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A dog’s life…in the dunes!

Feature photo: Vito, by Niki Bazaldua. You can see many more photos of Vito on Niki’s instagram page @Nikibaz.


Many of you were curious about dog friendly spots in the area, so the Dig the Dunes crew went out and did some research. Here is what we found.

Dog friendly beaches.

  1. Lake Street, Miller – There’s a designated dog beach on the west side of Lake Street in Miller. Dogs are also allowed east of Marquette Park on the residential area beaches, but there’s not really public beach parking throughout that area.

  2. Central Ave. Beach  – Pines- Dogs are allowed on leashes, but unfortunately this popular dog beach is closed right now due to erosion.

  3. Kemil Beach and Dunbar Beach – Beverly Shores – Dogs allowed with leashes

  4. Lakeview Beach – Porter – Dogs allowed with leashes

  5. Portage Lakefront – Portage – Dogs allowed on riverwalk, but not beach

Dog friendly trails.

  1. Dogs are allowed on most of the trails, but there are just a few restricted areas, Pet Restriction Areas 

Chester 2001-April 2014

Chester 2001-April 2014

Dog friendly parks. These are the off-leash parks in the area

  1. Bluhm Park in Westville

  2. Creek Ridge County Park  in Michigan City

  3. Luhr County Park just south of LaPorte

  4. Portage Dog Park in Portage

Dog friendly restaurants. We recently did our top 20 outdoor patio list and have updated it to include the restaurants that are dog friendly. You will find a “DF” next to each restaurant that allows dogs on their decks.

Dog friendly stores. These are all chains, but a few are in our area. It’s good to know!

Do you know of some other dog-friendly areas that we didn’t include? Please let us know and we will add them in!

Milo and Otis.

Milo and Otis.


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