Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore protects 15,000 acres of lakefront, dunes, bogs, and marshes on the edge of Lake Michigan in northeastern Indiana. Dunewood Campground is the principal campground in the park with 78 sites (53 drive-up sites and 25-walk-in sites). The first-come first-serve campground is open seasonally from April to October. Sites are $18 per night (as of August, 2011), and amenities include flush toilets, showers, potable water, picnic tables, and fire rings. Firewood is available for purchase just outside the campground. The beach on Lake Michigan is only a mile from the campground, and there are several nearby day hikes including Dune Succession Trail.
The campground is tucked away in a lush oak forest, but train and freeway noise is pervasive. There are marshes nearby, so don’t be surprised if mosquitoes pay a visit. The drive-up campsites for tents and RVs are well spaced along paved loops to allow ample privacy. The walk-in sites receive fewer visitors and work as overflow space for those who don’t mind packing in their camping gear a short distance.
To get to the campground: Take Interstate 96 to exit 26 and drive north on Route 49 (from Interstate 90/84 take exit 31 to pick up Route 49 farther to the south). Drive 1.6 miles north of I-96 to Route 12 and turn right. Proceed 4.6 miles to Broadway and turn right. Make a quick left and then a right, following signs leading to Dunewood Campground.
Campground address: Dunewood Parkway, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Chesterton, IN 46304
Campground coordinates: 41.671509, -86.983514 (41° 40′ 17.43″N 86° 59′ 00.65″W)
|Dune Succession Trail|
This one-mile loop depicts the ecological transition from sand dunes to forest on the shore of Lake Michigan.