The Beach Tour
From West to East, we’ve got all your favorite beaches listed from Gary, Indiana to Bridgman, MI! Take a peek and click the link for more information and photos.
Thank you to Stephen Lehman for all the beautiful photos (unless otherwise noted).
Marquette Park and Lake Street Beach, Gary IN
Directions: Drive down lake street in Miller Beach. Reach parking lot at the end of the road. Marquette Park is not just a beach, but trails, a lagoon and a pavilion. It has a long history and is beautiful for a walk, stroll or even grabbing some lunch at the nearby concession. Parking is ample and there are some beautiful trails close by There is a lot with a fee as well as street parking. Restrooms are on-site. The pavilion is available for private parties. The lagoon has a kayak launch. Don't miss the Chanute Trail!
West Beach, Gary/Portage IN
Directions: Take Hwy. 12 to County Line Rd. Follow signs to main parking lot. West Beach is home to Long Lake trail, Succession trail and a public beach. This is National Park, so a park pass is required. There are restrooms and a concession during the summer. Visitors are allowed to climb one of the large dunes in the area. Fun for children and adults! There are also barbecues and picnic areas.
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, Portage IN
Directions: Take 12 and follow signs near 249. Head over bridge towards steel mill and into the park. Portage Lakefront has a small paved loop that is excellent for dog walking. It has a pier, a board walk and Dig the Dunes Trail Stop (a concession with beer, wine, live music and more!). This is National Park property and you do need a park pass.
Porter Beach, Porter IN
Directions: Take 12 to Waverly Rd. Follow around curve to the beach.Porter Beach (also known as Johnson’s beach) has 2 parking lots (one is for residents and the other is National Park property) and restrooms. There are a few paths in the dunes that you can climb as well as a very nice beach that connects to the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Kemil Beach, Beverly Shores IN
Directions: Take 12 to Kemil (tunnel) Rd. Head straight to the beach. Kemil Beach is a dog-friendly beach and has a parking lot and restrooms. Dune Ridge trail is also accessible from this lot and is a short loop that overlooks the Beverly Shores marsh. Many people consider Kemil one of the best spots to find beach glass and chrinoids.This is National Park property and you will need a pass.
Central Ave Beach
Directions: Take 12 to Central Ave. Parking lot at end of road. Beach has eroded and is very small right now, but if you can get on the beach there is usually a lot of rocks and beach glass as well as gorgeous views of the dunes. This is one of the most unique beaches in the area. It is National Park and you will need a park pass.
Mt. Baldy trail to beach is open. Beach is very narrow and connects to Central Ave beach. A nice trail to the beach. There are bathrooms open during the summer season. This is National Park and you will need a park pass.
Washington Park Beach, Michigan City IN
Directions: Follow Lake Shore Drive in Michigan City. Washington Park has a large lot, but there is a fee to park during the summer months. At Washington Park beach you can find a large beach, fishing pier, Sunset Grille concession and rooftop bar. There is also the Washington Park Zoo across the street as well as a splash park. Consider a boat tour at HarborCountryAdventures.com
Floral Lane: Warren Dunes State Park, Sawyer MI
Directions: Red Arrow Hwy. to Floral Lane. Park in lot and follow floral lane into the trails. Beautiful dunes and trails that will lead you eventually to the beach. The best part of this area, is not the beach, but the trail that gets you there! There are many other beaches as you go through Michigan, but this is one of our favorites.
Look for Weko Beach and Cherry Beach!
New Buffalo Public Beach, New Buffalo MI
Directions: Take 12 to New Buffalo and head North on Whittaker Street. This lot has a fee during the summer months. Here you can find a large beach, a pier, a marina and a short trail that walks through the dunes. Newly opened..New Buffalo Beach Club rents chairs and has food/drinks.