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The former Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore became the United States’ newest national park in February 2019. Including the neighboring state park, over 17,000 acres along the southern shore of Lake Michigan are designated to protect the beaches, sand dunes and wetlands that draw day-trippers from all over Indiana and nearby Chicago. Visitors can also find shops, activities and accommodations around the visitors center in Porter or in the nearby lake town of Michigan City.