Entrance to Indiana Dunes National Park is free. The Park Service wants to change this | Chicago News



View of Lake Michigan in Indiana Dunes National Park. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

The free ride to Indiana Dunes National Park is about to end.

There are currently no entrance fees or parking fees to access the national park, except for the amenity fee for West Beach. The National Park Service is proposing to change this and introduce an entry fee that would take effect on March 31, 2022.

The new fees would provide funding for additional equipment for visitors and resolve a maintenance backlog, officials said.

A basic vehicle pass, valid for seven days, would cost $ 25, which is lower than what is typically charged in national parks. The lower rate was chosen by the park service because of Indiana Dunes’ location near a “large and underserved population,” the agency said.

The park service is hosting a virtual public meeting on Wednesday to share more information on entrance fees and also some additions offered to park campsites. Details of the meeting, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., are available online.

Comments will be collected during the meeting. Those unable to attend can still weigh in on the proposal by submitting comments online before October 1.

Contact Patty Wetli: @pattywetli | (773) 509-5623 | [email protected]



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