is a dump station on site.
Senior Annual Pass - $20
Yearly senior pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents, age 62 or over. Valid for one full year from the month of purchase (through last day of that month). The annual senior pass can be upgraded to a lifetime senior pass by exchanging up to four ann
Dunewood Campground - Standard Camping Fee - $25
This camping fee provides for one (1) campsite. There is no electric or water hookups. There is a dump station on site.
West Beach - Bus Entrance Fee - $30
This expanded amenity fee provides entry for one (1) bus. The fee helps maintain the bathhouse and lifeguards during the peak season.
West Beach - Bus Entrance Fee (Currently No Charge*) - $30
This expanded amenity fee provides entry for one (1) bus. The fee helps maintain the bathhouse and lifeguards during the peak season. *Fee is collected daily from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend, 8:00 am to as late as 7:00 pm Central Time.
Senior Lifetime Pass - $80
Lifetime senior pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents, age 62 or over. Provides free access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. Provides a 50% discount for select Expanded Amenity Fees (park sp
Annual Pass - $80
Yearly pass available to the general public that provides free access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee. Valid for one full year from the month of purchase (through last day of that month). No discoun