National Park, Regional Treasure: The Faces of Indiana Dunes

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These are just some of the people who care about Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Add your voice (or face!) to those who care about the our national parks.

Ted, Illinois

“Here is me skiing down one of the exciting cross-country ski trails in the Dunes. This photo was actually taken in the state park, but during this same day I skied the Ly-co-ki-we trail. I write adventure travel articles for out of Chicago and the Dunes is a favorite subject of mine. Here are a couple:

I would like to see the park expand on its cross country ski trails and groom one or two of the trails since the area gets decent lake affect snow. ”


Brynne, Washington, D.C.

“One hope I have for the future of INDU is that visitors respect the dunes—if there are park service signs asking you to stay on the trails, please do so! Crucial ecosystems & habitats can be ruined when people veer off the paths.”

James & Bryce, Indiana

“I’d like to see some food stands at the beach… and a water toy rental place!”

Sarah, Washington, D.C.

“It’s great that a place like Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore exists, where people can escape from the urban and industrial areas outside the park boundaries and relax on the beach, enjoy the lake, and watch wildlife.”

Ann, Illinois

 “I’m drawn to the park because it is the only national park in the Chicago area. That is something that I think we should really treasure and take care of.”

Marcus, Illinois

 “To get here from Chicago, you have to take the train but, unfortunately you’re not allowed to take your bike on the train. So I have to drive all the way out here just to enjoy this path.”

Stephanie, Washington, D.C.

“I love to visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore when I visit my family in Chicago. I'm so glad that this place is permanently preserved!”

Dan, Indiana

Photo taken during the 2010 NPS Sea Kayak Tour of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - June 5, 2010.

Jan & Ian, England

“After the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago, the peace and tranquility of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was an absolute delight. The views, particularly from Mount Baldy, were superb.”

Hillary, Illinois

“It worries me that invasive species are going to take over and we won’t have that great diversity of plants anymore and that is not good!”

Tom, Missouri

“It is kind of difficult sometimes to know when you are in the park and to find your way around. It is a large kind of unruly place.”

Linda, Indiana

“Parking and the route in could probably be a little better. Places like this could use some more parking.”

Catherine, Illinois

"My parents always took us to the Dunes growing up and we take our children there. It's a great and beautiful place to be and not far from Chicago! We need to protect our national parks and lakeshores....and animals. There is so much beauty in the US and we must protect it for generations to come."

Leslie, Illinois

"About a month ago I gave a 1950's Black and White 8 by 10 photo of the Pavillion to the Dunes museum. I hope they will display it. I did not see any original photo displayed. I spent a lot of my childhood at the park. My family camped and sometimes just visited the beach area. I went in October 2011 on a day temperature was about 80 degeees. It was wonderful to see the Fall colors and the beautiful beach and the Museum. I am 73 years old now and still love that park. a couple of years ago I went on the World's Fair Home tour and it was especially neat since my parents met at the World's Fair and thus Married. "

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