Indiana Dunes State Park West Beach

Chesterton, Indiana

At Indiana Dunes State Park West Beach, visitors can explore the interpretive centre, make use of the campground, and enjoy the concessions stand, picnic tables, and shelters. Parking and restrooms are available. Pets are allowed on the non-swimming beach.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 19th, 2021. Swim Drink Fish Canada - Great Lakes Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 20th, 2021 at 2:50 PM.
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Current Weather
28°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

Indiana Dunes State Park West Beach is sampled daily from May 21st to September 3th.

Source Information

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) implements the Lake Michigan Beach Monitoring and Notification Program in partnership with beach managers and their staff who collect and test water samples from Lake Michigan beaches. Health departments in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties test Indiana beaches from May to September. Some beaches are tested daily, some several times a week, and some are tested weekly. When the information is posted to Indiana's BeachGuard webpage, Swim Drink Fish updates Swim Guide.

Indiana beaches are posted when a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli / 100 ml.

In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency has two sets of recommendations for freshwater and marine beaches. A single sample at a freshwater beach should not exceed 235 E. coli / 100 ml of water. A single sample at a marine beach should not exceed 104 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a freshwater beach should not exceed 126 E. coli / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a marine beach should not exceed 35 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. States may choose to use this standard or they may substitute a standard that is "as protective as" the EPA's recommendation. The Beach Act is the nation's primary beach protection law.

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Indiana Dunes State Park West Beach

Chesterton, Indiana

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 19th, 2021. Swim Drink Fish Canada - Great Lakes Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on August 20th, 2021 at 2:50 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
28°C
Clear and sunny

At Indiana Dunes State Park West Beach, visitors can explore the interpretive centre, make use of the campground, and enjoy the concessions stand, picnic tables, and shelters. Parking and restrooms are available. Pets are allowed on the non-swimming beach.

Monitoring Frequency

Indiana Dunes State Park West Beach is sampled daily from May 21st to September 3th.

Source Information

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) implements the Lake Michigan Beach Monitoring and Notification Program in partnership with beach managers and their staff who collect and test water samples from Lake Michigan beaches. Health departments in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties test Indiana beaches from May to September. Some beaches are tested daily, some several times a week, and some are tested weekly. When the information is posted to Indiana's BeachGuard webpage, Swim Drink Fish updates Swim Guide.

Indiana beaches are posted when a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli / 100 ml.

In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency has two sets of recommendations for freshwater and marine beaches. A single sample at a freshwater beach should not exceed 235 E. coli / 100 ml of water. A single sample at a marine beach should not exceed 104 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a freshwater beach should not exceed 126 E. coli / 100 ml of water. The geometric mean of 5 samples from a marine beach should not exceed 35 Enterococci / 100 ml of water. States may choose to use this standard or they may substitute a standard that is "as protective as" the EPA's recommendation. The Beach Act is the nation's primary beach protection law.

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Water Quality Graph

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