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Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival

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Group: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

When: Friday, October 6, 1 pm to Sunday, October 8, 4pm

Where: Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Cost: Free

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The inaugural Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival will take place October 6-8, 2017 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and several nearby locations. 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 free, 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 for 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.

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