Indiana Dunes National Park Eyes Erosion-Fighting Sand Traps

Dec 26, 2019

From a post to the Indiana Dunes National Park Facebook page on Dec. 12, 2019 indicating that the Lake View parking lot and beach access is temporarily closed due to hazardous conditions resulting from erosion. This closure is necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety. This closure will remain in effect December 12, 2019 to May 1, 2020 or until further notice.

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) — The National Park Service and a northwestern Indiana town will install sand traps along the Lake Michigan shoreline to combat beach erosion at the Indiana Dunes National Park.

The federal agency was scheduled to begin working Friday with the town of Beverly Shores to fill 300 linear feet of sand traps at the national park.

Officials are asking the public to steer clear of the area as heavy equipment is used to install and fill the sand traps. The park has 15 miles (24 kilometers) of shoreline. Park officials say Lake Michigan's water level remains “well above the long-term average."