Areas of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore normally closed after sunset will
remain open on Friday, July 2, so that the public may enjoy the annual
“Fireworks on the Lakefront” event staged off the coast of Indiana Dunes
State Park and the National Lakeshore.
The entire Lake Michigan shoreline in Porter County, east of the NIPSCO
generating station, is within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and under the
jurisdiction of the National Park Service. The park boundary extends 300
feet into the lake. Under current park regulations, this shoreline is closed
to public use 30 minutes after sunset. In order to accommodate the fireworks
event the shoreline from Dune Acres to Lake View will be open until 11:30
p.m. July 5. Other park regulations, including the prohibition of the use of
personal use fireworks on the beach and the prohibition of glass containers
on the beach, will remain in effect.
The following areas will remain open on July 5, 2013, until 11:30 p.m.:
*Wabash Ave. parking lots and restrooms.
*Kemil access (East State Park Road) parking lots and restrooms.
*Dunbar parking lot and restroom.
*Lake View parking lot and restroom.
*Beach below the toe of the dune and park waters from the west end of West
Road in Dune Acres to Lake View.
All other closures and use limits in the 2013 Superintendent’s Compendium
and 36 CFR remain unchanged. The public closure regulations remain in effect
for all other areas of the park. The complete set of park regulations can be
found on the park website
There are no fees charged for parking in National Park Service parking lots,
but parking is extremely limited and lots are expected to fill long before
National Park Service personnel will be on duty during the event to provide
law enforcement, emergency medical services, crowd control, parking
management, and maintenance of National Park Service areas. The National
Park Service is supporting this event by waiving the normal Special Use
Permit requirements, including fees and cost recovery charges.