events

Events

Events

7/29/17 - Campfire on the Beach

CampfireJoin a ranger for a sunset and campfire program on Saturday, July 29, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Kemil Beach. The program will start at the Kemil Beach parking lot, followed by a short walk to the beach. If you arrive late, please walk to the beach to join the event. Enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beach while sitting around a campfire listening to live music. Please bring a blanket or beach chair to sit on. Dress comfortably and bring a jacket as it can be cool at night on Lake Michigan, even in the summer.

The Kemil Beach parking lot is located on East State Park Road (300 E), about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12, in Beverly Shores. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882.

7/23/17 - Historic Toys Program at Chellberg Farm

Historic ToysCome out to historic Chellberg Farm and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with traditional farm games on Sunday, July 23, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Unplug from electronics and join staff and volunteers in playing traditional games from the early 1900’s in the front lawn of the Chellberg Farm house. After the toys program, join a ranger at 4:00 pm to help feed the farm animals at Chellberg Farm.

Chellberg Farm is located on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882.

Beach Fun Fridays This Summer

Beach Fun Fridays Indiana DunesMake it a beach day! Join rangers every Friday this summer from 2:00 pm to about 30 minutes past sunset at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach. Activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, a sunset hike, and a beach campfire. Try out a kayak or paddleboard starting at 2:00 pm. All equipment is provided for free. A one-hour sunset hike on the Dune Succession Trail will start at 7:45 pm from the Ranger Contact Station located in the north end of the West Beach parking lot. This trail offers stunning views of the sunset over Lake Michigan with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop. A beach campfire, complete with marshmallow toasting, starts shortly before sunset.

There is a $6 per car parking fee charged until 7:00 pm. Please bring a picnic dinner and don’t forget warmer clothing for the evening sunset and beach campfire.

Meet at the West Beach parking lot located at 376 North County Line Road in Portage, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/indu and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNL.

Thursdays - Sunset Paddle with a Ranger

Kayaking at the Indiana DunesBring your kayak or canoe and enjoy a leisurely sunset paddle with a ranger every Thursday evening in July from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Marquette Lagoons. This easy sunset adventure includes a visit to a lodge of one of our busiest animals, the American beaver. You must bring your own canoe or kayak, life jacket, and paddle. Meet at the Marquette Park Lagoon parking lot near the stairs just north of the Marquette Pavilion.

Marquette Park is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 1 North Grand Boulevard, about two miles north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller neighborhood of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882.

Sundays through 9/10/17 - Mount Baldy Guided Hike

Mount Baldy Guided Hikes*Must preregister to attend. Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore every Sunday in July from 10:00 am to 11:30 am for a hike to the top of famous Mount Baldy. Even though the area is closed for general public use, this ranger-led tour allows visitors to experience the beauty and spectacular views from the tallest dune in the national lakeshore.

The hikes start at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, which is located at 1215 North State Road 49 in Porter, about one mile north of Interstate 94. After a brief introduction, participants will drive their own cars to Mount Baldy for a ranger-led hike to top of the dune. These hikes will be offered on Sunday mornings through September 3, 2017.

The tours are free, but reservations are required and space is limited. Call 219-395-1882 to make reservations and to find out more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.