Beaches

Find the westernmost Indiana Dunes National Park beach here! (closest to Chicago and Indianapolis) 

Walk onto  almost 5 miles of continuous, public Lake Michigan beaches forming the entire north border of our neighborhood. (Miller Woods Beach,  shown above, is the westernmost beach of the Indiana Dunes National Park.)

Our unique place on Lake Michigan keeps our  Beaches wide and walkable:  Being at the southernmost point of Lake Michigan means that lake currents and wind replenishes our beaches, and our natural wild dune buffer keeps them strong.  Experience a feeling of wonder and adventure along the lake.

Our sugar sand shores are lined by visible, parallel sand bars, making it great for off shore wading or swimming, or other water sports. To the north, it’s a vast and endless view  and there’s a spectacular view of the downtown Chicago skyline, just 20 miles away across the lake.

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 (leashed), on the  trails and beaches.

Plentiful Parking at 3 Lakefront Locations: Lake Street Beach and Marquette Beach in Marquette Park have year round parking access,  plus expanded parking access in the summer months to accommodate a swell of beach goers.  Well Street Beach (privately run) is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Do not park in residential areas, there is 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
More spectacular and scenic, 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