UPDATE: Dunes National Park Offers Hotline For Parking, Open Beaches

May 19, 2020

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PORTER, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Dunes National Park has started an information line to help visitors find an open beach with available parking amid severe shoreline erosion along Lake Michigan and the need for social distancing. Beginning Saturday morning, visitors can call 219-395-1003 to hear recorded information on available parking at Indiana Dunes National Park beaches and nearby Indiana Dunes State Park. The national park says the information line will be updated regularly throughout the day during beach season between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The information can help visitors avoid smaller national park beaches and parking lots that tend to fill early on weekends.

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PORTER, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Dunes National Park is reopening part of a local beach in time for the Memorial Day weekend, but officials will be monitoring beachgoers to make sure they adhere to coronavirus pandemic safeguards. The national park temporarily closed its portion of Porter Beach on May 6, citing “unsafe health conditions” including a lack of social distancing. Park spokesman Bruce Rowe said Tuesday the park would reopen its stretch of Porter Beach, beach parking lots and restroom facilities on Saturday. The park officials intend to close the beach again if visitors are found to be disregarding pandemic precautions.