- The Indiana Dune National Lakeshore comprises nearly 25 miles of lake front
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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
along southern Lake Michigan. It is bordered by Michigan City, Indiana, on the east, and Gary, Indiana, on the west. The park contains approximately 15,000 acres, 2,182 of which are located in Indiana Dunes State Park. This site is managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The Park showcases natural features such as, miles of beaches, sand dunes, bog, wetlands and woodland forests. Historic structures on the lakeshore include an 1830's French Canadian homestead and a working 1900-era farm.
Recreation - Recreation on the national lakeshore includes hiking and walking, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, hang gliding, viewing wildlife and viewing wildflowers. There are no boat launches within the park boundaries, but boaters are welcome to more their craft outside of buoyed beaches. There are also a number of historic structures within the lakeshore that are open to the public.
Climate - The national lakeshore's weather is greatly affected by Lake Michigan and can be unpredictable. Summers are warm and humid with high temperatures generally in the mid-80s (30c) and low temperatures in the mid-60s (18c). There are about 15 days per year above 90 (32c). Highs in the winter are usually in the low to mid 30s (0c) with low temperatures in the low 20s (-5c). There are about 15 days per year below 0 (-18c). Winters tend to be cloudy except for periods of extreme cold.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore lies approximately 50 miles southeast of Chicago, Illinois, in Northwest Indiana. The site spans three Indiana counties, Lake, Porter and LaPorte.