When I typed "West Beach Recreation Area" into the iPhone map app on Tuesday, I was surprised to see the estimated travel time was 32 minutes.
A well-planned visit to the Indiana Dunes region could start at the Indiana Dunes Tourism Visitor Center at 1215 N. Ind. 49, Porter, just north of Interstate 94 and the Indiana Toll Road.
The West Beach Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore park is closed Tuesday as a result of the federal government shutdown.
Superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Costa Dillon, left, watches as Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar holds water from Lake Michigan in his hand while touring West Beach at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore during a visit to the region.
Children climb on a lifeguard chair at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's West Beach in Portage.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, center, looks at a project through which kids can make arrowheads during a tour Thursday of the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Constantine Dillon, far left, talks Thursday about activities for children at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Dillon toured the building with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, from left, Indiana Rep. Charlie Brown and Secretary of …
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Constantine Dillon, left, watches as Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar holds water from Lake Michigan in his hand Thursday while touring the national park. Salazar is visiting four Midwestern states this week to highlight America's initiati…
Environmentalist Lee Botts, left, walks with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Thursday during a tour of West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Botts, founder of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, said the secretary's visit means the National Park Service “really values this n…
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., left, and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar talk Thursday during a tour of West Beach at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Salazar, Durbin and other officials made an announcement in Chicago earlier Thursday about a $1 million federal grant for Lake Mic…
Lake Michigan can be a wonderful place to swim and surf, but it can also be a dangerous place. The National Park Service reminds visitors to use care when swimming in the lake. We do our best to inform the public of what they need to do to protect themselves, but we cannot make the park free…
PORTAGE | It was a long night for the missing 18-year-old Aurora, Ill., man as he walked through Northwest Indiana looking for help, officials said.
A 5-year-old Chicago Heights boy under water for about 10 minutes was airlifted from a Gary hospital to Chicago after being rescued from Lake Michigan on Thursday, officials said.
Lake Michigan's waters can be wicked. Calm one moment and deadly the next.
PORTER | You might think that the sizzling, desertlike sand is the last place you’d want to park your posterior on a day with triple-digit temperatures.
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: On hot summer weekends the beach parking lots along Indiana’s shore quickly fill up. That is, all but one. West Beach, part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, rarely fills up. The National Park Service wants to remind visitors that they can often find a pa…
PORTAGE | Fire managers at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are planning two prescribed burns in Portage and Beverly Shores.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is conducting a 58-acre prescribed fire at West Beach in Portage today.
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, talks Monday at a news conference announcing $1 million in federal grants at West Beach at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Gary on Monday.
Parks Superintendent Costa Dillon welcomes a crowd Monday to a news conference at West Beach at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Gary.
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