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Expect traffic jams on Indiana 49, full State Park lots over July 4 weekend

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Expect traffic jams on Indiana 49 full State Park lots over July 4

Indiana Dunes State Park, Porter Police, and Indiana Dunes Tourism are alerting the public that Fourth of July weekend is historically one of the busiest weekends at the Indiana Dunes.

Folks are advised that—if the weather is warm and sunny on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday of the Fourth of July weekend—traffic backups are likely on Ind. 49, entering the park.

Brandt Baughman, park manager at Indiana Dunes State Park, said the peak hours for entering the park are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. He urges visitors to arrive earlier in the morning, or wait until about 3 p.m., when traffic usually clears up and many of the early arriving guests leave and free up parking spaces.

Baughman said that guests can help speed up the entry process by paying with cash rather than a credit card.

Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer added that West Beach, located on Lake/Porter County Line Road in Portage, like Dunes State Park, has extensive parking and is a good option for holiday weekends. Many of the beach access points with smaller parking lots fill up much earlier in the day than West Beach and Dunes State Park do.

The bottom line, said Porter Police Chief James Spanier, is to “stay patient and expect delays.”

Baughman said Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekends are generally the busiest weekends if the weather is good.

Posted 6/28/2011

 

 

 

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