The National Park
Service (NPS) is announcing that the Pavilion at Indiana Dunes National
Park’s Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site remains open and safe for use
despite the recent erosion of a sand dune directly west of the Pavilion.
NPS reports that
while access to the beach is not possible due to the erosion, the Pavilion
itself remains safe for public use.
Despite the closure
of beach access, all other areas of Portage Lakefront remain open to the
public, including the Pavilion, upland trail, riverwalk, and breakwater.
Activities such as park programs, weddings, and public meetings can still
take place in the building.
water level remains well above the long-term average,” NPS said. “The higher
lake level, in combination with recent storm waves, has resulted in
continued erosion and narrower beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
The National Park Service will continue to monitor the conditions at Portage
Lakefront and along the entire 15 miles of park shoreline. The park plans to
reestablish a safe beach access trail at Portage Lakefront in time for the
one of the most popular sites in the National Park, is owned by the federal
government but jointly operated by the City of Portage and NPS.
“The National Park
Service and the City of Portage will continue to work with other partners in
seeking a sand nourishment solution for the erosion issues at Portage
Lakefront,” NPS said. “Sand nourishment involves placing sand, obtained from
other locations, onto eroded beaches. While this method has to be repeated
over time, it is known to be the most effective solution and does not cause
damage to neighboring stretches of beach like rock walls or other armoring
information on beach access at Indiana Dunes National Park, call (219)
395-1882 or visit www.nps.gov/indu