Places Trails & Beaches

A dog’s life…in the dunes. Places to take your pups!

May 21, 2018

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Feature photo: Otis

He is more than (wo)man’s best friend – he is your hiking buddy, your partner in crime & adventure, your pal, your dog in the dunes.

For those who always have a four-legged friend with them, here is a compilation of some of the trails, beaches, restaurants, breweries and activities throughout Northwest Indiana that you can enjoy together!

Dog friendly beaches:

  • Lake Street, Miller – There’s a designated dog beach on the west side of Lake Street in Miller. Dogs are also allowed east of Marquette Park on the residential area beaches, but there’s not really public beach parking throughout that area.
  • Central Ave. Beach  – Pines- Dogs are allowed on leashes
  • Kemil Beach and Dunbar Beach – Beverly Shores – Dogs are allowed with leashes
  • Lakeview Beach – Beverly Shores – Dogs allowed with leashes
  • Indiana Dunes State Park – Chesterton – Dogs are allowed with leashes to the right of the pavilion
  • Portage Lakefront – Portage – Dogs allowed on riverwalk, but not beach

**Service dogs are an exception to any pet rules and are allowed to accommodate their owner to all parks

Dog Friendly Trails:
Dogs are fortunately allowed on most trails in the area on a leash.

Exceptions include:

  • Glenwood Dunes Trail System – due to horse being permitted on the main trails
  • Great Marsh Trail – Beverly Shores – due to being a populated wetland ecosystem.
  • Nature Play Area – the area located on the east side of the Paul H. Douglas Center where the main parking lot is fenced off.

    Lulu running in the dunes. Photo taken by Brenda Campbell

Dog Friendly Parks/Gardens

These are the off-leash parks in the area

These are on-leash larger parks and gardens

**Most city-owned dog parks require permits

Dog friendly restaurants.
We updated our top 20 outdoor patio list and have included the restaurants that are dog friendly. You will find a “DF” next to each restaurant that allows dogs on their decks.

Top 20 Outdoor Patios in the Dunes
Also Goblin & the Grocer (Beverly Shores & Set em’ Up Lanes, Griffith

Dog Friendly Breweries & Wineries

Are we missing someone? Let us know!

Dog friendly stores.
These are all chains, but a few are in our area. It’s good to know!

Do you know of some other dog-friendly areas that we didn’t include? Please let us know and we will add them!

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