Beaches in Indiana

What you need to know about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and beaches in Indiana

Last updated: 13 May 2020
COVID-19 Updates- Beaches closures in Indiana
State Parks are open for the public. Outdoor activities are permitted when compiling with social distancing requirements. Swimming, water related activities and beach access are not mentioned in the new executive order.
COVID-19 Updates - Recreational water quality monitoring
Indiana BeachGuard water quality monitoring is currently running normally. Click here for infomation about the program.
Executive order 20-26 from the State of Indiana was issued as an executive order by the Governor of Indiana, Eric J. Holcomb on May 1. Click here to access the executive order


Indiana is one of 8 states that border the Great Lakes. The best beaches in Indiana are found on Lake Michigan. Indiana’s shores along Lake Michigan feature white sandy beaches where rolling dunes tower and families flock. The name Michigan originates from the Ojibwa word “Mishigami” meaning “big lake”. Beaches in Indiana offer a range of recreational water activities, from swimming, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, and scuba diving to visiting the lake’s numerous shipwrecks.

One of the best known Lake Michigan beaches in Indiana is Indiana Dunes, which is now a part of Indiana Dunes National Seashore National Park, which was created in 2019. This is a perfect place for a beach day. Conditions are excellent for everything from sand castle building to windsurfing.

While Lake Michigan is the most recognizable water body to the north, don’t miss out on other great swim spots like Pokagon Beach, Lake Monroe, Hidden Paradise, Miller Beach and Brookville Lake, just to name a few. Dock diving, tubing, canoeing lessons and secluded beaches are all available.

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