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Indiana Dunes temporarily closes Portage Lakefront due to erosion

PORTAGE, Ind. — Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has closed beach access due to erosion following recent storm waves which destroyed part of a sand dune and the only designated beach trail at Portage's Lakefront and Riverwalk area.

Lake Michigan's water level is above the long-term average at approximately 580 feet above sea level. 

Recent storms and Lake Michigan's water level have caused erosion as well as narrowing beaches along the shoreline.

Other designated areas of Portage Lakefront will remain open for the public to enjoy including pavillion, breakwater and riverwalk.

The popular Portage Lakefront is operated by the City of Portage in partnership with the National Park Service. 

Additional information about Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore can be found here or by calling information services at 219-395-1882.



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