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NPS closes beach at Portage Lakefront site due to wave damage

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The National Park Service (NPS) has temporarily closed access to the beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site, after recent storm waves washed away a portion of a sand dune and the only designated trail to the beach.

“Despite the closure of the beach access, all other areas of Portage Lakefront remain open to the public, including the pavilion, trail, riverwalk and breakwater,” NPS said. “Portage Lakefront, one of the most popular sites in the National Lakeshore, is operated by the City of Portage in partnership with the National Park Service.”

“At more than 580 feet above sea level, Lake Michigan’s water level remains well above the long-term average,” NPS noted. “The higher lake level, in combination with recent storm waves, has resulted in continued erosion and narrower beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Despite the erosion, all beach access, except at Portage Lakefront, remains open along the 15-miles of shoreline within the National Lakeshore.”


Posted 11/2/2018




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