Beach access has
been restored at Indiana Dunes National Park’s Portage Lakefront and
Riverwalk following the completion of a new trail to replace the one
destroyed by storms last fall.
nevertheless use caution due to driftwood and other storm debris deposited
on or near the beach by winter and spring storms. The beach at Portage
Lakefront is also much narrower than normal due to Lake Michigan being near
its all-time high-level mark.
one of the most popular sites in Indiana Dunes National Park, is operated by
the City of Portage in partnership with the National Park Service. In
addition to the beach, the site features a pavilion with a food concession
“Piggin’ Out,” an accessible trail, the Burns Waterway Riverwalk, and a
breakwater that’s a popular fishing and strolling spot.
The beach at
Portage Lakefront has no lifeguards so swimmers need to understand the
dangers of Lake Michigan before entering the water. Swimming is strongly
discouraged when there is rough water or large waves due to the danger of
potentially deadly rip currents. Rip currents are even more likely at
beaches like Portage Lakefront that have a breakwater or other structure on
the lake. Even in calm water, children should always be closely monitored by
information on beach access at Indiana Dunes National Park, call (219)
395-1882 or visit www.nps.gov/indu