Find the westernmost national park beaches here, including the Closest Indiana Dunes Beaches to Chicago and Indianapolis.
Miller Woods Beach is the starting point of approximately 5 continuous miles of scenic walkable Lake Michigan beaches. It is also the westernmost beach of the Indiana Dunes National Park. Lake Michigan beaches form the north border of our neighborhood for its entirety, while the national park lands wrap around us on the west, south and east.
The Indiana Dunes has 15 miles of beach, and 5 miles of it are directly on the north end of Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood, with Miller Woods Beach to the west and West Beach flanking us on the east.
The Southernmost Point of Lake Michigan helps our Beaches keep their Volume and Walkability
Our location at the southernmost point of Lake Michigan means the sand replenishes from the east via the currents of Lake Michigan. Wind patterns from the north keep our dunes and beaches strong and wide. Shallow walk in waters lead off of our sugar sand beaches with the entire shore lined by visible sand bars running parallel to it, making it great for off shore wading or swimming, or other water sports. To the north, it’s a vast and endless view with well over 300 miles of water before the next point of land. To the northwest, there’s an amazing view of the downtown Chicago skyline, a little over 20 miles away over the lake.
Deep setbacks in residential areas protect the homes from fluctuating lake levels. A beautiful natural buffer of hundreds of feet of dunes stretch along our entire shoreline. This buffer is a beautiful wild sweep of dunes that protects our shoreline, and helps preserve several layers of foredunes and dunes behind them.
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. These areas have no-wake zones marked by buoys every summer season. Walk your (leashed) dog too, on trails between the beaches along the shore, or use the trails systems they are connected to (see Trails page).
Lots of 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. There is NO beach parking is available in residential areas.
Water Safety: Please practice water safety at all times. Never swim alone; swim with lifeguards and/or water watchers present. Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket appropriate for your weight and size and the water activity. Always wear a life jacket while boating, regardless of swimming skill. Stay safe and have fun!
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