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National Lakeshore reopens Central Avenue Beach in Beverly Shores

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Central Ave. Beach in Beverly Shores has been re-opened to the public, the National Park Service (NPS) announced.

The popular beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore had been closed for nearly a year after large storm waves removed almost all of its sand. The waves also left a dangerous eight-foot drop-off from the access path down to a mix of clay and asphalt chunks, the remnants of an old road bed.

“Over the last couple of months, the beach sand has been slowly replenished through natural deposition from the lake,” NPS said. “In addition, National Lakeshore staff removed the old road debris and created a walkable path to the beach.”

“When visiting Central Ave. Beach, the public is urged to remain on the beach area and not climb up the dune slopes directly behind the beach,” NPS added. “These slopes have been severely eroded, leaving them very dangerous to climb. Trees and other objects can be dislodged by climbing on the dunes and can cause those objects to fall on the climber. Visitors should always remain on designated trails for their safety and to protect the fragile dune habitat.”

NPS did remind folks that Central Ave. Beach is not patrolled by lifeguards. The only guarded beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is West Beach. Visitors should learn how to enjoy Lake Michigan safely and always check the National Weather Service forecast for dangerous lake conditions.

For more information on Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call (219) 395-1882 or visit


Posted 7/19/2016





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