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Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival

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Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

1215 North State Road 49

Porter, IN 46304

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We are excited to announce the inaugural Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival, which will take place October 6-8, 2017! The greater dunes region is packed with outdoor adventure opportunities and the festival will bring together all these activities in one place. With support from Indiana Dunes Tourism, the Indiana Dunes State Park, and a dozen other partners, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will host this three-day event.

Centered at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center on State Road 49, the festival will showcase the region’s natural and cultural significance through hiking, paddling, biking, and other activities such as yoga, geo-caching, photography, birding, and orienteering. The festival has events for everyone including families, beginners, experts, and those with limited mobility. The only requirements are the desire to have an outdoor adventure and to have a great time!

Outdoor adventures extend well beyond the national lakeshore. The festival will take place across the region with activities in Porter, La Porte, and Lake counties. A highlight of the weekend will be the grand opening of the Little Calumet River Water Trail with a tour sponsored by the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, Shirley Heinz Land Trust, and Save The Dunes.

Another unique opportunity will be backpacking in the national lakeshore. With support from REI, we will be leading an overnight backpacking trip to Cowles Bog beach and back. Enjoy the sunset from your tent pitched on the beach along Lake Michigan! No experience required and equipment will be available to rent.

The visitor center will host a variety of activities as well. Outdoor related presentations in the auditorium will showcase regional adventure opportunities and educational talks will give the necessary know-how to experience an adventure. In the activity room, regional outdoor organizations will have booths providing information and expertise.


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1. The festival is headquartered at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 North State Road 49 in Porter, Indiana. The phone number is 219-395-1882. The visitor center will be open from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm during the festival.

2. Several events have a limited number of participants. Slots will be filled on a first registered, first served basis.

3. Check each event's description for the meeting location. Most events will not start at the visitor center.

4. Please print out you registration confirmation email ahead of time. We cannot print out your registration confirmation at the visitor center.

5. In order to obtain free admission into the Indiana Dunes State Park for a festival event, you must either stop into the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center ahead of time to receive your festival pass or print out your festival registration receipt to show at the state park's entrance station. Free admission is only valid for the specific festival events being held at the state park the festival weekend.

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