Beaches

5 BEACHES, 5 MILES, 5 MINUTES from anywhere here including the westernmost beach of the Indiana Dunes National Park! (closest to Chicago and Indianapolis) Experience wonder and adventure on the Lake Michigan beaches that form our entire northern border.

Our unique place on Lake Michigan keeps our  Beaches wide and walkable:  Lake currents and winds replenish our beaches and sand bars,  and keep our natural wild dune buffer strong. Our shore is great for off shore wading or swimming, or other water sports. To the north, the vast, endless view includes the downtown Chicago skyline. Our shores form the southernmost point of Lake Michigan.

Boat-In  and Dog Friendly Beaches:  Over two and half miles of boat in is permitted here, where you can anchor your boat or paddle into shore and enjoy the beach or join friends.  Dogs are welcome too (but keep them leashed).

Plentiful Parking at these Lakefront Locations: Lake Street BeachMarquette Beach, and West Beach have year round parking access,  plus expanded access in the summer months to accommodate a swell of beach goers.  Wells Street Beach (privately run) is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. No public parking in residential areas.

More Information on our beaches:

Lake Street Beach
Address: 860 N Lake St, Gary, IN 46403
PUBLIC PARKING ALL YEAR. Jet ski and small craft launch. Directly adjacent to Miller Woods Beach, the westernmost beach in the national park. Paved Chanute Trail through dunes to Marquette Park. Free beach shuttle on summer weekends. On the Miller/Aetna trail. Lifeguard in the summers.
(219) 938-7362
Marquette Beach and Park
Address: 1 North Grand Blvd., Gary, IN 46403
PUBLIC PARKING ALL YEAR, directly adjacent to Lake Michigan. Parking in limited in cooler seasons. Fees apply in lots closest to Lake Michigan. Sweeping and unbelievably scenic beachfront park with playgrounds, and nature preserve areas. Miles of walkable beach, a concession stand, hiking trails, picnic areas, and lifeguards near the parking area. Statue commemorating the famous missionary Jacques Marquette, ADA Kayak Lagoon Launch, and two historic events venues (Marquette Pavilion and historic Gary Bath House).
(219) 938-7362
Miller Woods Beach at Indiana Dunes National Park
Address: 860 N Lake St, Gary, IN 46403
Hike the Miller Woods Trail here, or park at Lake Street Beach public lot. PUBLIC PARKING ALL YEAR, with limited amounts fall through spring at Lake Street Beach lot. This the westernmost Lake Michigan beach in the Indiana Dunes National Park. Natural wind swept sand dunes and walk in waters. A great spot for swimming, or walking along the water. Peaceful spot. Closest Indiana Dunes beach to Illinois and Indianapolis areas.
(219) 395-1824
Wells Street Beach
Address: 9501 Lake Shore Dr., Gary, Indiana 46403
PARKING and concession. Fresh cooked menu of great food, known for far and wide for delicious burgers and hospitality. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
(219) 938-8275
West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Park
Address: 376 North County Line Road, Gary, IN 46403
Natural Lake Michigan beaches, on the east border of the Miller Beach neighborhood. Hike the West Beach Trail System in this section of the Indiana Dunes National Park. Enjoy the sweeping views of Lake Michigan and Chicago from the top of the Dunes Succession trail stairs. See website for updated information on parking fees, and seasonal bath house and lifeguard hours. Extensive parking available all year round.
(219) 395-1882