Indiana Dunes State Park

4.2
1600 North 25
Chesterton, IN 46304

(219) 926-1952
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Park Features & Amenities

Camp Basics

Park Type:

Public

Sites:

140

Pull Through Sites:

No

Pets Allowed:

Yes

Age Restrictions:

None

Shaded Sites:

Yes

Credit Cards Accepted: NA

Utilities & Amenities

Power: 50 Amps, 30 Amps

Restrooms:

Yes

Showers:

Yes

Dumping:

Yes

Recreation

Clubhouse:

No

Fishing:

Yes

Playground:

Yes

Boat Launch:

No

Traveler Tips


Traveler Reviews


Rob H's picture
Rob H
64 reviews
4

Great State Park

Just a few things to add to the previous well-written reviews, all sites are mostly level and very well shaded. Electric only, there is no water or sewer at the sites. Several water taps are available upon entering the campground, and there are 2 sewer dump sites at the station. There is no wifi in the park itself but wifi is available at the Visitor's Center for the National Seashore just a few miles south.

The park is heavily visited by locals who tended to leave early afternoon, sometimes creating a waiting line at the dump station. For a morning departure the dump station seemed to be open most times.

The park regulations state that no alcohol is allowed within the boundaries of the park. If you practice discretion at your site only and preferably inside of your RV during evening hours it should not be any problem enjoying your favorite beverage.

Take some time to hike the trails. There are several options available from easy short hikes with plenty of shade to much longer strenuous hikes up to 7 miles in length, as well as many options in between. And if you're feeling adventurous hike to the top of one of the 3 talles sand dunes; you'll be rewarded with a terrific view of Lake Michigan.

Take some time to explore the immediate area beyond the State Park that belongs to the National Seashore. There are several interesting historical locations within just a few miles.

We stayed here 3 nights in our travel trailer and would visit again.

Date of Stay:
 July, 2017
Rate Paid:
 $23.00

Robert G.
2 reviews
5

Full but comfotable

It's a fairly busy place even on a Monday night, but the sites are nice and the hiking and other amenities are great.

Date of Stay:
 August, 2015
Rate Paid:
 $23.00

Technomadia's picture
Technomadia
143 reviews
5

Lovely Park!

We loved our stay at Indiana Dunes. The sites are all nicely spaced, and many of them receive shade. We especially loved the sites that back up to the dunes.

Great hiking trails accessible from the campground, and easy access to the Lake Michigan shoreline with a beach. Lovely views of Chicago - catch a sunset, for sure!

You're also within easy reach of amenities - like a train stop into Chicago (much better than driving in!), and shopping & dining. The campground even gave us a coupon book on check-in, which was quite handy.

Like all IN State Parks, you pay a one-time entrance fee for your entire stay - here it is $5 for state residents, and $10 for out of state. During the week, the park has a lot of openings, and weekends it is typically booked solid and can feel a bit crowded. Sun - Wed nights were $19+tax, and Thu-Sat was $26.

Date of Stay:
 June, 2014
Rate Paid:
 $21.00

avsmom
5 reviews
4

Beautiful park! Great bargain!

We stayed here overnite middle of hottest July on record in 2012! Park is Huge and there are lots of dune trails to explore and is a birders paradise! sites are nicely set out, and a sandy beach on Lake Michigan a ten minute walk away. Paved and ADA accessible!One peeve: Our site's picnic table had been taken by campers across way that had 3 picnic tables in use! Other than poor park supervision, we enjoyed our overnite stay! Out of state will pay 10.00 entrance fee each nite. Reflected in daily fee below!


Kayteebee6
1 review
4

Enjoyed our stay!

My husband and I, and our two dogs, stayed at the Dunes for several days. In fact, we enjoyed the park so much, we extended our stay. The park is clean, has well maintained trails, and the beach has an area for our dogs to swim. The park staff was visible, kept up with the property, and very helpful.

The park has a train station right outside the entrance, making it easy to visit our daughter in Chicago.

I deducted one star because some sites are a little too close together and there is a separate entrance fee charged, over and above the camping fees.

Date of Stay:
 June, 2012

tony2
4 reviews
4

Dunes

Camped here for a third Easter weekend in a row. Great time, hardly any other campers and good weather, although nights can get chilly.


tony2
4 reviews
4

Dunes

Great state park. Beautiful beach with tall dunes, campground is new in 2007 large flat sites with asphalt pads. Good bathroom facilities.


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JoAnn B
305 reviews
4

In the dunes

Very open campground but with lots of trees. Surrounded by huge, sand-covered dunes. We tried a number of sites and all were level. New modern bathrooms. Short paved walk to Lake Michigan and the beach. Lovely ‘ambience’.

Date of Stay:
 May, 2009
Rate Paid:
 $18.00