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REGION RANTS: Paradise found

REGION RANTS: Paradise found

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.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Swimming, hiking, history, ecology all highlight the Indiana Dunes

Swimming, hiking, history, ecology all highlight the Indiana Dunes

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.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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With National Lakeshore closed, students see impact of federal shutdown

With National Lakeshore closed, students see impact of federal shutdown

The West Beach Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore park is closed Tuesday as a result of the federal government shutdown.

October 01, 2013 4:59 pm
Great Lakes program inspires rare bipartisanship

Great Lakes program inspires rare bipartisanship

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.

September 15, 2013 12:01 pm
Become a resident tourist, tour guide

Become a resident tourist, tour guide

Children climb on a lifeguard chair at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's West Beach in Portage.

May 12, 2013 12:00 am
Salazar praises National Lakeshore during visit to region

Salazar praises National Lakeshore during visit to region

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.

August 16, 2012 7:45 pm
Salazar praises National Lakeshore during visit to region

Salazar praises National Lakeshore during visit to region

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 …

August 16, 2012 7:45 pm
Salazar praises National Lakeshore during visit to region

Salazar praises National Lakeshore during visit to region

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…

August 16, 2012 7:45 pm
Salazar praises National Lakeshore during visit to region

Salazar praises National Lakeshore during visit to region

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…

August 16, 2012 7:45 pm
Salazar praises National Lakeshore during visit to region

Salazar praises National Lakeshore during visit to region

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…

August 16, 2012 7:45 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Play at beaches, but play it safe

GUEST COMMENTARY: Play at beaches, but play it safe

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…

July 26, 2012 12:00 am

Man reported missing from beach wandered to East Chicago

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.

July 23, 2012 10:00 pm

Chicago Heights child rescued from Lake Michigan, airlifted to Chicago

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.

July 19, 2012 8:45 pm
Lifeguarded beaches along Lake Michigan are hit-or-miss

Lifeguarded beaches along Lake Michigan are hit-or-miss

Lake Michigan's waters can be wicked. Calm one moment and deadly the next.

July 14, 2012 5:30 pm
Riding the heat wave: Extended high temperatures setting records at the Dunes

Riding the heat wave: Extended high temperatures setting records at the Dunes

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.

July 06, 2012 12:51 pm

Avoid the Beach Crowds and Go to West Beach

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…

June 11, 2012 8:58 pm

Prescribed burns planned today at National Lakeshore properties

PORTAGE | Fire managers at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are planning two prescribed burns in Portage and Beverly Shores.

April 04, 2012 9:03 am

Prescribed burn planned today at West Beach

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is conducting a 58-acre prescribed fire at West Beach in Portage today.

March 20, 2012 8:56 am
Feds award nearly $1 million in grants for Great Lakes projects

Feds award nearly $1 million in grants for Great Lakes projects

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.

August 15, 2011 3:10 pm
Feds award nearly $1 million in grants for Great Lakes projects

Feds award nearly $1 million in grants for Great Lakes projects

Parks Superintendent Costa Dillon welcomes a crowd Monday to a news conference at West Beach at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Gary.

August 15, 2011 3:10 pm
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